Archive | March, 2012

Reliving Bassweek Part 2 – Delta Heavy, Doctor P and Andy C at The Guv

30 Mar

Fellow UK Bass Buffs,

Like the rest of you North American university attendees, I am currently experiencing that last slimy push of scholastic responsibility before the freedom of summer. Creative juices are at an all-time low, and the concept of free time becomes more laughable with each day that goes by. But thankfully, last week I decided to utilize what small window of opportunity I had in between assignments, and hauled my ass to The Guvernment to step out my frustration appropriately in the presence of three of my most relished UK bassmusicians.

Unfortunately since I am back in school-mode and strapped for time, I decided to cut the bullshit and give you guys the raw experience in point form.

wick it wick it, junglist massive

- Signed Sincerely, Dr. Robotnix

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Delta Heavy

  • Got to The Guv, waited for the rest of TWG crew in the line even though we were on list [idiot]. Mistakenly threw out my earplugs while waiting [idiot]. At least the line wasn’t filled with puke like most nights. This one had a potent junglist odor…like that of a panther after an hour in the sauna.
  • Missed the first little bit of Delta Heavy‘s set – only half of the duo was playing. Didn’t matter. He went hard in the motherfucker.
  • Room was already 3/4 full when we got in. Stood in the middle/back with enough room and energy to step to our hearts content. Guvernment soundsystem without earplugs = catastrophears. Music was super loud at the back, had all the subs pointed directly at us. Still, had way too much adrenaline to give a fuck.
  • Crept in to the front to get better vids. Managed to stay in front of the subs so the music wasn’t as loud. In the long-run I’m sure that was a good call for the ears but it ended up leaving my body completely crippled.
  • Delta Heavy was the only DJ of the night to play a variation of genres including electro house, moombahton, dubstep and dnb. Literally played out all of his big hits, and by halfway into his set, the crowd was already in top gear and began the moshpit that never seemed to stop the entire night.
  • Stage-divers greeted by unwelcoming crowd and/or the floor. Note to any potential stage-divers: try not to pick the spot to land where the helpless girl is standing. For your sake and for hers.
  • Even with all the nonsense happening around me, the whole time I couldn’t keep my eyes off of Doctor P who was chillin behind the booth monitors soaking in the atmosphere. It was finally about fucking time!
  • Delta Heavy finished off with his remix of Must Be The Feeling, and left the stage before it was done. Doctor P hops into plain view and sets up while the track was being played out. Seeing him + hearing Delta Heavy’s remix made the crowd hit their first wet climax of the evening.
  • Delta Heavy comes back to a classic Tdot applause, with the Guv air horn blasting and fans jumping on top of each other just to get a chance to touch his outstretched hand. After a quick crowd surf, he hops back onstage to grab his gear, and then out of sight. If anyone deserved an encore, it was that man, unfortunately the decks were already occupied by the big label boss. The chants began now.

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Doctor P

  • Too long I’ve waited for Doctor P to play for me; still had a sour taste from his absence at WEMF and thought it was time for him to make it up to Toronto. Felt like everyone in there agreed.
  • Based on my history of seeing Circus artists, I knew the set would be mainly tracks from his label, and wasnt surprised, but still extremely happy when he busted out Roksonix‘s Music In Me as his opening track.
  • Barely 3 minutes in his set and already the crowd is 3 feet in the air banging to Bass Cannon. As much as Doctor P seemed reserved and languid, he was feeding the crowd with more sugar than a bass-deprived diabetic.
  • Went through his major hits (Big Boss/Watch Out/Sweet Shop/Superbad). I’ve heard these tracks in every dubstep set in the last few years, but felt honored to have the man himself play them out.
  • Kept his set very much UK with pure UK feel to it. Played a bunch of unheard tracks. Possibly unreleased. Definitely wanted.
  • Could tell from the crowd that lots of people came that night to see him specifically. Made sense seeing some of the crowd’s reaction to literally every move he made, and that the place opened up a little after his set.
  • Highlight of his set was when the second drop on his License remix hit and the crowd formed into a mess of scattered limbs. I vaguely remember trying to tweet and guard my face from incoming appendages while making sure I didn’t get flattened by the crowdsurfers. How anyone survived that short period of time is beyond me.
  • Lowlight of his set was standing in the fronter-most pit area – with the subs located behind me and facing away. Not enough bass for my tastes.

