Bassssss! Flying Lotus & Kode9 @ The Magic Stick

Alex Calhoun —  April 5, 2010 — Leave a comment

Thursday night, spring was in the air, and heavy low end was reverberating through the speakers. Made it down to the Magic Stick to check out an evening of dubstep and out-there hip-hop beats. We got there a bit early and had a few beers downstairs, and I was amazed at the crowd I saw amassing for this event. Of course, I’ve been to a couple dubstep parties lately, and they seem to be picking up momentum every week, which is awesome because it’s getting a lot more kids into the electronic music scene, which could really use a boost in Detroit. Anyway I was pretty excited to see that the “surprise” opener was Brian Gillespie and Moodyman. Gillespie got the crowd going with a mix of hip-hop and some bass, with everything in between. Moodyman took to the decks next a spun a solid hour of downtempo, funk, beats, old house and all kinds of other gems; I really enjoyed this set. Made it out on the deck for awhile to enjoy the spring air, and by the time we were back inside, Kode9 was tearing up the dubstep tracks. I have to say, awesome track selection, reaching into the deep realms of dubstep, and not just a set of all wobble bass. He definitely got the crowd going, so by the time Flying Lotus took over, the place was on fire! Flylo brought the fire with beats, on the fly re-edits, and bass deep enough to knock the wind out of you. Fuck yeah! I got a look at his setup, and it looked like live MPC + laptop(someone please correct me if I’m wrong). All I have to say is, this dude definitely lives up to the hype, and I can’t wait for him to be back. Here’s a couple of videos of the evening to bring you up to speed. Sorry about the sound, soooo much bass it was unavoidable. Peace.
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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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