Checked out Kevin "Kaje" Johnson 's new Saturday-night residency at Tangerine last week, and found the small club full of happy-looking partiers shaking their thangs to his mix of house, R&B, reggae and hiphop. Kaje has become better known internationally, particularly for the track Our Music, which was one of the big deep house hits of the past few years. For a while it seemed like he wasn't playing anywhere locally, but his name has been popping up on more and more flyers lately.
Some people who know him strictly for house might not feel the more eclectic urban mix that he plays here, but if you're not too much of an underground snob it's pretty fun.
Friday night the Milk crew brought Ninja Tune's Mr Scruff to Roxy Blu for a steamy sauna of a party. Scruff rocked his trademark kaleidoscope mix of funk, house, Latin, hiphop, disco, reggae and whatever else he felt like throwing in (including some vintage blues).
The dance floor ate it up, making this one of the higher-energy parties at the venue in some time.
Stopped by the Hot Times party earlier Friday night, which is now held sporadically at an Ethiopian club called Ras Dashen . Hot Times is another one of those hard-to-classify nights that feature unpredictable mixes of rock, hiphop, indie, funk, disco, Afrobeat, punk and more, played for an audience more into indie rock than house.
The Hot Times crew draw a good- sized crowd to their events, and once it fills up people dance their asses off. Surprisingly, it seems to be the guilty-pleasure classic rock anthems and the contemporary hiphop that get the crowd most excited, rather than any of the more underground music.
A week ago last Monday (June 30), Canadian techno god Richie Hawtin threw one of his Control parties at the Opera House . As you'd expect at a Hawtin event, it was incredibly crowded and overheated for most of the night, a factor that always causes some to leave but is accepted as part of the techno beatdown experience by those willing to stick it out. Hawtin shocked some by stepping up to the decks sporting a full head of hair (he's had a shaved head forever), but no one was surprised when he waved the Camel Cigarettes dancing girls off the stage and motioned for the lighting guy to turn off the projected logos behind him.
He seems to be returning to his origins, forgoing his stark experimental side as well as the hard-as-nails banging techno for funkier flavours more reminiscent of his Detroit roots.