Wed, Nov 14
If it seems like Hissy Fitness Wednesdays at the Social are getting a little too much attention here, it's only because they've been bringing in top-notch talent every single week. It's impossible to stay away. This week it was Diplo's partner in crime at Mad Decent, Vancouver's Paul Devro.
He runs the Mad Decent blog and has been bringing that eclectic urban and indie dance sound all over the world. His set featured tough electro-dancehall beats, party rap, electro house, Bmore and all the other hipster sounds of the moment. Good technique, and tons of new shit that will probably be played to death over the coming months.
Fri, Nov 16
The Dmoney and Curb Crawlers crews teamed up to bring Brooklyn-based Passions (aka Ben Deitz) to Sneaky Dee's, but it almost didn't happen, as his plane was delayed by bad weather. Luckily, the skies cleared just in time.
Opening the night were Nasty Nav (who seems to be everywhere lately) and a live set by Dirty 30. In the interest of full disclosure, I'm an occasional member of the Dirty 30 band, so there's obviously some personal bias. However, in yet another bad career move, I've got to go on record saying the solo show may be better than the full six-piece band. Running drum machines, analog synths, samplers and rocking the mic, Dirty 30 threw down a pounding acid-house-influenced set of electro funk that threatened to tear apart the bass bins with the massive 808 kick drums.
Passions' set was a mix of live and DJ (both from his laptop) and was less out there but more dance-floor-focused tha Dirty 30's. His punk and hiphop influences weren't as prominent as expected, but no one was really complaining.
All in all, a solid, rowdy party.
Sat, Nov 17
When Roxy Blu closed its doors two years ago, it left a massive hole in the deep house and jazz funk scenes. Friday nights there were home for heads who like their beats with horns, vocals, pianos and live percussion, and no venue has come along since to fill the gap.
While Revival has a very different vibe than Roxy Blu, it was still a decent location for the reunion party, which brought together the Movement, Garage 416, Milk, Solid Garage and Bump N' Hustle crews for a trip down memory lane.
Walking into the packed main room, you had to wonder if the crowd for this sound has shrunk nearly as much as people think. Maybe all it needs is a proper home? Though Revival used both floors, the turnout was still bigger than the club could comfortably handle. Inexplicably shutting down the back stairs leading to the bathrooms created chaos toward the end of the night in a space that normally has traffic flow problems. Hopefully, they'll manage a bit better next week, when Garage 416 and Milk return for their presentation of Joe Claussell.