Back to Basics announce 25th anniversary orchestral extravaganza

With Leeds being the birthplace and home for Catch Recordings, we couldn't think of a more fitting piece to feature this week...See below for all details of this extraordinary show! 

A new live music spectacular will see classic club dancefloor anthems reimagined and performed in a unique and contemporary way on Millennium Square this summer as two contrasting Leeds-based musical institutions come together for the first time to celebrate the full range of the city’s sensational musical offering.

The soundtrack of legendary Leeds club night Back to Basics will be performed by a 50-piece symphony orchestra from Opera North in a live extravaganza at the heart of the city centre on Friday, July 28.

The event, entitled The Symphonic Sounds of Back to Basics, is a new collaboration between Opera North, Leeds City Council and Back to Basics founder Dave Beer, which also marks an incredible 25 years at the forefront of UK club culture for the trailblazing brand.

The production team responsible for creating this spectacular show are renowned songwriter and producer Steve Anderson, who has been musical director for Kylie Minogue for over 20 years, and whose credits include Paul McCartney, Take That and Leona Lewis - and Cliff Masterson, who has worked as conductor and arranger for artists including Emeli Sandé, Little Mix and Katherine Jenkins.  Together they curated the sell-out Lush Classics concerts in Belfast, produced the music for the opening of the Commonwealth Games, Glasgow (2014) and composed original music for the London Olympics (2012).

Steve Anderson said: “Cliff and I are so honoured to be working with the incredible Orchestra of Opera North in such a beautiful setting. Our new, expanded arrangements of club classics will bring back some very special memories for anyone who’s ever danced, made friends or fallen in love at the legendary Back to Basics”.

The evening will also include special guest appearances from well-known club artists and long-time friends of Back to Basics: Adamski, Robert Owens, A Man called Adam and The Beloved with more star guests still to be announced.

Dave Beer, founder and owner of Back to Basics said: “I'm really excited about this event and it's a privilege to be working alongside Opera North and their amazing orchestra. Music has always been my life and I've devoted the biggest part of it to bringing music to the city that I love. I'm so proud that Leeds City Council recognises our contribution to the city over the past 25 years and is honouring us in this way. 

Since its inception back in 1991, many friendships and unions have been made by those people who met on our dance floors, and this event provides a wonderful opportunity for family and friends across three generations to come together for a unique celebration right at the heart of the city on Millennium Square”

Tickets for ‘The Symphonic Sounds of Back to Basics’ are priced at £28 and are on sale now through the City Centre Box Office, Opera North and atwww.eventim.co.uk and www.millsqleeds.com 

The Back to Basics event will be the first in a trio of summer collaborations between Leeds City Council and Opera North over the course of the same weekend, opening the annual Summer Series on Millennium Square.

A Night at the Opera will take place on July 29 and will feature the finest operatic arias and show-stopping songs from the musicals. On Sunday, July 30, a special screening of classic blockbuster Back to the Future will be accompanied by Opera North’s full symphony orchestra performing Alan Silvestri’s stunning musical score live. 

Phil Boughton, Director of Orchestra and Chorus, Opera North, said: 

“Love of music in all its forms is at the core of Opera North, and we are delighted to begin this new collaboration with Leeds City Council and Back to Basics, celebrating the best of live music this summer with three completely different open-air events.

Councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council, added: 

“It’s fantastic to be joining forces with Opera North, one of our city’s most esteemed cultural institutions, to bring this exciting weekend of events to Millennium Square.

“It is our ambition to put culture at the heart of Leeds and make sure all our events are vibrant and accessible for all, and the Symphonic Sounds of Back to Basics event is an exciting and imaginative way to start the Summer in style”

 

Tickets for all three Opera North in the City events are on sale now, with a weekend pass offering admission to all three concerts at a discounted price.

 

The Millennium Square Summer Series also includes other live music concerts from 70s soul legends The Real Thing, Heatwave and Jaki Graham and UB40 ft Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue with support by Lemar with other music offerings and film screenings to be announced. For further details, please visitwww.leeds.gov.uk/summerseries

XLR8R PREMIERE: 'Kthon'

The guys at XLR8R have been nice enough to feature 'Kthon' as a free download, which has been taken from the forthcoming 'Labyrinth EP' from HOROS.

In their words (and ours):

 

Catch Recordings head on to release number 11 with a new four track EP fromHoros, titled Labyrinth.

The label describes the release as "a knowing mix of house, techno, and bass-heavy styles that is fresh and exciting."

Ahead of the release, "Kthon" is available to download below, a deep and sludgy cut with scurrying little sounds and percussive hits.

