Fri, Aug 15
Buck starts here
Smiling Buddha Bar isn't a great dance venue by any stretch of the imagination, but that didn't stop super-fresh electro MC Buck Starball from getting bodies sweaty at his banging inaugural live performance.
Perhaps inspired by David Bowie's various stage personas, Buck appeared in a crazy costume and flanked by a freaky bearded angel sidekick/hype man who only added to the blissfully bizarre spectacle. Shrouded in smoke and backed by laptop sequences, the duo sounded like someone crafting super-catchy bedroom electro while simultaneously enduring a bad acid trip.
Capped off by weirdo anthem Dude Jackets, Starball's amazing set completely transformed the normally bland venue into a place I actually wanted to be. Local party promoters searching for a killer live act should look up Buck ASAP.
Sat, Aug 16
Swinging by Mod Club Saturday night, I caught an early set by local synth-beat threats TMDP. While the duo have been honing their Ableton Live skills for nearly three years, they've only recently started to gig around and build some buzz.
The speed at which their original, laptop-driven beats attracted a throng of dancers onto the previously empty floor was hard evidence that these dudes are sitting on some serious fire. Sounding like a polished mix of rocking Parisian techno, Vince Clarke retro and Swedish synth pop maestro Nicolas Makelberge, TMDP obviously take the technical side of their job very seriously. I actually felt bad for the house DJ who had to follow their impressive, energetic set.
After a slow start, true believers were rewarded when Dmoney's dirty monthly at Sneaky Dee's dutifully filled up around 12:30 pm. Warming up the dance floor, resident Barbie selected nothing but colourful body-rocking cuts that harkened back to blissed-out Dance Mix 92 days.
While the floor died down a bit during the hand-off to Fistfight (aka Andrew from local remix duo Nacho Lovers), he soon had even the most timid, self-conscious scenesters pointing finger guns at the ceiling during aggro tracks and climactic filter sweeps.
Known for various tongue-in-cheek antics, Dmoney main man Diggy Scott took the stage around last call and proceeded to lob a fat wad of $20 bills into the crowd, briefly making the bouncing dance floor look like every hip-hop music video ever made.