I first heard the sounds of mysterious mask-wearing producer Slow Magic back in 2012 when I was working for a newspaper in the North East, putting together a daily rundown of the best music, art, dance, and theatre the region was offering that day.
His music hooked me instantly and although I was unable to make his Newcastle show that night, I promised myself that I would get around to seeing him perform live.
Four years later and having passed on the Slow Magic bug to my better half, who should we happen to hear was playing in Leeds a few months after we arrived here, but the man himself, at the city’s Brudenell Social Club.
As a teenage rocker, reading the likes of Kerrang! magazine, I had frequently seen Brudenell Social Club appearing as the Leeds stop on bands’ tour dates, so it excited me to visit such an unconventional venue that I knew had a reputation for attracting great acts and helping to launch music careers.
To give you an example of the eclectic range of artists this venue caters for, that August Thursday night’s chilled out EDM performance would be followed the next day by what was no doubt a rammed show by New York hardcore punk legends Sick of It All.
After work Karis and I walked through town to the venue, which is quite a way off the beaten track, but worth the trip.
There was a very relaxed feel about the clientele and a social buzz when we arrived, with groups chatting perched on the outdoor seating. There was even a bus onsite that had been converted into a pizza restaurant.
Inside, the venue retains much of the charm of a social club: the wrap around pub sofas, the lounge/venue separation, and also the reasonably priced drinks.
There’s also a decent selection of drinks to be had – I may now be a fan of rhubarb cider.
Up first were local duo Laminate Pet Animal, who do live dance music, and do it right. Live drums, vocoders, the works. It was a pleasure to watch two people create such depth of sound and incorporate such musical technicality into their tracks.
Second on the bill was Bambooman. Again, a Yorkshire lad, his set brought with it a variety of styles. However, the nature of the performance left me a little bored. Perhaps it was on account of following LPA or waiting to see Slow Magic.
But the headliner certainly stole the show. The two of us love the Slow Magic tracks anyway, but to be able to see them performed with live drums was pretty special.
His humility and crowd interaction brought you in straight away, and, helped by the intimate feeling of the venue, it felt like we were having a private performance at home with a group of friends.
It was a top night and we’d both definitely catch a Slow Magic set again.
What to see/do:
- There’s plenty of shows going on at Brudenell Social Club. Check out the listings here: http://www.brudenellsocialclub.co.uk/
- You don’t even need to go to a gig. Just nip by and have a pint or maybe even a pizza.
Would we go back?
- We’ve already been back and we’re sure to be back again.