Local live house band King Sunshine have had a busy year, winning legendary disco label West End Records' music competition as well as releasing tracks with Detroit experimental house producer Theo Parrish and local house label Mixed Signals. They played at the El Mocambo Friday night for a full house of funk fans. Speaking of which, the band sounds more and more funk-oriented, making fewer attempts to reproduce house music's computer disco sound. That's not to say they're loose; they're all good musicians and know this material well, so the band's solidly tight most of the time.
A lot of groups who play dance music have a hard time getting people to dance, since audiences tend to revert to stand-and-stare mode when there are actual people onstage. King Sunshine, however, have no problem getting asses moving.
Morales a marvel
NYC house icon David Morales is now a part owner of 270 Spadina (the former home of Boa-Redux), and Saturday night saw him make his first appearance there since taking it over. He looked completely at home in the booth, although the current sound system isn't even close to what he's commissioned his personal sound guy, Soundman Shorty , to build over the coming months. The week before, the vintage rental system sounded painful for much of the night, but in the meantime it's been tweaked to sound decent, a good sign of what's to come.
The club was packed when we got there at around 4 am, and it stayed that way. Just when it seemed like a good time to head home, Morales would drop another track, keeping us on the floor even as the sun crept higher in the sky.
Sweat dripping from his tattooed, shirtless body, he worked confidently and effortlessly, putting his energy less into the mixes than into manipulating the individual tracks with effects, EQ tweaking and drastic volume changes.
Often, he'd punch the volume up for a beat, then drop it to silence, slowly bringing it up again just in time for the breakdown -- a simple technique, but very effective at a party like this.
So far, things look good at this new venue, but clubgoers are still holding their breath waiting for the new sound system to be installed. Montreal's Le Stéréo , also owned by Morales and featuring a system by Shorty, is known worldwide as one of the top-sounding dance clubs, possibly the best analog club system in use today. 270 Spadina is slated to be a second showcase for Shorty's wizardry, and sound geeks from all over the planet -- literally -- are eagerly anticipating what he'll do to the spot.
Boa's early, sort of, closing
Friday nights at Boa-Redux are now going to focus on deep house, and some very big events are planned for the next month of parties. This week was jojoflores 's birthday party, but when we showed up at 3 am we were told that they'd be shutting down at 4 am and that guest lists were closed. Surprising, considering that they go until well after sunrise on Saturdays, but the deep house crowd tends not to have huge staying power, so it may be a good idea to close down earlier on Fridays.
Just remember that if you're thinking of going there for the after hours.