If you’ve been in LA at any point during the last three years, chances are you’ve heard about HARDfest. The city’s premiere party for some of the nastiest electro acts around, HARDfest has staged haunted Halloween mansions with the likes of Deadmau5 and Justice and brought heat to sweaty summer afternoons with all-out assaults from MSTRKRFT, Crookers, and Rusko. It was NYC’s turn this past Saturday: HARDfest partnered with The Bowery Presents to bring its signature blend of bass and blitz to Manhattan’s cavernous Terminal 5 with a lineup that included Russian noisemaker Proxy, dancehall upstarts Major Lazer and electro wunderkind Boys Noize.
The other night, my friend @ridichrissy was telling me her friend had a plus one to see Major Lazer among others, perform at Terminal 5. Off instincts, I immediately asked her to get some video footage, not really expecting it to happen. To my surprise, she messages me on Sunday asking me how she can transfer the file over and one day later, here it is for you to enjoy. What a crazy frickin’ performance.
People taking the initiative is always welcome in a time where being bland leads to being cool. So, when someone puts out a product on a culture that’s in a creative limbo, we get to see its ups, downs, and all-arounds. With The Electro Wars, director and creatvor Stephen Vasquez wanted to capture the essence that is electro culture–from the skimpy skirts to the tightest jeans and the most distorted sounds humanly possible to manipulate. With an upcoming screening during the 2010 Winter Music Conference in Miami, Stephen took time to elaborate on his film and his origins of being a electro “warrior.”
2009 was a good year for Buraka Som Sistema. The Lisbon, Portugal-based crew put progressive kuduro on the map in 2007 with their M.I.A.-assisted track “Sound of Kuduro” and spent the past year promoting their acclaimed 2008 studio debut, Black Diamond, with electric live shows that can only be described as epic. Their electro Afro-funk sound, soca rhythms, and—of course—kuduro-rave energy has swept the club scene around the world, so it’s no surprise that London’s legendary Fabric nightclub would call on BSS to head up FabricLive 49.
“The bass keeps coming, and coming, and coming and coming... and going and going and going and drops,” we’re informed on “Hey.” And drop it, they do; BSS assembles a mix that wades through grimy dubstep, electro, dancehall, Peruvian funk and features artists from across the globe—Angola, Portugal, France, Jamaica, Peru and the UK, among others.