Octave One were key figures in the so called “second wave” of Detroit techno. In the late 80s and early 90s, along with such names as Jeff Mills, Robert Hood and Carl Craig, the group pushed the original Detroit sound into new territory, distinguishing it from Chicago house. This new and exciting change in the flavour of techno music caused the genre to gain its initial popularity in Europe where a rave scene was already thriving.
Octave One’s catalogue of releases range from from a record on Derrick May’s Transmat label from 1990 all the way to ones on Berlin based Tresor from the late 2000s. It’s fair to say that the group helped to make techno what it is today.
It is no coincidence, I believe, that pioneers like Octave One remain among the most in-demand electronic artists; having helped to shape techno from the start, they know the scene inside out and therefore deliver the music with superior mastery.
Octave One’s live sets receive particular acclaim for being energetic, engaging and often including exclusive performances of new tracks which may or may not be released in future. For example, Whatever She Wants was an elusive highlight of their live sets for some time before (due to popular demand) being recorded and released. It’s also not entirely uncommon for them to play everyone’s favourite Black Water.
Sheaf Street is a 300 capacity converted Victorian factory. It is something of a hidden gem within Leeds and has played host to a variety of niche underground artist such as Adesse Versions and Ross From Friends. Octave One are one of the club’s biggest bookings to date and along with a makeover that includes new lighting, a second bar and a renovated outdoor area, they make this night a very exciting moment for the venue.
Tickets are £14 and available here.