Category Archives: Uncategorised

Carlos’ Top Ambient & Downtempo Records

When writing on behalf of a club, one very rarely explores the true avant garde of the electronic music spectrum, too often overborne with a harsh, dancefloor-centric aesthetic. Not only is this a pity for one’s personal listening experiences – it is the denial of a significant facet of rave culture. From the blissful to the disturbing, […]

Natalia & Zachary’s Top Summer Tracks

Since the start of the new academic term, Kontra have put on some of the most memorable parties of recent times, with HAAi, Tornado Wallace, Jamie Tiller and Mehmet Aslan all guesting for them. The brains behind the events, Natalia and Zachary, have since become in-demand deejays in Leeds, often appearing at venues all over the city, and […]

Five of Flight’s Faves

Ahead of her show at Acetate, where she’ll be playing in her ‘More Styles’ mode as opposed to her usual drum and bass tip, DJ Flight has given us a run through some of her all time favourite tracks. The Metalheadz affiliate has been brightening the UK’s airwaves for years, guiding the 140+ genres through their various transformations from […]

All Ears’ advice for safe listening practices

We’ve partnered with All Ears to offer music lovers the opportunity to protect their hearing with high-fidelity earplugs at all of our events. These earplugs have special filters that keep the music sounding crystal clear. Reserve your pair via this link, then pick up and pay for them at the bar For more information on […]

A chat with…Grimes Adhesif

In the club-cultural imaginary, Freerotation festival has a mythic quality. For the majority of electronic music followers, it is a figment of fervent anecdotes recounted by a few lucky attendees. Its near inaccessibility is what spurs the imagination of the listener into dreamlike projections of a raving utopia. But for the festival’s organisers, and the crew […]

Introducing: Tilt-Shift

We spoke to Tom and Alex of Tilt-Shift ahead of their event with Steevio & Suzybee of Freerotation at our sister club HiFi this Friday to see what they are all about…   How did Tilt-Shift first come together? Tom: It was originally for an event management module at university. I was working at Wire at the […]

Production Line: 100Hz

From the release of Catching Spyders at the turn of the 90s, up to his newest productions on Slow Life, Imprints, Bosconi, 100Hz aka Lee Renacre has never stopped painting masterstrokes of minimal house and techno. Contributing heavily to the tech-house sound of the 90s on labels such as Eukahouse, Oblong and Pacific, his influence […]

A mix by Sammy Ziggy (Pleasure Connection)

Sam from Pleasure Connection (one of our new residing nights at Wire who recently threw their opening party with super-selectors Suzanne Kraft and Interstellar Funk) has put together a gorgeous mix to tide you over before their next event. Here, he talks us through the mix in a level of detail that is the mark of a […]

Introducing: CTRL SOUND

The last time we saw CTRL Sound in Leeds, we would never have associated them with the avant-garde of European techno. Yet, after several of years throwing huge 140bpm events in London, and after many more inspiring nights, festivals and conversations, this is exactly where they have ended up: on the brink of giving a Leeds debut to Ilian Tape’s Zenker […]

Fuzzy Logic’s Best Albums from the Year 2000

Ironically, Fuzzy Logic is now of legal age to enter a club. Celebrating an 18th birthday is something we all expect to do personally – but for a club night, it’s a real rarity. The longevity of Leeds’ original alternative night is testament to the continued pertinence of “indie” music which, having seemingly reached its peak at the turn […]