There are few cities in North America where you can hear house music on mainstream radio any more, so you have to give Flow 93.5 a bit of credit for hiring Tricky Moreira to do a weekly mix show every Friday.
Moreira has a long history in the underground house scene in Toronto as a DJ, and on Saturday night he celebrated the release of a new single on his Blue Elephant Recordings label at hot new restaurant Czehoski . The four-song 12-inch opens with a couple of deep vocal songs featuring Moreira himself doing the singing.
The second side starts off with a dark, late-night tribal thumper and ends with an East Indian-inspired dubbed-out broken beat track. Overall, it's a strong single, with something for most types of house DJs.
The event itself was fun, although partying in a restaurant is always a little awkward and it was hard to find any space to dance. There were sound systems on two floors (the third wasn't open yet) featuring some of the deep house regulars, including Mike Sitchon , Alvaro G and Jason Barham . Too bad there wasn't more room to get down and boogie, but it was a nice, intimate launch for a good record.
Dacks does it
David Dacks 's radio show Abstract Index on CIUT ranges from dub to world beat to funk each week. Last Friday he decided to emerge from the broadcast studio and head into the clubs with a CIUT fundraiser at Thymeless , featuring himself, DJ Chocolate and Chris Harper on the turntables, dubbed out by soundman-about-town Nick Holmes . The vibe was more reggae-focused than the radio show, courtesy of Chocolate and Harper, but Dacks's turn on the decks brought in more soul, funk and world music flavours, all of it splashed with dubby echoes from the delay unit. The crowd was wildly mixed - a strange mixture of Thymeless regulars, random young Spanish women, dub scenesters and assorted music lovers.
Overall, it was a fun, mellow time. Dacks should consider leaving the studio more often.
It was a bloody weekend in the clubs, with two shootings in two different clubs late Saturday night. The fatal shooting in North York has been big news, of course. It overshadowed the incident downtown at Film Lounge where a doorman was shot at close range by an irate patron. For those keeping track, this was the second doorman to be shot there in the last year; the first shooting came on the heels of a fatal drug overdose and a subsequent drug raid. Maybe it's time club operators got some metal detectors in there. I'd be willing to undergo more thorough pat-downs at the door.
To be fair, that probably wouldn't have stopped either shooting, but at least it would make people feel a little safer. Next time the bouncers seem stressed and uptight, remember that this is what they're dealing with, and have some patience.