Vega & V
Dress codes for house music might seem an oxymoron, but somehow Soho Fridays at This Is London make it work. Last week's presentation of Little Louie Vega and Mr V drew a packed house of partiers, and the DJs' deep house sounds even held the attention of the many mainstream clubbers in the crowd. Vega, working the room into a frenzy, didn't dip into his trademark Masters at Work soulful house sound as much as in previous Toronto appearances, choosing instead to play a fairly wide variety of house music, from dark techy tracks to the expected Latin-influenced vocal numbers.
At the peak of Vega's set, Mr V came back onstage to take the mic and perform live over the instrumental versions of a handful of his productions. Though he's not really a singer or a rapper, Mr V's talk-singing went over quite well. For someone known first and foremost as a DJ, he turned out to be a pretty decent performer. The live portion ended with Da Bump, a Mr V production that's been getting great reactions in the clubs lately.
Big Primpin' still big
When Big Primpin' started up its monthly queer hiphop night, few would have guessed it would have grown into the monster it is today. Last Saturday at Stones Place , the event celebrated three years of hiphop for homos, and the lineup down the street suggested that the buzz won't be wearing off any time soon. It was so hard to get in, when we decided to kill some time across the street at the Cadillac Lounge , we spotted the MSTRKRFT guys doing the same thing.
Eventually everyone managed to squeeze into the bar, as Rory Them Finest displayed why he's become such an in-demand DJ in the local indie dance scene. At times he comes dangerously close to kitsch, but then again, this is a night for fags to get jiggy at a Rolling Stones tribute bar, so a certain amount of camp is to be expected.
Some purists have complained that Big Primpin' attracts its share of straight people these days, but that's kind of the point. If you just want a sea of boys, the gay ghetto has plenty of places.
Since Fritz Helder and the Phantoms are still without a record deal, the resourceful electro band and dance troupe have decided to throw a series of fundraiser parties called SUS (Send Us To The Studio). Last Thursday at the Social was the first, and judging from its success, the group may end up better off than if they had to worry about paying back their advance to an actual label. It was mainly a DJ night, with Mario J , Vadim and Fierce Helder providing the beats, but Fritz and the gang did indulge the audience with a short, energetic live set midway through the evening.
The lack of a real stage made it hard to get a good view, but the group members bounced around so much that you couldn't help straining your neck and squishing closer to catch more of the performance. Over-the-top and ridiculous, they're incredibly entertaining. You have to wonder, though, if they'll be able to reproduce the energy of the live show in the recording studio.