Thu, Jan 10
Proof in the pudding
The Drake Hotel Underground was packed with partiers for More Proof, a sprawling local DJ collective that’s beginning to pick up steam. Seven tastemakers are currently involved, so it’s tough to single out any of them individually, but expect blog-approved dance music of various styles and a rowdy free-for-all approach. A few of the members are also producing and dropping their own bootleg remixes, and if the vibe at this event is any indication, we’ll probably be hearing a lot more about More Proof in the next year.
Fri, Jan 11
Kid is alright
When Kid Sister started getting hyped, some credited her success to the fact that her brother is half of Flosstradamus and her boyfriend is A-Trak (best known these days at Kanye West’s DJ). That skepticism is misplaced, though, as her confident and charismatic performance at Wrongbar proved. Watching her work the room like a pro, you’d never guess that she’s still relatively new to the stage. Maybe her recent mainstream crossover success isn’t such a fluke after all.
Sat, Jan 12
Touch of Claass
It was puzzling to see a mob of people squeezing out of the Drake basement as we tried to get in to check out Montreal’s Claass and Germany’s Jeans Team. Turns out the Poetry Slam, which ran a bit late, had pulled out a much larger and rowdier crowd than you’d expect for a literary event. After a few minutes, one of the Jeans Team guys put a record on the turntable and the late-night crowd started filling up the place.
Claass are yet another Wolf Parade offshoot, and also feature Jordan Dare, best known as a Montreal-based DJ associated with Tiga’s I Love Neon parties. As a band, they’re synth-driven electro-rockers whose sound has a bit more industrial and rave tendencies than many of their contemporaries. It’s a relatively new project, but already they’ve honed their formula into an effective party outfit.
Jeans Team have been doing the synth-rock thing for much longer, with a more pop-oriented approach. Having said that, this is pop made by German performance artists, so it’s still far from conservative. They put on a good show, but Claass felt more like a party.
Sun, Jan 13
Was going to check out Paris-based electro-rap princess Uffie at Tattoo, but once again she failed to make it into Canada. This is the second time in a row for her.
Hollywood hipster DJ Steve Aoki did manage to make it, and MSTRKRFT were added to the bill at the last minute, and the club was still packed despite the headliner’s absence.
As soon as we got in, we saw a girl stage-diving while the MSTRKRFT guys rocked the decks. A couple of minutes later, a few dozen audience members bum-rushed the stage as bouncers ran through the crowd trying to control the situation.
That pretty much set the tone for the rest of the night: a rowdy, sweaty party that at times felt more like a punk rock concert than a DJ night. Aoki kept on jumping into the crowd in between swigs from a vodka bottle, and the dance floor kept threatening to turn into a full-on mosh pit. Ridiculous but fun.