On Saturday October 18th the legend is back again and we hope you are ready to ‘Party Like Us’ at BASSment Saturdays with Liquid Stranger.
We are super excited to have both of these guys coming out in the next few weeks. As part of #newmusicmondays we try to bring you the newest tunes from artists we love and artists playing at Webster and Slake.
Don’t miss out:
Snails on 9/27 at BASSment Saturdays http://bit.ly/snails9-27
heRobust on 10/10 at Slake w/ Grabbitz http://bit.ly/herobust-slake
Last week we posted the teaser to the new collab from Moguai + Benny Benassi. They dropped the full version and we can’t wait to hear it on the new sound system at Girls & Boys on October 24th for the #danceaholic tour with Benny Benassi.
Are you ready to be a Gangsta?
Grab tickets here: http://bit.ly/bennybenassiNYC
When I read Movits(!) description of themselves, as a “Swedish hiphop/swing band,” an irresistible urge to watch them hit me, the same way one watches Cirque du Soleil or a tightrope walker between the old World Trade Center, to give them the opportunity to answer the question of, “Can they pull this off?” As a friend said when I described the band to him, “Well…that is a thing.” Stephen Colbert invited them onto his show a few years ago, after apparently hearing of them through Reddit, precisely because of the novelty of their sound (they’re now signed to Comedy Central’s record label here in the US).
The brass and rap enthusiasts from Sweden definitely are a thing, and they pulled off a fun and energetic show, not the easiest task with a Tuesday night after-work crowd.
Singer/rapper/frontman Johan Rensfeldt wore a wide-brimmed black hat, reminiscent of what you might see in a Hasidic neighborhood, and carried himself with an appropriate amount of (slightly) self-aware swagger, like the world’s most braggadocios bar mitzvah MC. Rensfeldt referred to the band as, “infected by hip-hop,” and beginning the first half of their encore, a song titled “Call the Police,” offstage and acapella. Even though non-Swedish speakers couldn’t understand a single damn word during most songs, he seemed to have a solid grasp of what the kids call “flow,” to go along with his Swede swag.
The band claims inspiration from Bennie Goodman’s “Sing Sing Sing” (also known as the one non-Reel Big Fish swing song everyone knows) but really their performance seemed to owe more to Motown and the Blues Brothers. Rensfeldt’s bandmates, his brother Anders, a percussionist/electronic producer, and saxophonist Joakim Nilsson, as well as their (presumably) touring members, a bassist and a trombonist that go unnamed in the band’s online bio, wore matching white dress shirts and jackets as they came on stage, and danced in sync while playing. The brass with rap evoked memories of Kanye West’s early(ish) hit “Touch the Sky.”
A highlight of the show came when the band performed a song about a golden Volvo. “Sorry but we have to sing about our car now,” Johan Rensfeldt said before beginning the gangster-esque, gutturally rapped song titled “Limousin.”
The final song of their encore, a song Rensfeldt said translates to “spring,” performed the admirable feat of making nearly everyone in the Marlin Room jump up and down to the beat.
Like Movits, M.A.K.U. Soundsystem made a light Tuesday crowd move. But instead of bouncing Soundsystem made a smattering of shy early arrivers swing their hips with a combination of psychedelic rock mixed with Afro-Caribbean beats. This band’s for you if you listen to Tune-Yards, and went through a brief Carlos Santana period in middle school or high school but still too ashamed to admit it.
The mostly Colombia-émigré group seamlessly transitioned between several of their songs, focused on maintaining a groove. They played an extended version of one particularly danceable song, “Agua,” which features an infectious chant-like refrain. As the band played behind her singer/drummer Lillian Conde explained the title of the song as a metaphor transmutable to everything you know.
“Think of everything you love,” Conde said, listing objects and people, “and think about agua right now,” because water can take any shape.
Afterwards bassplayer/fellow lead singer Juan Ospina informed the audience, “That song was called ‘Agua’ in case you missed it,” before gulping water from a bottle at his feet. The eight-person band made decent use of its instrument collection, tux-with-tails clad saxophonist Isaiah Richardson, Jr. at one point pulling out a clarinet for some jazz-inspired high-pitched screams in the background of a later song, which also featured Ospina playing bass at a slow reggae pace while the rest of the band played double-time, as if they were in different songs. Yet it worked.
As if a preview for the next act Conde opened Soundsystem’s last song with a Spanish rap, Ospina a minute later demanding of the crowd, “Are you feeling this? Are you fucking feeling this?” with a forefinger to his ear.
During an extended instrumental finale an intensely determined look came over his face as his face craned, neck bent, towards the crowd, as if mentally willing the after-work crowd to move. And they did.
Written by Colin Wilhelm
The Front Bottoms + Brooklyn Vegan present Champagne Jam on Sunday December 21st. Tickets go on sale this Friday September 26th at 10am.
Rob Garza shared an amazing story with us about his show tonight and we wanted to share it with all of you!
"I feel honored to be playing alongside house music legend TODD TERRY. A little story about the last time I was headed out to see Todd in 1995…. A good friend of mine named Aou Pakdee asked me if, before the set, I wanted to stop by this brand new joint called the “18th Street Lounge” for a drink first. I met Eric Hilton and discussed music and never made it to see Todd Terry. That night Thievery Corporation was born. A full circle. Now I get to play alongside such a talented legend.”
Don’t miss what is going to be a legendary night tonight. Fridays belong to Girls & Boys.
in case you missed it! We are bringing the #majesticasfak tour to Albany on 11/9 with @killthenoise + @botnek + @twofreshbeats http://bit.ly/majesticasfak
Shows going on sale tomorrow (Friday September 19th) at 10AM. Tickets at websterhall.com (at Webster Hall)