Checked out the second installment of Philly last Thursday at Surface, a new party featuring DJs Roland Deschamps, Boogyme'n and Bavero spinning an eclectic mixture of house, broken beat, hiphop and nu-jazz.
It was a nice surprise to see such a wide variety of rhythms go over so well with the sometimes overly purist Toronto crowd. The juxtaposition of American hiphop and UK broken beat worked nicely to temper the latter's avant-garde tendencies. None of the DJs relied on the obvious anthems to get the crowd going. Good mixing and wide musical knowledge were all they needed to get partiers to their feet.
As this was only the second Philly party, the club wasn't exactly packed to the rafters, but the dance floor was full and bouncing and the vibes were good.
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A new free weekly hiphop party that started a couple of Wednesdays ago at Liquids Lounge has maintained its momentum. Featuring DJs Islamabad, Jacksploitation and Loke and hosted by Bozack Morris, Superbad focuses on a lot of underground and classic hiphop as well as a bit of soul and funk, all of it cut and scratched unobtrusively.
The crowd is a mix of serious hip-hop heads and random College Street types, and thankfully had a good ratio of boys and girls.
Two Wednesdays ago saw the Toronto debut of London, UK, techno duo the Space DJz at the Tequila Lounge. The Space DJz (aka Ben Long and Jamie Bissmire) spin simultaneously on five turntables using two mixers, although it seemed some technical problems prevented them from taking full advantage of this in Toronto.
Since Whip-It, the Wednesday-night party at the Tequila Lounge, is more geared toward the electro scene, many expected Space DJz to focus more on their experimental side, but Long and Bissmire opted for a hard fast UK techno set more appropriate for a peak-time Friday-night set at a big club.
The turnout wasn't spectacular, but it wasn't bad for a Wednesday night either, considering this was the headliners' first local appearance. The pair got the crowd moving and pulled off some interesting effects using the multiple turntable setup -- it would be interesting to see them work a bigger techno party using the full five-turntable system.
Spent the weekend at the three-day Playbigfoot camping trip out in Killaloe. The Play Records crew used to do a stage at Om but decided to throw their own event this year. While it was never intended to be as big as Om, Playbigfoot was definitely under-promoted and suffered as a result.
High points were the trip up on the Party Bus, a subwoofer-equipped coach that made the long drive much more tolerable. As well, A Man Called Warwick's midday sets of disco, Brazilian funk, reggae, Afrobeat and more made waking up much more pleasant.
Bonspiel's spacey post-rock was consistently interesting -- they'd made their own stage out of their RV and played many sets throughout the weekend at their leisure.