Tracklisting:

01. Sea Of Crete
02. Ethereal
03. Kthon
04. Descend

 

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PREVIEWS: CR011 Horos - Labyrinth EP

Next up on Catch Recordings we have HOROS:

 

Horos

Horos is a Russian space program who, at least to the public eyes, aims to get humanity to Mars. The mission was designed to be supported by a super AI called iSys and an orbital station named Drurss. Turns out the whole experiment reveals to be a brutal military plan and it uses the Czech jet fighter pilot Gustav Sokol to its most sadistic purposes.

Horos was created by Bruno Belluomini in order to mix fiction and personal experiences as a storytelling background for his analog sonic discoveries.

https://soundcloud.com/horos

https://horos.bandcamp.com

https://www.facebook.com/horosmusic

Bruno Belluomini

Bruno Belluomini has performed at festivals such as Wiener Festwochen (Vienna Festival) and Sónar alongside names like Ben Klock, Len Faki, Move D, James Blake, Kode 9, Pinch, Boxcutter and Appleblim. His work has been noticed by Vice, Spin, The Fader, XLR8R, DJ Mag and Mixmag, as well as by the British documentary Bassweight. Agony, his recent vinyl by Lux Rec, has the support of Radio Slave, Scuba, Lena Willikens, Volvox, Marsman, An-I, John Heckle, Extrawelt, DJ Deep, Jacques Renault, Alexis Le Tan, among others.

Monocult 10th birthday w/ Tale of Us, Bicep, Soundstream + more

This week we're showing some love for one of the places where it all began...Mono_cult!

We have been attending the Mono_cult parties for the past 10 years around the world and watched them grow and grow, and what better way to end an era than finishing off with their final event in the birthplace, Leeds.

This will be their final soiree so if you're in the UK we suggest you get your tickets...FAST!

***Tickets now on sale below:

Ticket Arena —> http://bit.ly/2ij7nzI
Resident Advisor —> http://bit.ly/2in4G3y

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mono_cult 10th Birthday
Canal Mills, Leeds
22.00 - 05.00

Main Room:
Tale Of Us
Bicep
Soundstream
Grainger

Room 2:
Mood II Swing
Matt Long
Brad Mercer
Paul Kaminski

Afterparty info TBA

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Wednesday 18th January.

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On the 4th March we return for a one-off reunion party to celebrate our 10th birthday.

The last 10 years have been eventful from our humble beginnings as a small gathering at The Lounge in Leeds, to throwing parties in Barcelona, Croatia and London, before bringing everything to a close with our final soiree at Canal Mills on NYD last year.

To celebrate a decade of parties, we’ll throw a one-off gathering this March, bringing together all the party people who have made the night so cherished, with a massive line up featuring some old mono_cult favourites, alongside an act we’ve been trying to lock down for many years.

Coming straight from Berlin, our main room opener will be label owner and Panorama Bar resident Soundstream, who first joined us at our 4th birthday party back in 201. He’ll be returning to our hometown to help us celebrate the 10th anniversary with his irresistible blend of disco, Chicago house and raw jams. 

Another returning firm mono favourite will be the unstoppable Belfast duo Bicep. After their numerous barnstorming sets for us of the years, we just had to have them back for some more taps off action!

Headlining the main room is an act we’ve wanted to bring back for a good few years since their last set got cut short with us (due to the fire!). Tale of Us, will be rejoining us for what is sure to be a memorable and rare return performance in Leeds.

Over in Room 2 we’re delighted to welcome a mono_cult debut and an act we’ve wanted to add to our roster for many years – Mood II Swing. The NYC duo’s house records have been on regular rotation in our sets and we’re super excited to welcome them for the 10th birthday. 

Joining Mood II Swing in room 2 will be our trusty residetns and founders from 2007, Matt Long, Brad Mercer and Paul Kaminski, who will no doubt be delving back into the vast catalogue of mono_cult classics throughout the night.

Here’s to the last 10 years!

XLR8R: PREMIERE & FREE DOWNLOAD - INTER GRITTY 'ASTERIA'

In the run up to our 10th and final release of 2016 XLR8R have been kind enough to host our free download, brought to you by the Swedish Techno artist 'Inter Gritty'.

'Asteria' will sit alongside the stellar 4 track EP he has already provided us which is due for release on vinyl, 12th December at all major record stores. unlike the EP 'Asteria' is only available to DOWNLOAD exclusively through the link at XLR8R. 

Here is a live video of the recording of 'Asteria'....Enjoy! 

Link to XLR8R article + Free download: https://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2016/12/inter-gritty-asteria/