Fri, Feb 29
Parties are unpredictable. Considering the large roster of out-of-town talent at Circa on Friday night, we expected a big lineup outside but instead found the club quieter than when locals are headlining. Still, even an off night at Circa is bigger than most clubs’ busiest, so it was far from dead.
AD/D’s Randomland Fridays have been expanding their musical mandate over the past few months, making good use of the club’s maze of rooms. Up in the Mirror Ballroom, funky Chicago house queen DJ Heather was dropping her trademark bumpin’ beats to an appreciative crowd. Word is, we may see more traditional and soulful house acts at Randomland in the future. Hopefully, that crowd will be willing to brave the club district to support them when the time comes.
Down in the main room, influential French bloggers the Fluokids were rocking out. They played bangin’ techno-flavoured tunes, which might have been a miscalculation on their part, as the more eclectic sets often go over surprisingly well there.
L.A.’s Afrobots took over the mic next for a bit of live hipster rap. He played a short set and managed to wake up the room somewhat but wasn’t really much to write home about on a musical level. Missed Sweden’s Lo Fi Fnk, but word is that it wasn’t their best show, so we’ll just keep the great memories of their past appearances instead.
The mixing of different scenes is a great thing, but it seems to work best when outside promoters bring in the various crowds rather than relying on out-of-town talent.
Sat, March 1
The monthly Goin’ Steady party at the Boat shows no sign of waning popularity. It still hits capacity early, and the lineups still stretch down the street. It’s hard to say exactly why this 1950s-focused night has become so successful; it’s not as if all the kids are sporting poodle skirts and pompadours. Whatever originally drew the crowds, though, it’s easy to see why they keep coming back – it’s a genuinely fun party, and there’s very little else like it in town.
Well worth checking out, but get there early to be sure of getting in.
The Swagger Blaster crew returned to Blak this week, this time with Ottawa’s DJ Illo as their special guest. Illo comes from a turntablist background, so his approach to the whole electro-indie-dance thing reflects that. You rarely hear more than a minute of a tune, and while he’s not showing off his scratching skills much, he is clean and fast on the mixer.
At first Blak’s nu-rave-meets-old-rave concept seemed unwieldy and unlikely to succeed, but the spot is quickly finding its niche. It’s surprising that the old-rave kids are warming up so easily to the new school, but it’s a good kind of surprise.