Thu, Sep 27
Slow down, speed up
Thankfully, someone noticed the Prins Thomas and Sinden parties were double-booked at the Social and moved the Sinden gig upstairs to Spin Gallery. Though it might have made sense, considering the crossover, to combine the events into one ticket, many attendees checked out both events, moving between the floors for every other drink. Sinden is best known as the frequent collaborator and DJ partner of producer-du-jour Switch (currently riding high from his contributions to M.I.A. 's new album). Like Switch, he takes his house background as a starting point and bumps it up with references, ideas and sounds borrowed from hiphop, dancehall and rock. On this night, he pouned it out pretty hard and fast, but downstairs it was a different story. Prins Thomas specializes in the spacy, tripped-out side of underground disco, at least 10 BPM slower and 20dB quieter than the aggro electro-house Sinden threw down. Slow and quiet isn't the easiest way to win over a peak-time crowd, but he had people pumping their fists and yelling as if he were playing a set of nu-rave pop remixes. A refreshing change from the usual, although some of the space-disco fanatics were disappointed he didn't go deeper into the obscure and weird side.
Fri, Sep 28
Kill all vowels
As the young, excitable crowd bounced around to VNDLSM's guest DJ set at Shit La Merde's third anniversary at Sneaky Dee's, it was easy to see what SLM main man Dave Binette meant when he cracked, "You sure can tell school's back in?" Three years might not seem long, but in the world of monthly parties it's a pretty substantial milestone, one that depends on new blood coming in. So it's good to see this season starting off with a bang. Local duo VNDLSM have received a lot of hype for their cheeky, boisterous dance remixes. Amazing what being included on a Diplo DJ mix will do for your career. The way things are going, they may become too expensive for Shit La Merde to book them again.
Sat, Sep 29
White night, white heat
Montreal's Megasoid are notorious in their hometown for guerrilla-style parties thrown under bridges and wherever they can set up a sound system. The plan is usually to play until the cops shut them down, which is likely what they had in mind for their early-evening gig perched on top of the front awning of the Drake Hotel. Despite Toronto's reputation for party-pooping by the authorities, it seems all the Nuit Blanche excitement put this kind of tomfoolery in perspective, and the boys in blue were unusually understanding about the overflowing street party that occasionally blocked traffic. This might be the first time ever that people were a little disappointed when an event wasn't shut down early.