This one's especially for those of you who've been complaining about the lack of round-robin emails clogging up your inbox telling you about the lastest goings on in Leeds. Yes that's right it's time for another incredibly exciting Technique news letter. And may I first say merry christmas to one and all,
big love to everybody who's helped us make it to the end of 2003 and the beginning of what looks to be a very exciting 2004. May Santa shower you with fabulous
Well bugger me with a barge pole if Funk D'Void and Steve Bug didn't rock the shit out of the Mint two weeks ago. The trouble with getting amazing DJs to play is that one tends to get slightly carried away and end up passing out in random people's houses with no recollection of where you are, how you got there or
where you're meant to be. Such was the problem for all in attendance a fortnight ago. Despite this we're already looking forward to having both guys back, but only if Steve promises to attempt spinning on his head again.
Coming up we have a truly great festive period planned, starting with the annual Christmas party this Saturday with our lovely resident MEAT KATIE returning alongside long time heroes of ours HYBRID making their Technique debut. That's what we like, a proper breaks rinseout just in time for all you departing students to celebrate your end of term. You know what to expect, last year saw everyone wearing Santa hats and Phil Kieran dropping Depeche Mode, this year everyone will be wearing Santa hats and waiting with baited breath for the festive delights these stalwarts of the breaks scene will be pulling out of their boxes. £8 in, 10pm-6am.
Then on 31st December it's the INAUGURAL TECHNIQUE NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY!!!!
Going head to head with our cousins ASYLUM, the Mint club's two resident Saturday nights join forces for one night only with ressies PBR STREETGANG, DAVE MARTIN, DAN WARD, JAY KILKA, SI BAKER and KID BLUE spinning top quality tuneage from across the whole spectrum of underground dance music until the early hours. Listed at No. 3 in Mixmag's top 30 NYE nights out, lack of big name guests means the door price is an unbeatable £12 only, and we think you can't get a much better value for money NYE experience. With all sorts of treats and decor going into the club this looks set to be a belter, and with tickets going fast make sure you get yours soon! You can pick 'em up from all the usual places, plus Sole in Sheffield and the Disc in Bradford. Those of you too far down South to easily reach the party capital of the UK can book by credit card, just ring 0113 242 0506 and speak to Jason, but ladies beware, he's a bit of a player. Oh and don't forget the New Year's Day after party at a top secret location - venue through the grapevine.
Heading on into 2004, we have two great parties lined up with the MOSTWANTED ALL STARS banging out the delights on January 10th, and then the wonderful STOMPAPHUNK ressies making the long trip up from Brighton on January 24th.
Could it get any better? Well yes it could because we've just confirmed MATTHEW HERBERT for the 3rd birthday party on February 7th. Oh my god I've just wet
Anyway, enough from me. If you don't hear from us before have a top Xmas and a fantastic New Year, but if you've got any sense you'll be spending it with us up here in sunny Leeds!
Danke (thank you in German) xxx
Hi there folks,
Hope you have all recovered and are ready for the next installment of TECHNIQUE action. Thanks to everybody who made it down to see the roadblock that was Tom Middleton and Mark Pritchard AKA JEDI KNIGHTS at the club, two weeks ago. Well, wasn't that a bit special? An exlcusive four and a half hour set from the guys- one of only 4 this year!!! From Hip Hop to Techno in one set and without any seams, wow.
So what have we got for you this week? Not one but two UK exclusives, FUNK D'VOID of the mighty Soma recordings will be flying in from Barcelona to give us some some of his trademark jackin and beautiful techno. Alongside Mr D'Void we also have, for his first appearance ever outside of London STEVE BUG arriving from Berlin. Steve is the head honcho of the hugely influential POKER FLAT RECORDS and general master of all things twisted and deeeep! He will be DJing with the aid of the software revolution that is Final Scratch. They will be ably assisted by our very own DAVE MARTIN, and if he's still standing JAY KILKA (it's his birthday y'know, just don't ask him how old he is!) This really is one, not to be missed. Doors (and the bar) open at 10pm and close when you drop, and entry is priced at a very reasonable £8, bargain that's what we say.
