Have you ever seen dubstep star Caspa live? Well, you should. I did a couple of weeks ago and it exceeded my expectations. First off, the whole way to catch cab we were arguing if the Mezzanine would be packed or not. It was a Tuesday and a few days before Christmas. Not only was the place perfectly populated, these kids came to rage.
We sat out the openers — they gave us no reason to dance. Once Caspa came on we found a spot on the back of the dance floor. I like to have room to dance, so we made a mini-dance circle. It gives us a small space to go ape-shit-mad, a feeling that Caspa gave us during his entire set. Caspa played his whole cataloge that night, a fact that only me and a handful of people in the crowd knew. Regardless what he played, he played all of his hits, and the floor never stopped pulsating, and I never stopped yelling “kill, kill, kill!!”
Caspa, “Itchy & Scratchy“ (play/download mp3)
Bentley Reserve, San Francisco – 10/28
Once a year (except for last year) The Bentley Federal Reserve building in the financial district of San Francisco gets cleared out, mobile bar units are set up, and a rave called “Spider Ball” gets turned ‘on.’ This year the headliner was FreQ Nasty. If you live in San Francisco, and aren’t a yoga enthusiast, Freq Nasty is an elusive headliner. I have a few friends that haven’t heard him play since Burning Man, two years ago. It wasn’t a memorable performance. A lot of what he played, The Sluts have posted. So here is the rundown of the songs he played that The Sluts posted in the past:
Bassnectar, “Upside Down“
Doctor P, “Sweet Shop“
FreQ Nasty, “Dread At The Controls (Radio Edit)“
UK beat genius Tipper has recently added “Sound Experience” to his printed name. The move may be so he fits in better while he crushes every festival he plays at this summer, or maybe it’s because his compositions are sufficiently dope enough, and “Tipper” just didn’t do his shows justice. After seeing him at The Regency in San Francisco, my vote is the latter.
The Regency has shit sound. Not because they don’t have good equipment and competent people running that equipment, it just sounds like you’re standing inside a giant cardboard shoe box. The sound guys had 4 stacks of speakers placed right on the floor, one in each corner, making a rectangular dance floor. Not the best set up for Denver based artist Vibesquad. Anyone who’s see his live show knows his music is percussion-dominated, with a lot of hip-hop lyrics on top. It took me 2 hours to find a good spot. Just as we all settled into our new surroundings Tipper came on.
Tipper has said in interviews that he loves making music but hates play in-front of audiences. This was the 4th time seeing him and he always, I mean always, looks like there is a man with a knife to his back whispering in this ear “kill it, or I will kill you”. Tipper’s productions osculate between downtempo and more bass driven music. Tipper knows The City has a huge bass music scene and he made the floor at The Regency pulsate all night. I had a few people turn to me as we lit-up the dance floor-up and say, “that shit’s grimy as fuck.” True. Best show I’ve see in San Francisco this year? Yes!
I didn’t mention that Dov opened the show because he was only there to fill time, however this remix knocks:
T.O.B. – “Decoy (ill Gates/Dov Remix)“ (play/download mp3)