PREFUSE 73, NOSAJ THING, FALTYDL at the Hoxton, Friday, January 31. Rating: NN
Brooklyn producer FaltyDL sounded almost apologetic as he mumbled into the mic that he was playing his last song of his opening set of moody, drum 'n' bass-inspired downtempo - a sign that this was not going to be a night of extroverted fist-pumping and club anthems.
Next up, Nosaj Thing started out very ambient and experimental before launching into some heavier abstract hip-hop grooves, his hands dancing all over his gear as he chopped up and reworked his tracks. However, the crowd only really responded when he dropped in Kendrick Lamar's Money Trees at the end of his set.
Prefuse 73 made less of an attempt to play to the Friday night crowd, and instead walked a fine line between experimental and easy listening, which may have pleased his more hardcore fans, but pretty much cleared the dance floor.
The Hoxton is a much more pleasant club to be in when it's not overcrowded with amped-up EDM bros, but a half-empty room of sedated IDM beat heads is maybe a little too far in the opposite direction. As much as we enjoy the recorded work of the three artists, the live experience could use some work.