You can also catch Dave Martin's interview and guest mix on the LSR Club Show, tomorrow at 6:30pm on 106.6fm (or at www. lsrfm.com, for those of you out of range or overseas).
And as if that wasn't enough, we have a special treat for you lot down there in the BIG SMOKE, TECHNIQUE will be taking up a new London residency at MEAT KATIE and RENNIE PILGREM's HUM @ THE FORTRESS in the new year. You are soooo lucky =0)
For now we'll keep the other London plan under raps and won't say too much about Dave's trip to Madrid early in 2004.
Au Revoir for now amigo's, see you at the club
29th NOVEMBER 03
TECHNIQUE @ MINT CLUB
FUNK D'VOID (Soma)
STEVE BUG (Poker Flat, Berlin)
Doors: 10pm - late
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4 May 2003...
Well, we're all recovering from sunstroke - gone are the days of us all moaning about the Yorkshire cold up here at Technique Towers, Leeds hit 25 degrees this weekend and we were all out playing in the sun. Apparently so was the rest of Leeds, from midday onwards, which explains the slightly smaller crowd than usual for Nathan Coles and Big Hair, however for those that were there we were treated to an absolutely storming night of tech-house right out of the top drawer. Add to that some extremely naughty behaviour (snorting Advocaat at eight in the morning anyone?) and one hell of a good night was had by all. Big love to Nathan, Chris, Aaron and Stevino for keeping us all amused with their antics, it won't be long before they return we're sure.
Two weeks previously saw Miss Kittin's debut and boy did that go off. Bringing her unique brand of techno to Technique, the first lady of the scene literally blew the roof off, turning the dancefloor into a veritable mosh-pit in the process and leaving the Technique faithful begging for more. And she was nice enough to say it was one of her favourite gigs in the UK - flattery will get you everywhere my dear! One of the best nights down at Oslo, yet another one we're sure you'll be seeing grace the decks again soon.
On the Sunday in between the MostWanted crew threw a fantastic bank holiday party down at Revolution with our mates the Stanton Warriors, who rocked out so much the sound system had a coronary (or whatever a sound system's equivalent of a coronary is). Much respect to the ever resourceful John St John, manager of said bar, who managed to resuscitate it and keep the party rocking. Big props to the Stantons for their cut ups of Metro Area and Groove Armada and to the MostWanted all-stars for finishing off the night with 'Rock the Casbah' and Betty Boo's 'Where Are You Baby?'. Left all those pissed up revellers screaming for more.
We're getting ready to go weekly from the 12th July onwards, but before then we have the wonderful Meat Katie returning with his mate Elite Force on 14th June. Anybody who has heard their recent collaborations on Kingsize and TCR will know just how good this one will be. It's been a while since Elite Force has been up so we're particularly looking forward to that one.
Then we see the first ever Kilowatt Recordings party on 28th June with DJ Hyper and Stir Fry. Hyper's Bedrock Breaks mix album has gone down a storm recently, and those of you familiar with Stir Fry's chunky, funky breaks sound will want to make sure you check this out. And it gives you a chance to forget that you missed out on tickets for Glastonbury.
On the 12th July we have ex-Red Snapper main man Richard Thair manning the Technique decks for the second time, guaranteed to rock the party with his eclectic mix of breaks, electro and dubbed out grooviness. Add to that a set from rising stars the Deckshufflers (not in any way responsible for the Shuffle Ya Booty EP doing the rounds at the moment), and it's yet another party undoubtedly going to go off.
So there you go, that's our news, coming up this Friday 6th June you can see Technique residents Kid Blue, Jay Kilka and Dave Martin guesting down at Firstfriday at Medussa in Brixton alongside Duncan Gray from Sons of Slough and the World Krack Cartel. Entry is a very reasonable £5 so all you big-smokers, get off yo asses and come and shake your booty!
