Honey, they shrunk the party
Friday night at Tantric saw the launch of a new soulful house collective made up of Junior Palmer (last seen running various Phatblackpussykat events at Roxy Blu ) and Dany Viera (of B9 productions, formerly behind the Backtracks events) with Kevin "Jazzy" J and Alvaro G (both of Layers).
For the kickoff party they brought in vocalist Monique Bingham along with DJs Keith Blackstone and Sir Piers . Originally, the plan had been to have Bingham perform downstairs, but as the night wore on it became apparent that there wasn't a big enough turnout to open both rooms.
That was unfortunate, because it meant the party was confined to the upper floor, where the sound system is more suited to a restaurant or lounge.
Despite a few technical glitches and a general lack of bass, Keith Blackstone started to get the crowd moving a few songs into his set. By the time Bingham stepped up to the mic, the small crowd was primed. She only performed a few songs, ending with her biggest hit, We Had A Thing, which had many in the crowd singing along, reliving memories of 99.
Sir Piers had a harder time dealing with the technical limitations of the system, and couldn't maintain the energy.
Inclement weather pushed the start of the Cherry Beach Soundsystem event to later in the day on Sunday, so it was still going strong long after nightfall.
The weekly is run by the Promise Guys, so the range of DJs who play there is pretty wide. This time around it was mainly trance and psy-trance, which frankly don't do much for me, but it seemed to go over well with the crowd.
Though the show went past midnight this time, generally they're done before that. Get there sometime late in the afternoon and follow the bass - if it's not raining it should be happening.
Rifle gets 'em jumping
Caught the tail end of indie dance band Put Down the Rifle Friday night at the Rivoli . They're a local trio featuring a quirky combination of five-string bass, synths and drums. The songs are pretty catchy, and while the duelling bass frequencies are occasionally a bit muddy, the overall groove is pretty tight and driving.
There wasn't a huge crowd out, but they did manage to get the girls up front jumping around by the end of their set, and that's always a good sign.