Those who got down there a bit earlier were rewarded with a brilliant opening set from Spoo Hakki, getting the night started with an eclectic and impressive set that masterfully slammed together all sorts of different genres. One reason I rated Mr Hakki so highly is that I finally got to hear some Ghetto Funk; an emerging music genre that blends breakbeat, funk, hip-hop, and bass music.
By the time Elite Force took to the stage the crowd was well and truly ready. Right from the get go it was clear that he was keen to set the tone for the rest of the evening; and that tone was a relentless and punishing sound that straddled the divide between Breaks and Electro House effortlessly.
When the music stopped and the lights flickered back on I know I – like everyone else there – wasn’t ready for it to end. We grudgingly made our way out of the door and into the cold streets of Leeds. All I have to say is that if you ever get a chance to see Elite Force…you’d be a fool not to. And also, make sure you keep an ear to the ground for Spoo Hakki, as I’m sure he’s gonna be making some big waves this year.
'Now Then!'s second outing was full of the further promise of great things to come. Creator Steve James's passion for showcasing the finest artists in the fields of Breaks and Electro could definitely pay off. After their first night which featured a huge line-up including “The Freestylers”, “Plump DJ's” and “Featurecast”, we cerainly hoped for more of the same creative flair, and found ourselves rewarded by the bucket load. Their next event is already scheduled and it will feature the likes of “Rack n' Ruin” and the mighty “Stanton Warriors”. Leeds’ fervent focus on house music and its subsidaries risks becoming a choke hold for creativity, can 'Now Then' help loosen it's current grip and break the mould? We certainly hope so! See you at the next event!
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