Local electronic musicians Toye and Aria teamed up as Telefunk for a live PA of deep and dubby downtempo and ambient hiphop in between sets by the Monkey Mob at the Foood party last Saturday at the Rivoli.
The Rivoli has recently made its backroom a non-smoking space, which tends to clear it out as soon as a band has finished playing. This must initially have confused Telefunk; the audience was halved before they'd even fired up their samplers.
The first few songs didn't cause much of a ripple, but after they upped the tempo and volume, they started getting the crowd moving.
The set ended with host and birthday boy Efsharp getting up onstage with a couple of friends for some impromptu freestyling, which had all the weaknesses and strengths of improvised rhyming -- not as smooth as rehearsed routines, but good crowd-pleasing fun nevertheless.
The Groove Institute launched a Thursday-night residency last week at a new venue called the Temple Bar. Although it was hastily promoted, resulting in a fairly sparse crowd, the venue has a lot of potential. Somewhere between a large lounge and a small club, the Temple Bar is tucked away in an alley south of King and west of Spadina. Look for the glowing red cross and big metal doors.
Once inside, you find an old garage space decorated with a combination of cold, modern details and comfortable old couches. There's a dance floor, and although the sound system isn't deafening, it's definitely adequate to get bodies shaking. No cover, but the drinks are on the pricey side.
Element Bar launched a new weekly last Thursday called Mission. Combining deep house and deep techno with a bit of dub reggae, it brings together scenes that have more in common than they think. The residents include Adam Marshall, Jeremy P Caulfield, Christian Newhook, Brendan Costigane and Dub Rocket, plus regular special guests. Opening night was well attended, and it may become the next Thursday hot spot if the momentum continues. This one is free before 11 pm, $5 before midnight and $10 after.
House heads were surprised to learn Friday that Gemini would not be appearing at the Home party for "reasons beyond control." The party went on anyway, with the residents doing their thing alongside last-minute guest Adam Marshall.
Strange to hear a techno DJ like Marshall at a house event, but these scenes are mixing more lately. Not everyone was feeling his set, though; the purists were definitely jonesing for some earthier garage flavours.
Many of them went over to Roxy Blu for 52 Inc's The Battle Part 3 event, a showdown between DJ Serious and Paul E Lopes, where their expectations were screwed with even more. Both Serious and Lopes were digging deep in their crates, trying to outdo each other with unexpected selections.