Fairmont (aka Jake Fairley) works some magic with his little machines at the Basement, Saturday, August 23.
Thu, Aug 21
Bones vs. Brodinsky
Parisian up-and-comer Brodinsky dropped in to the Social for a night of French-fried beats, and tried to show that there's more to his homeland than Justice and Daft Punk. His sound fits in somewhat with current French club styles (i.e., the Ed Banger sound), but with less of that distorted, heavy-metal disco attitude and more classic techno and house references, as well as straight-up tech-house.
Unfortunately, the local indie dance crowd doesn't have a lot of patience for slowly evolving minimal house and acid techno. He had the dance floor going for a while, but it didn't last long once they realized they weren't going to be hearing the buzz-saw bassline bangers they're used to.
He'd probably fit in better at a traditional tech-house event, but those are few and far between these days.
Fri, Aug 22
Soul at Circa
This week's Randomland Friday at Circa was even more random than normal. The guys from Boogie Inc hosted a soulful house jam up on the third floor while the New Kicks team played underground hip-hop downstairs in the Bathroom Bar, alongside the usual electro-indie dance in the main room. This meant a wider variety of people in the club, but it was still a slower-than-normal night.
Ron Trent and Abicah Soul, both well respected DJ/producers in the deep house scene, headlined at the Boogie Inc party. Early sound problems threatened to derail the vibe, but the techs got the distortion under control, and soon Trent was taking the room up to the next level. He's the kind of DJ who benefits from a long set where he can build things slowly, but in this case he had to hand off the decks to Abicah Soul just as he was getting going. Their vibes meshed well, though, with Abicah Soul giving it a slightly more chunky feel while maintaining the overall mood.
As an experiment, soulful house at Circa went well enough, but in future it would be better to put it in the Ballroom. The Cinema room is too bright and sterile, and this music needs better bass to come across properly.
Sat, Aug 23
Bass in the Basement
The venue last known as Blak has reopened as the Basement. This is a reference to one of the spot's most infamous past incarnations - the notorious after-after-hours spot the Bassmint. These guys are also doing the Sunday-morning marathon events, but this particular night was a much mellower, more civilized evening of techno, organized by the Platform crew.
It was billed as a showcase for the Border Community label, with Sweden's Petter, as well as Fairmont (aka Berlin/Toronto-based Jake Fairley). When we got there, Fairmont was already playing a live set using a table full of drum machines and synths. His Fairmont persona began life as an ambient project but over the years has evolved a melodic techno sound that works on the dance floor but is still laid back and mellow.
Following him, Petter took things up a notch with his DJ set, while still keeping things musical. He brought a bit of acid flavour to his sound and flirted with trance, although without the cheese factor.