This night was too good to miss, so i passed up a trip to NYC for Howells and
headed north to Montreal. Layo & Bushwacka! rank pretty high on my list after
their November Axis set, and their set this past Saturday @ Aria would only put
them higher up on it. I arrived at 2:30am. Resident Fred Everything was opening
the night. This was my first time hearing him spin and was very excited to hear
him finally after hearing nothing but great things. He really laid down a proper
opening set...something I've never heard from a Montreal resident. They have always
banged it out right from the start. Fred had a nice build going right from the
start with some groovy house jams. He slowly build up the pace by adding in lots
of bongo/drum infused tracks. Sounded awesome in the room. Just enough to get
you moving but not jumping around. Played a lot of intoxicating vocal tracks....ones
you know that will be big late on the summer. Played the Scumfrog remix of Monica
which sounded very nasty. He did build up to a mild peak and then just backed
off a bit before L&B came on. Loved every second of F.E.'s set and can not
wait to hear him spin up there again.
Layo & Bushwacka! had been touring North America all month. This was the
last stop on their tour before heading back home. And with a late gig the night
before in Toronto I was a little worried how well their set would go this night.
They took to the decks at 4:30am. Bushwacka! opened up and it was a rough start.
It was taking him some time to get used to the mixer so a lot of the mixes over
the first hour of his set were quite drawn out. But this was not a problem the
rest of the night, thankfully. Layo did not seem to have as much of a problem
as his set flowed much easier right from the start.
They would tag off every 1.5 - 2 hours and while their music selection was
pretty similar, their style at spinning it was much different. Both were spinning
a wide array of house (west coast, Detroit, acid, tech) and that had a lot of
horns/sax's and drum beats to them. Also spun a lot of breaks. Layo would tend
to stick to one genre for a while....not jumping around so much. Bushwacka!
would flow thru genres a lot quicker. But they both sounded great all night
and I could not pick one being better than the other.
Luckily, the other resident did not show so L&B were given the option to
stop whenever they wanted to. Layo wrapped up his final set at 8:30am letting
Bushwacka! finish up the night. Bushwacka! was having so much fun at this point
that Layo just decided to leave for the night as the night was not about to
finish anytime soon. By this point Bushwacka! was laying down some really way
out there tunes. He was jumping around in the booth just as much as the 300
people on the floor were that still stuck around for his set. At 10am the big
lights came on as the lighting guy and the vj went home. But the music went
on. More wicked, experimental house jams, laced in with some classics. Even
played a couple old skool hip hop tracks ! By 11:15am he spun what he thought
was the last record of the night. But as he took a seat back on the record bin
waiting for people to go home, we all started cheering and clapping.....for
a good two minutes the cheer went on. So finally he lit up another cigarette,
reached into his bag....and played one last track for the night.....finishing
Awesome night all around. Would have ranked up there as amazing, but the first
90 minutes of their set really broke up the night. Still an awesome set....better
than I was expecting it to be.
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