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Andy C

  • Relocated backwards to a more step-able zone. Refreshments purchased.
  • Andy graciously takes the decks away from the Doctor, and brings out his MC, Armanni Reign, to replace the other MC, who looked a hell of a lot like Animaeus from Spartacus.
  • Armanni was considerably more crowd-engaging and had the junglists hanging off the rafters the moment he got on the mic.
  • Andy kicked it into ‘Executioner Mode’ the moment the CDJs gave way to his vinyl, and the room littered itself with step sessions.
  • Having a legend like Andy on the decks means you’re about to go on a sonic ride through the halls of Drum N Bass, and he pulled out all the stops for us that evening. There was no ageism with Andy, classics were being rinsed out alongside brand new bangers, and regardless of whether you knew the tracks or not, Andy had your body in full control.
  • Migrating back to the subwoofers sweet spot made a considerable difference. Note: from now on @ The Guv stay out of the pit area if you seek maximal unce.
  • By the time the decks came to a halt, anyone who stayed till the end had suffered a mild case of cerebral palsy. Had to miss out on the rest of the fun with Rene LaVice because I knew for damn sure I wouldn’t of been able to survive round 4.

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Reliving Bassweek Part 1 – Foreign Beggars at Wrongbar

27 Mar

To My MC-favouring Minions,

Last Wednesday the city of Toronto officially kicked off it’s 2012 Bassweek festivities at Wrongbar, so naturally I gathered the necessities and made my way east on the 401. Now although we’re no Miami, the string of concerts that spanned from Wednesday to Sunday featured an impressively healthy chunk of the best and brightest Dub/DnB legends that the UK currently has to offer, aka – Foreign Beggars, Jack Beats, Delta Heavy, Doctor PAndy C and High Contrast. They also even managed to throw label-mates Camo & Krooked, and Netsky into the fray somehow, who I have been painstakingly waiting to see for over a year now.

Besides the family emergency that kept me from the Jack Beats show @ The Hoxton, the TWG crew and I were able to cover all the above artists in full capacity, and the whole experience stood as a stern reminder of how insanely explosive the Torontonian Bass/Jungle community can be when fully voltron’d.

So stick around in the next coming days, as the rest of our the Bassweek coverage is on the way.

- Signed Sincerely, The Worst Guy

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P.S. full pics can be found HERE (via Thesupermaniak)

I’d like to start off by apologizing to The Frandiscos, as I don’t think I was in any sort of comprehensive state of mind when I walked into Wrongbar that night; considering the first thing I tweeted was that Foreign Beggars were on and playing Still Gettin’ It, and it was only 11:45. Thankfully both Going Quantum and Foreign Beggars were quick to knock some sense back into me, and I was thus able to enjoy The Frandiscos’ set properly and without further nonsensical idiocy.

After the pleasantly plump opening set from the Torontonian duo, which featured a sizeable ladling of up to date music that spanned a variety of genres, Biz Davis (or ‘Biz-mentality’ as I like to call him) grabbed the mic and gave the London boys a warm welcome back to Canada, as well as their inaugural introduction to the Bassmentality crowd. From there, DJ Nonames (Foreign Beggars’ turntablist) snuck across the backstage and into the booth, where he proceeded to get our motors running by busting out a nice little scratch session. As the pit slowly swelled, MCs Orifice Vulgatron and Metropolis emerged from the shadows with mics in their hands, and quickly nabbed everyone’s undivided attention – something they would continually hold, and squeeze, from that moment until the decks came to a halt some two hours or so later.

I can’t really speak for the rest of Canada, but here in Ontario quality MCs are respected to the nth degree, regardless of genre, and any opportunity for us to sink our teeth into a live set featuring respected UK born-and-bred rappers is cherished to the fullest. In hindsight the duo far surpassed any other of the MCs I saw that remaining week (IMO), and the intimate setting of Wrongbar set the stage for an ongoing exchange of enthusiasm between them and the crowd, eventually erupting in myriads of table divers and crowd surfers that consistently peppered the latter half of the show. The highlights of the evening included watching Braden Ransome instinctively drop 2 beers and his phone to dive off the sidebar the moment Vulgatron asked for it, and seeing Foreign Beggars recreate what I had seen Skrillex do the first time he played Wrongbar – calm the pit down long enough to split them like the Red Sea before the last drop, thereby ending things on a biblically proportional note.

In conclusion, it is my hope that the art/culture of MCing soon becomes as intrinsically rooted in North American bass music as it is in the UK. The difference between simply watching a DJ mix, and being powered through a party by thoroughbred MCs, is astronomical when it comes to the overall experience, and much more aptly suits the definition of a ‘live music performance.’ So if you’re an aspiring DJ or producer that hasn’t already thought to do so, go sniff out some local MCs in your community and give them a shot at spitting over whatever you’ve got in your arsenal; if by odd chance your talent levels are compatibly equal, you both stand a much better chance at distinguishing yourselves in the live environment, as well as creating more unique music that elicits a deeper emotional response from fans.

may the scatta be with you…

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The TITs Week 73

26 Mar

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Fellow Scholars and Concert Mongers,

Thanks to nearly a week of consecutive concert outings in Toronto, I am currently stuck in my university’s library waiting for over 2 dozen videos to upload themselves, with only the dull, aching pain of an ear infection to keep me company, along with a hefty pile of assignments and looming exams. But not to worry, I’ve got enough concerts and interviews coming up next week to deter me from recovering any sort of auditory health or scholastic merit in that time, and enough new music to keep me from going too crazy in the time being.

