Wed, Sep 19
Thank god irony is dead. If Milwaukee based MC Juiceboxxx were about 10 years older, we'd dismiss his manic punk-rock-rave-rap as a big tongue-in-cheek joke. Fortunately he's of a generation that's more cynical about cynicism, so it comes off as genuine geeky enthusiasm, which is a hell of a lot more fun.
Opening up for Bonde Do Role at 577 King , Juiceboxxx spent his whole set throwing his body around the club, climbing the speaker stacks and pogoing around the stage, showing little regard for his own safety. His raw punk energy definitely helped compensate for cheesy samples and his awkward lyrical flow.
Bonde Do Role are known for manic, sweaty shows as well, but compared to him they almost seemed safe and mellow. Still, they're much more entertaining than your average rock band. Some might complain that their take on funk carioca is far from authentic, but if the beats are bangin', does it really matter?
Fri, Sep 21
Quentin Harris has been responsible for many of the bigger deep house remixes in recent years, so most followers of that scene were out at Revival for his birthday party. It took a while for the place to fill up (the norm in house music), but by the time King Sunshine's Maya took the mic to sing him Happy Birthday, the place was rocking.
He played some good tunes and did decent mixing, but ultimately he's more of a producer than a DJ. He has what it takes to keep the floor moving, but in many ways Andy Roberts 's and Johnny Lopez 's opening sets had more personality.
Sat, Sep 22
Howelling at the moon
Remember when dozens of DJs played over one night at raves? It seems we're finally outgrowing that concept, and more and more promoters now give their headlining DJs longer sets. This is always the way to go for an experienced DJ; an hour isn't enough time to set a mood or express yourself.
This was precisely the idea behind giving Danny Howells the full night to work his magic at Footwork , and the result was impressive. Setting the pace from the beginning, he was able to keep the momentum building over the hours instead of jumping on the decks at 1 am and cranking out the hits.
His atmospheric, chugging tech house used to be referred to as progressive house, but that term has since fallen out of favour due to its connection to the vulgar excesses of the late 90s. Funnily enough, many newer undefined dance sounds aren't that different from that kind of trance-influenced house, so veteran DJs like Howells still remain relevant to younger audiences.
The very outgoing DJ constantly mugged for the cameras and interacted with the crowd. Whenever a big bass line dropped, a dozen boys would rush to the booth to give him high-fives, which he clearly loved.