Boogiemen bump it
Richmond, Virginia-based funky house duo the East Coast Boogiemen dropped a set of fun, chunky house at Hush last Friday, putting tracks together in a style reminiscent of Derrick Carter's. They've been getting some hype lately for their six-turntables-and-two-mixers routine, as well as their productions. In this case, though, while their multi-layered technique sounded smooth, rarely did you get a sense that anything different was going on than what a single DJ could do with two decks.
Considering that it was just a couple of days after New Year's, the turnout was decent and a good percentage of those who braved the rain were dancing. Whether that will translate into a better-attended gig next time remains to be seen, but no one who came out to this one will be complaining about their skills.
For those interested in the possibilities of mixing house on many turntables with multiple DJs, the monthly Quadrasonic party at Revival pushes the number of simultaneous mixers up to four and uses eight turntables, but their vibe is more soulful and less bumpin'.
City Rhythms makes its move
The monthly City Rhythms party recently moved from its Wednesday-night slot to the more desirable Saturday-night slot at NASA and got a good-sized crowd out of it. This edition featured special guest John Kumahara , whose second 12-inch was just released by the Iwanai Music label, alongside residents Duncan James and DJ Nova .
Kumahara played a mixture of classics and new deep house, hitting everything from old Detroit techno to dusty disco singles along with his current favourites. Good mixes and a fun vibe.
Resident Duncan James followed him, playing a set more rooted in contemporary soulful house sprinkled with a bit of mid-90s loopy funk. He was definitely having a good time, and his enthusiasm was contagious to those on the tiny dance floor.
Sasha & Shugga
Caught a bit of local house and soul vocalist Sasha Friday night at Roxy Blu as part of PhatBlackPussyKat , backed up by the live band Shugga . This girl has one great set of pipes. Even without a proper stage or monitors, she comes through loud and clear. She also scores high points for stage presence, although most of the crowd could only catch glimpses of her. On the downside, few in the audience were moving much during their first set. There's just something about watching a performer that turns Toronto audiences static and motionless, when the same tracks played by a DJ would have them shaking their asses. email@example.com