Saturday night at Footwork , Fukhouse presented two Toronto-bred live techno performances. First up after a warm-up set by DJ Lee Osborne was Adam Marshall , who was testing out new material in preparation for his upcoming European tour. As eclectic as his DJ sets, his live set went from minimal to tripped-out weirdo tunes to house-influenced grooves. It was pretty intellectually stimulating, but the stranger, more experimental moments seemed to lose the attention of the dance floor at times. By the end of his set, though, he'd managed to get the room back on his side, setting the mood for Jeremy P. Caulfield to take over. Caulfield moved to Germany a few years back in order to better develop his Dumb Unit label and his own DJ/production career, so this was a homecoming of sorts, and most of the diehard Toronto techno fans came out to hear what he's been up to.
Compared to Marshall's set, Caulfield's was much more focused on a certain sound -- a pared-down and elegant take on tech-house, heavy on the percussive elements and staccato pulses. It was a more straightforward approach and, while less challenging than Marshall's, arguably more effective at getting the bodies moving.
Pride in diversity
After wandering around Pride all Sunday, thoughts turned to which party to hit once the beer gardens closed. After some debate, Big Primpin 's annual shindig at the Courthouse won out, so we wandered down to their hiphop-for-homos throwdown. As in years past, the hipsters and Parkdale queer contingent were out in full force, making for a wider range of partiers than many Pride parties see. Some might complain that this makes it much harder to figure out who's actually gay, but that misses the point of why people go to Big Primpin' in the first place. After all, the commercial hiphop and smattering of house isn't really much different from what mainstream straight clubs play each week; it's the diversity of the partiers that's the real attraction.
David Morales may officially be straight (and married), but you'd be forgiven for thinking otherwise considering how much the gay boys love him, and how much he seems to love taking off his shirt in public. As usual, it was only about two songs into his set Saturday night at Sonic that he removed his T-shirt to show off his muscles and tattoos, and it was also about that time that he switched up the vibe from the druggy pounding tribal beats that Nevio had been churning out before.
If Morales's style has one defining feature, it's his sense of drama. One moment he'll be hitting you with hard, aggressive drum tracks, when suddenly out of nowhere a big soulful vocal comes in and the whole vibe of the room changes. Some moments sounded closer to electro, and at other points he played with some twisted techno sounds, all of it framed by the fundamentals of house music.
Considering it was Pride weekend, the club didn't seem quite as busy as it could have been. This wasn't really a problem, though, since there was actually room to dance and the steam and heat were kept to manageable levels.