Âme’s Frank Wiedemann cues up some sexy soulful techno at Wrongbar, Saturday, August 30.
Fri, Aug 29
Jumpin' for Joy
This month's edition of the Non Stop party brought Chicago-based Willy Joy to the Drake Underground to entertain the long-weekend masses. Joy spun an eclectic set of tunes, throwing in bootleg remixes of pop songs, chunky club-ready hip-hop, the occasional cheesy guilty pleasure and some banging electro house.
A few years ago this would have been pretty memorable, but these days this style is more the standard than the exception, so it's hard to get excited by it. It works pretty well for this kind of crowd - the weekend warriors driving in from the 905 get to hear songs they recognize, and the local hipsters get enough underground music to keep them on the dance floor, too.
However, with so many DJs rocking this kind of style, guys like Joy need to come up with something extra to stand out from the crowd.
Sat, Aug 30
Walking into Wrongbar for Milk's presentation of Berlin deep house heavyweights Âme, we were struck by the vintage disco lighting system recently installed over the middle of the dance floor. After months of nagging from patrons, the boys at Wrongbar have finally come up with something unique and unobtrusive that sets the tone for the venue perfectly.
For this event, only half the duo played - in this case Frank Wiedemann. The pair like to think of their sound as primarily based in deep house, but since they're coming from a German perspective, it's definitely not the kind of soul-based vocal house the American contingent call deep.
Instead, there was a colder techno aspect to many of the tracks Wiedemann dropped. Despite the synths and artificial textures, the tunes were still melodic and rich enough to feel suitably sexy. Unfortunately, there wasn't quite enough bass for most of the night, a situation we suspect is a result of trying to run a club in a residential area.
Mon, Sep 1
Doing it better
Monday nights at the Social have been busy and rowdy for most of the summer, but a good chunk of the regular crowd was too sapped to party on the last long weekend of summer. Unfortunately, this was also the week they'd decided to shake up the usual lineup of local electro DJs with an appearance by disco revisionist Mike Simonetti, who found himself in the odd position of playing for a crowd less then half the size they normally see.
Keeping a dance floor going when it's not very busy is hard enough at the best of times, but Simonetti also had to try to convert the regulars from the aggressive chainsaw disco they're used to to his slower, moodier cosmic beats.
Despite interesting tunes and decent mixing, it was painfully obvious that this wasn't going to be his night. Hopefully, next time he swings through, someone will throw a proper event that caters more to his unique vibe.