I will now share this music with you good people, which you have been a couple of days overdue for thanks to my tardiness. Also here’s a list of all the upcoming shows I’m heading to in the near future.

  • Wednesday – Hydee + Dr. Ozi + Markus Visionary @ Wrongbar
  • Thursday – Skream & Benga @ The Hoxton
  • Saturday – Alvin Risk @ CHROMA
  • Monday – Andy’s iLL + Kill The Noise + Feed Me @ The Phoenix

 - Signed Sincerely, The Worst Guy

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Since anyone with a twitter account was able to pseudo experience WMC and Ultra this year, it was easy to tell which artists’ sets really stood out. And this past Saturday, from amidst the geysering amount of hashtags that were spewing forth from Miami, the general consensus seemed to point to our favourite young French producer as having one of the most explosive and captivating sets of the afternoon. But since I wasn’t there personally, I leave it to The Dancing Astronaut to give you the finer points:

  • “The Madeon who rocked the UMF Korea stage today — and we mean rocked it — was a very different Madeon from the one we saw at Webster Hall late last year. At his American debut in November, The French prodigy largely stuck to his comfort zone, playing electro-tinged nu-disco tracks and house classics. But his first-ever Ultra set offered not only a more diverse track selection, but a true sense of narrative and absolutely flawless mixing. It’s clear that Madeon is a student of the EDM world… and let’s just say he did his homework. Simply put, he NAILED it with this set.” – D.A. 

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Chpsmks – Night People

Chpsmks – Dusk

Chpsmks – These Moments

After searching high and low for a sound that truly fit him, London’s own Johnny Edward Sherrit has finally started coming into his own and has produced something truly unique in the face of what is coming from most other producers his age here in Ontario. Drawing influences from the likes of F.O.O.L and Kavinsky, he has crafted music that aptly suits the name that title’s the EP. So the next time you find yourself in the car whilst the sun is in the midst of taking its late afternoon dip under the horizon, do yourself a favour and grab some Chpsmks, and watch as all your worldly bullshit slips out the top crack of the window… puff by puff, note by note.

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Vava Voom (feat. Lupe Fiasco)

  • Step 1 – go to your car
  • Step 2 – load this song into your respective audio enabling device
  • Step 3 – crank to max and hit repeat
  • Step 4 – drive to area most densely populated with young people (preferably attractive)
  • Step 5 – proceed to ghost-ride until a party starts behind you
  • Step 6 – acquire bitches

P.S. here’s some more Lorin-related yumminess

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500 Miles (Gooffee Remix)

If you’re reading this and are Canadian, there’s really no reason for me to explain to you why this remix brings tears to my eyes. If you’re not Canadian, please refer to this, and understand that any song here in Canada that is intrinsically linked to the activity of drinking beer becomes almost as important as our national anthem. And given that Molson is the most patriotically Canadian beer we’ve got, this remix should do quite well, regardless of how well it’s produced.

P.S. here’s a new release from some other talented Torontonians

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Change Your Ways (Original Mix)

Sun Clouds (Original Mix)

First Encounter (Original Mix)

I came across Forekast‘s music while browsing through my Soundcloud yesterday (excuse the irony), and have been listening to it almost exclusively since. My short recovery period has found me weaning away from the blood-curdling bassmusic that I have become all-too accustomed with, and the young Pennsylvanian has provided a formidably tranquil sonic haven for my eardrums to nestle in for the time being. I could go on and make a bunch more idiotically provocative puns juxtaposing the word Forekast with the uplifting and soothing nature of his music, but it would probably achieve the adverse effects of what his music is supposed to elicit emotionally.

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The illustrious online heartbeat of the EDM industry came out with its winning picks for this years Beatport Music Awards recently, so I figured I’d rangle up all the songs that I hadn’t already heard/posted, so that we may all get a glimpse into who has gained the most viral favour in their respective genres over the course of 2012 (according to the hub).

Breaks:

Electronica:

Funk / R&B:

Glitch-Hop:

Hip-Hop: 

House:

Progressive House:

Trance:

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Chris Lake and Michael Woods at London Music Hall (Tickets)

23 Mar

Fellow London Mau5trap Mongers,

Crowned Entertainment has brought us Michael Woods and Chris Lake in the same fucking night. Talent wise it really doesn’t get much better than this, so any excuse you may have as to why you cannot attend is already void and futile. Also its the night of April Fools, so im sure the girls in London will figure out some way to spin that into an excuse to dress sluttier than usual.

CLICK HERE FOR TIX

If you wear neon, I will kick you

- Signed Sincerely, The Worst Guy

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