Expect a music policy that ranges from house and disco to techno - and a matching record label
Next month sees a new club night launching in Leeds that wants to break the mould of contemporary clubbing. Reclaim The Underground, which makes its debut on 24 June at Wire, aims to offer an alternative to nights where you hear one type of music all night long.
Reclaim The Underground is the brainchild of two UK duos, Tuff London and Mindek, with a little help from label services company Label Worx. Mindek outline the ethos behind the night: "We’ve watched as dance music has changed considerably over the last few years. We want to take things back to basics - too many nights have the same style of music played from start to finish without any kind of progression. It’s the same with labels who can easily become solely genre-led and then end up outdated as popular genres change. We wanted to mix things up and throw some parties that have progression: from house and disco, through to techno. Nights that people remember not just for the visuals or the club, but for the music and the people. Reclaim is for everyone.”
Matt from Label Worx adds that inspiration came in part from Northern superclub Gatecrasher. "The first DJs would play some chunky progressive house which gradually built up in to progressive trance," he says, "right up to your huge trance anthems. Nowadays, a lot of nights have eight hours of solid tech-house or EDM and there's nothing but bangers being played all night long. This gets boring man!"
As well as Tuff London and Mindek themselves, DJs scheduled to play at the opening party include Spektre, GAWP and Ben Remember. Tuff London's Sam T said: "It's exciting to be able to get together a load of the most reputable underground artists from the house, techno and tech house scenes, and bring such a diverse showcase to one of the best cities in the UK."
But Reclaim The Underground isn't just a new club night for Yorkshire's biggest city - there will also be an accompanying record label, say Mindek. "We want to reclaim the underground as well as the music. The club night will be coupled with a new label, RECLAIM, which will sign EPs and singles that cannot be pigeonholed. Our remit is pure vibes and quality house, techno, disco and everything else in-between."
And Leeds, they say, will just be the start. "We want to take the Reclaim concept around the globe; we’re already in talks about hosting events in Chicago, Miami, Amsterdam and Ibiza. We want to bring back the whole ethos that made clubbing so special years ago: well programmed nights with DJs who understand how to structure a night."