Caught the Soulutions party late Saturday night (February 21) at 99 Sudbury to hear Chicago's Anthony Nicholson . Arrived to see a massive wall of speakers shaking the foundations of the building in an almost pitch-black warehouse room. Good sized crowd out, although it wasn't over-packed. Nicholson isn't a particularly big name, but he gets respect from DJs for the deep house cuts he's released over the years.
As a DJ he was competent but not really mind-blowing Saturday, playing a lot of instrumental house tracks and staying away from the obvious vocal anthems. He was more interested in tweaking the EQ then riding long mixes, but he seemed to lose the crowd at times. A good party nevertheless.
Peroxide sound not solid
Earlier Saturday night, stopped by Club 56 for the monthly Peroxide party featuring (as usual) Will Munro playing electro, acid house, new wave and post-punk disco. People are getting there later than they used to; it didn't really start filling up until after midnight but got hot and sweaty soon after that. The sound system wasn't entirely functional last week, which unfortunately happens pretty often here. Still, it was loud enough to get people moving, and at least the fish tanks looked cleaner than usual.
There's a fair amount of cruising going on compared to when Peroxide first started, so if you're one of those boys deathly afraid of catching the gay you probably won't like it. Then again, if you're scared of that, you probably wouldn't be at one of Munro's events.
Ranking low on energy
Spent Friday night at the Pure Ranking party in Holy Joe 's. Guest selectors Zion Gate Sound cranked out the roots reggae and ran the mike for a modest crowd of partiers. It sounded good, and there was a bit of dancing going on, but the energy wasn't really there. Downstairs at the Reverb , local hiphop group the Oddities were celebrating their CD release to a packed house. Nice to see a local crew getting so much love from a Toronto audience. It doesn't always happen that way.
The last Mono party suffered through some major sound problems at Surface . As an apology to those who came out that night and missed the bass, Mono is offering free admission to their next event, March 12 at Surface. Just e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for guest list. Sure, the lineup is all local this time, but free techno is free techno, and it's pleasantly surprising to see a promoter trying to make amends this way. email@example.com