Until next time.
The lucky winner of the signed Pea Green Boat Album competition is... JGIRA from Glendale, CA. Nice one!! Keep hold of it, it's gonna be worth a few big ones before you know it!!!
Well, it's been another exciting couple of weeks for the Technique crew. Hopefully you'll all have noticed that we're now officially the number 1 club night in the country (well, according to Mixmag anyway) and it's about time too if you ask us. Looks like all those years of refusing to compromise are finally starting to pay off! Technique just keeps on getting bigger and better, and we'd like to say thanks to all of you for your continued support over the past two years. We've had some amazing nights recently - Colin Dale came up on March 8th playing some of the most beautiful tech-house-disco we've heard in a while, ably supported by the big man Kid Blue, dishing out his unique brand of stomping 4/4. A quality night was had by all, big love to all who made it down to catch the non-breaks side of Technique, there'll be more to come.
Pea Green Boat have been busy - they were at Chew the Fat making their Brixton debut on Friday 14th. Top night, many thanks to the London crew for making the trip. They also celebrated the launch of their album on Sunday at Revolution in Leeds to a highly appreciative crowd. The boys will be appearing on XFM this Friday night on 'The Remix Show', 9pm-11pm, with a half hour guest mix that showcases the more up-tempo side to their sound, check it out on 104.9 FM. They'll also be having a London album launch party a week on Wednesday (that's April 2nd) at Market Place, 11 Market Place, London, W1 (it's near Oxford Circus tube station), with a special 2 hour live/DJ set showcasing their fantastic first album 'Two Way Traffic' as well as a whole load of new stuff. You don't want to miss this.
This weekend saw the return of our wandering superstar resident DJ Meat Katie, this time accompanied by Justin Drake of Peace Division fame, and fuck me it was a blinder. Top funky techhousebreaks just the way we like it up here accompanied by a truly amazing set from the friendliest man in Leeds, Jay Kilka. Oh and by the way Mr Katie, there'll be no going early next time - we'll be locking you up in a hotel room until we're satisfied with how wrecked you are and only then will we let you leave! Shouts to Andy C - last night at Technique for a while - leaving for Korea for a year to become a Tae Kwon Do master, we'll miss you mate, but we'll be here when you get back.
Coming up we've got a good few nights for ya, with Duncan Gray and Darkglobe on April 5th giving us the next installment of the Whole9Yards tech funk sessions. Anyone who has heard Duncan's electro-house releases as one half of Sons of Slough or under his own name on Salt Hill recordings will know this is going to be one hell of a chunky house session, and we can only begin to imagine quite how rinsing Matt Darkglobe's breaks will be. We're drooling just thinking about it. Then on April 19th it's the return of those breakbeat superstars the Plump DJs, and oh my gosh it's a bank holiday weekend. This one could get messy. It'll be followed on Sunday 20th with an after party to be held at the beautiful Northern Light - Technique taking the downstairs floor, Playmusic the upstairs and Mr Nightmares on Wax himself DJ E.A.S.E in the third room. Anybody left standing wins a special prize!
As if that wasn't enough, we're proud to announce our May Bank Holiday weekend line up - on the Saturday May 3rd we have the longest running breaks label, TCR, celebrating 10 years of cutting edge dancefloor mayhem with a birthday party of gargantuan proportions featuring Sir Rennie Pilgrem, BLIM and Koma and Bones. That's also in conjunction with Perfecto records celebrating the launch of Rennie's Perfecto Breaks compilation. Then on Sunday May 4th we're proud to announce the official Most Wanted after party with VERY special guest Mr David Holmes. We'll be selling combined tickets for both events available from Loop Records so make sure you don't miss out - get your tickets now!
Anyway, that's probably enough for now, so keep cool kids.
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