The Rivoli played host last Thursday to a multimedia event featuring the sounds of DJ Andrew Allsgood as well as live acts Cy Scobie and Akumu. The club was filled with people operating computers, making it hard at first to figure out who was making music and who was running the video projectors.
The two side walls and the stage were used as screens for three projectors, and there were also six video monitors facing out from the stage. The content seemed to be a jumble of video art from a bunch of sources mixed together and processed live into a psychedelic wash of colour and light.
At its most abstract, the video component was effective as an alternative light show. But when some of the more explicitly political content was brought to the foreground, it became clumsy and heavy-handed.
Cy Scobie's live set started off loosely but, after warming up, the group found the spacey drum 'n' bass groove and settled in for a good, long set of improvised, experimental chill-out music. Something interesting's developing here. It's still a bit rough and at times too jammy, but the ideas are there and the sound is original.
Chicago house heavyweight Derrick Carter headlined Nation last Saturday at Life, spinning his trademark blend of dark, funky house and joyous, screaming disco.
Carter used to be a monthly resident at Industry, so he's well-loved by the Nation crowd, many of whom were regulars at the now defunct after-hours club. He hasn't been playing in town as much as he used to, making his visits more of an event.
By the time he went on, Life was packed and steamy as a sauna, but the crowd wasn't there for relaxation. Carter is a technically accomplished DJ with the kind of casual confidence that makes it look like he was born to mix records. He overlaid tracks for a long time but worked the mixes in a style closer to hiphop than house -- lots of scratching and cutting back and forth, very crowd-pleasing.
You know a DJ is doing a good job when even the promoters are losing it on the dance floor.
Decompression Fridays at the IV Lounge are dedicated to all things breakbeat, featuring resident Rollin' Cash of the Om Festival. He spins a variety of genres, as long as they're based on a hiphop beat. Last Friday he was flirting with some 2-step as well as some jazzy broken beat, but mostly he stuck to the slow-breaks side of things. This is a casual, mellow weekly -- no cover and reasonably priced drinks make it a good meeting point to start off your evening.
The Temple Bar hosted Steady last Saturday, featuring DJs Angel and Cullen spinning sweet, soulful house to a modest-sized but appreciative crowd. They've been slowly making a name for themselves in the past year, partly through various residencies but more through their much-talked-about sets at underground after-hours parties. They seem to be playing a wider variety of sounds these days, still favouring vocals but also going a bit darker at times.