On Wednesday night I had the absolute pleasure of seeing and, more importantly, hearing London Elektricity aka Tony Coleman and MC Wrec for Bassdrop at Favela.
It was odd heading out on a Wednesday night to a Kings Cross club, but upon arrival there was a short queue to get in, the lovely Sorcha managing the entry. She greeted me with a smile, a peck on the cheek and stamped my arm and it was off to join the masses upstairs, which was already at 80% capacity.
The crowd was already bouncing off the walls thanks to the $5 drinks happy hour between 8 and 10, some more evident than others, and the warmup DJ and MC, who seemed to be doing a good job. I settled into the tightly packed crowd atop the mezzanine steps, where I would drift back and forwards for the remainder of my night, and began to reacquaint myself with the drum n bass style of dance. There’s not a whole lot to it; it’s kind of like doing standing situps or ab crunches, but to the music, and with regular bending the knees, and then there’s various modifications you can add. The speed is quite fast though, a regular DnB track will run along at 174bpm, and you’d want to be hitting every beat, or each off beat at least.
When London Elektricity graced the decks, the crowd bellowed with excitement, and Tony responded with his track Just One Second, I think it was the Apex Remix, followed by Deadmau5 & Kaskade‘s I Remember (J Magik & Wickaman Remix), a great party tune, nice and summer-y. Completing the magical triplet was the dnb mix, possibly the High Contrast Mix of MGMT‘s Time to Pretend. The rest of the set just took off from there, including a few sections full of low end dubstep. Other tracks of note were:
- London Elektricity – All Hell is Breaking Loose
- Adele – Hometown Glory (High Contrast Vocal Mix
- Mistabishi – Printer Jam (Barbarix Remix) This was teased and sampled multiple times before actually dropping.
Overall the crowd was pleasant. It was pretty refreshing to be out without having all these dolled up girls in short dresses showing plenty of flesh, rather the girls were mainly in singlets, jeans and sneakers. Not many “look at me girls”, but they seemed to be just out there for a good time with good music.
Big thanks to Paul Strange, Sorcha, Bassdrop,
MC Wrec and Tony Coleman for one of the front-running gigs of the year.