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Fred Everything and Layo & Bushwacka @ Aria, Montrial
by team j5: 05-31-2003

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 at 11:30am.

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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