Fri, Dec 14
Despite the fact that no one’s come up with a usable name for it yet, the hipster party sound has become too codified and narrow over the past year. Perhaps realizing how important variety is when entertaining a diverse crowd, Circa has begun inviting other promoters in alongside AD/D to mix things up a bit at Randomland Friday nights.
Last week urban promoters REMG took over the Skyy Lounge, the doo-wop and girl group sounds of the Goin’ Steady crew played the Bathroom Bar, and the Dmoneyboys were upstairs in the Mirror Ballroom. Still, you sometimes heard different DJs playing the same songs 10 minutes apart.
Amidst all that was going on, I ended up spending the most time in the Mirror Ballroom. NYC’s EliEscobar threw down a bumpin’ blog house set full of fun, light-hearted dance music. Electro icon ArthurBaker followed him, taking the decks just after last call. Baker’s DJing appears to be improving each time he plays here. He took Escobar’s vibe as a starting point and pulled it in various directions.
A quick streetcar ride west brought us to a loft party called Slüster, put together by newcomers Automatt. Caught the last couple tracks from a certain well-known DJ who probably shouldn’t be named, as this under-the-radar gig might have been in violation of exclusivity agreements.
Dinamo and Vaneska took over the decks from there, both throwing down a variety of chunky dance music. Keep your eyes open for upcoming Automatt events. They’ve got some good stuff coming up soon, starting with a Boxing Day party at the Social featuring talent from the DFA label.
Sat, Dec 15
The stage is being rebuilt, the sound is being tweaked, and they’re still operating on special events permits that force them to stop serving at 1 am, but the first weekend of Wrongbar went smoothly, all things considered.
Overall, the vibe among promoters and artists is excitement over having a solid new option available for cutting-edge events.
Late Saturday night we ended up stopping in at Cervejaria, taken over by the Breakandenter crew for the night. Only caught the last few songs by Glasgow’s AlexSmoke, but the vibe in the room indicated he’d played quite the barnstormer. Detroit’s Kero came after him and went a bit darker and weirder, which was enjoyable but lost some of the crowd.
XI’s set of bass-heavy dubstep at the end of the night was interesting to hear after a more techno-focused night, but it’s obvious that many are still trying to figure out if the slow-motion tempos of the genre are meant for chilling out or dancing. Either way, not a bad way to close out this kind of a party.