Dancer does it
Saturday night, Solutions and Stilluvinit brought Baltimore-based deep house DJ Brett Dancer in for a classic warehouse party at 99 Sudbury. Since it was a late-night event, 12:30 am was a bit too early to arrive, but thankfully Jason Ulrich did a great job warming up the room. Adam Khan followed, and slowly the place started to fill up with partiers.
The space has been used for various events over the years, but the smaller adjoining room is usually the one preferred for this kind of party. Good thing they decided to use the big room - by 3 am the place was pretty full.
A decent sound system was rented for the event, although it was a bit too loud at times. The minimal lighting consisted of a couple of red bulbs in each corner of the dark room.
Dancer got down to business right away, playing a good blend of upbeat thumpers and smooth deep and soulful tracks. Midway through the night, he dropped an old track by local DJ/producer/promoter Yogi (of Solid Garage) that left the proud producer wandering around the party with a big grin on his face.
Kudos to Solutions and Stilluvinit for throwing a quality back-to-basics warehouse jam. It proved once again that the rumours of deep house's demise have been exaggerated.
Friday night, Poundhouse celebrated four years of house music events with an anniversary party at Hush featuring Detroit's Alton Miller . The Poundhouse team hasn't been very active on the promotion front during the past year. The unpredictable club economy's made them more cautious about bringing in out-of-town talent, but an anniversary was a good excuse to give it another shot.
I arrived to find a decent crowd on the dance floor and a smiling Miller bouncing up and down behind the decks. He balanced things out with classic disco, deep house and harder techy numbers.
Unfortunately, the sound system was overly distorted for much of the night. Miller made the best of it, though, and in the later part of his set, some knob twiddling by Poundhouse's Rod G fixed the problem.
Little Louie a little late
Roxy Blu was packed Thursday night for a visit by New York legend Little Louie Vega - even the lounge was full of dancers. That didn't stop Vega from waiting until 1:30 am to go on. That's pretty late for a club event, especially on a weeknight. However, Jason Palma and jojoflores did a good job as openers and anticipation was high for Vega's first track.
He played a lot of new material and stayed away from most of the recognizable anthems. His session was divided into smaller sets, each with a different sound - one mainly deep percussion tracks, another mellow vocals and sometimes harder, funkier stuff.
Technically Vega was on, making good use of the multiple CD decks and turntables. But considering his reputation and the love he got from this crowd, the energy wasn't as high as you'd anticipate.
Granted, some people in the crowd were losing their minds, but others were going equally nuts to Peter Bosco in the small lounge.
It wasn't entirely disappointing, just not as stunning as you'd expect, given his rep.