Review: Oslo, 1/23/08

Alex Calhoun —  January 24, 2009 — Leave a comment

First off let me start by saying, it was great to see Cozmic Spore back in Detroit. Dude makes me yearn for the warehouse days of yore. We showed up around midnight, and were less than suprised that it was a typical small Oslo crowd. Grabbed a beer and made my way to main room, and was engulfed with hard, pounding techno. As per the norm, there was just a few people who made it away from the bar and were rockin out to some pulsating sounds. Personally I was a big fan of Cosmic Spores set. I’ve dug this dude’s sounds since I bought his Genetic Code EP on Seismic Records back in the day. He never stopped bumpin’ hard ass techno throughout the whole set. There were a couple of remixes he threw in that were not my personal forte'(seriously, “Strings of Life” is a track that should be left to it’s original sound), but he kept it rockin on the decks regardless. Now, the one thing that diminished the overall enjoyment of my evening was Oslo’s shitty ass sound system. The speakers are definitely not made to handle techno that bangs that hard, and sounded like they were going to die at any moment. Cosmic Spore’s set would have sounded amazing in a big warehouse, or a more open space(chop shop anyone?), so I feel it didn’t sound as good as it could have. The crowd size slightly increased as time went on, which is a shame, cause this dude ain’t in the D often, and it’s always nice to see an old head. But like Art Martial always says, there’s never a consistent crowd for electronic music in Detroit. Perhaps I’m just overly nostalgic, but music is aways better in warehouses…….

Alex Calhoun


Alex Calhoun is a writer, vinyl collector, and lover of all things odd and electronic. He currently lives in the Detroit Metro area.
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