Beats Antique and Deru @ The Do Lab (REVIEW)
The King King in Hollywood is usually overrun with fast-tempo freaks who are out for a shiny razzle-dazzle night on the town, but one night a month The Do Lab takes over the stylish venue and packs the dance floor with Burners and other neo-tribal types who actually care what the artists are playing. As always, you can count on a Do Lab show to bring a deeper element to the party and to inspire heads with ideas just as mouths are filled with shouts of glee.
Such was the case last Thursday night as Jupit3r, Deru, and Beats Antique anti-infected Hollyweird with the ruffling sound of sashaying petticoats, the warm smiles of old friends and a hundred guys in brimmed hats.
I arrived at 9PM sharp to the sold-out show; though I was set, I was hoping to score tickets for my out-of-town house guests who had failed to purchase presales. Luckily we were there just in time for them to cage two of the ten tickets for sale at 9PM. Early birds and the worm and all.
Despite a decently long line to get inside the venue, the King King was empty except for two freaks on the dance floor (and one blogger); the opening DJ Pod was playing an interesting set but I was jonesing for Deru to finish his drink at the bar and play already. In the meantime my friends got in, and we left to party where the drinks were cheaper: our flasks.
The crowd filtered in and the dance floor began to fill up as Deru progressed into his set, riding in on a horse of bass and bringing his delightful version of glitch-out hip hop/IDM to a room full of welcoming ears. I would pay to hear Deru play any day of the week. Maybe every day.
By the time Beats Antique came on, the urban gypsies were out in full force and the dance floor was packed, strutting, and beautiful. Beats Antique’s dark circus music has struck a chord in the electronic music community with it’s three rings of broken beat brass, middle eastern enigmas, and straight up underground West Coast lean. They provide an uplifting and fun performance experience that is not too hard, not too soft. Oh how we love the live instruments fused with forward-thinking electronica! Using a violin, guitar, drum kit, plenty of magic electronic boxes and a feather-wielding dancer, Beats Antique does not rest on it’s obviously stellar reputation with the festie crowd, but delivers a fresh and invigorating round of dance love with every song. Fusing live instrumentation with heavy, bouncing beats, their performance was an intriguing display of infinite possibilities of music from roots to future funk, and of the people who believe in such dreams and nonsense.
And I’m not the only one.
Catch Beats Antique as they tour the West Coast in the upcoming weeks; find more information and tour dates here.
Deru plays in Seattle for Halloween at Feralia Deceptiva with Phidelity
Check out The Do Lab here; their next event at King King features none other than Bluetech, Mimosa and Electric Dandelion.
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