Fri, Feb 15
Love & Sex
NOW’s annual Love & Sex party took over the Mirror Ballroom at Circa this year, with some help from AD/D. That room is gayer than the rest of the venue, which made it a good fit for the event’s poly-sexual vibe.
DJing for much of the night was Vivi Diamond, a young up-and-coming electro DJ who’s been playing around a fair amount lately. Most weeks she’s in the smaller Bathroom Bar downstairs, but she performed well in the bigger room with a beefier system – lots of dirty pop bootlegs and nu-rave bangers played to an enthusiastic crowd.
Performing live were Boytech, presumably a joke electro band – two guys, hot pants, weightlifting onstage and an overdose of camp. They’re rumoured to be much less gay than their stage act implies, and it’s hard to get a handle on exactly what they’re trying to say, but it is quite the spectacle.
Sat, Feb 16
This month’s edition of Squares Stay Home ended up at Blak (see Club Spotlight) and featured two live acts alongside the usual roundup of hipster DJs. On first was Massachusetts-based one-man-band San Serac. His debut full-length, Professional, was one of the under-looked gems of last year, and it was quite impressive to see its live interpretation. The backing tracks were pre-sequenced, and he embellished them by laying down some fluid keyboard lines and electronic drums as well as handling the Bowie-esque crooning.
Also playing live were Toronto’s VitaminsForYou, which took the form of main man Bryce Kushnier on electronics and vocals alongside a drummer and bassist. There was some attempt to play down their pop side and jam out more, but some partiers on the smoking patio complained that “the music is good, but it’s not pounding enough.” Oh well, you can’t please them all. Eventually the buzz-saw electro sound will burn itself out and lighter, more musical fare like this will be a welcome relief.
Sun, Feb 17
The diehard audience for Timmy Regisford’s who’ve been packing his weekly Shelter party in NYC for 17 years have become something of a family. So it made sense for Boogie Inc and Mixed Signals to bring him in for the first Family Day long weekend.
At Shelter he’s known for playing marathon sets of soulful house music until the late morning, but Mod Club isn’t exactly the kind of place to stay open past dawn, so we got a condensed version of the experience – lots of house remixes of R&B songs, some gospel, some Afro-Latin percussion workouts and a few deep, melodic tech-house tracks. He played a lot of big anthems from over the years but usually found some way of making them new, either by layering the a cappella over another track or by playing custom edits and mixes to breathe life into the old standbys.