Tonight Only feat. Switch, Boys Noize & Tim Deluxe @ The Bakery, Perth (30/11/07)

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With summer well and truly at the door, Perth opened up its festival season with a mini electronic delight at the new and much-hyped SoCo Cargo. Promoted as a music venue revolution and ‘Australia’s premiere mobile music fun box’, I was expecting something pretty mind blowing. When arriving at SoCo, punters were sent to The Bakery to collect tickets and discover that there were going to be clashes of the headlining acts which wasn’t very cool.

Switch was first up at The Bakery and the crowd was big to see the ‘king of glitch house’. Dave ‘Switch’ Taylor who has had his nose to the grindstone in the past year, and it shows with the amount of remixes and production work he’s released recently. Aside from producing large amounts of M.I.A’s Kala and Santogold’s impressive new album Creator, he’s been remixing everyone from Basement Jaxx to Armand Van Helden. He still finds time to keep his shit sharp behind the decks through the fortnightly Fabric club night Get Familiar that he DJs at with good friend Sinden. Big bass lines and jumpy tempos are the Switch ‘fidget house’ signatures, and punters knew what to expect. Starting at mid tempo, the man who has been dubbed ‘the future of house music’ got the crowd bouncing immediately. Running through his trademark dark and heavy collection (now on CD as opposed to previous Aussie sets on Ableton), Switch dropped remixes of everyone from indie faves Futureheads with Worry About It Later to Bassment Jaxx. Also mixing some originals including This Is Sick, it is clear though that remixing is where Switch’s DJ sets are at, and dropping recent Radioclit remix Divine Gosa shows why he is the producer of the moment in electronic music.

If Switch is producer of the moment, then Kitsune would have to be one of the coolest labels of the moment. In fact, France in general seems to be dictating global cool trends but a few other continentals are raining on their parade. Germany has some stellar figures in dance music, notably the Get Physical crew of Booka Shade, M.A.N.D.Y. etc and Digitalism who can’t seem to put a foot wrong in their production these days. Alex ‘Boys Noize’ Ridha is at the forefront of the new electro craze that has been sweeping dance music for the past year and Perth was getting the first taste of the 25-year-old wunderkind. Along with Justice and Digitalism he has made crunching electro the hottest genre going around and punters at the Bakery couldn’t wait to get things moving. Appearing in a Boys Noize t-shirt and cap, I don’t think there was any doubt who was on the decks when his set started. There was chainsaw electro aplenty, buzzing through some tracks from debut LP Oi Oi Oi, the crowd couldn’t seem to get enough, roaring in appreciation when each new track or breakdown hit the stacks. Dropping a couple of his remixes including fan favourite Everyday I Love You Less and Less by Kaiser Chiefs and Muira by Metro Area, and Ridha was obviously having a good time smiling and bouncing with the crowd. When TV Off and latest single & Down were dropped you couldn’t do anything but dance and appreciate this young Berlin genius.

Next up down at SoCo cargo and also clashing with Boys Noize were Belgian journeymen The Glimmers, who have been Djing together for an incredible 20 years. It seemed The Glimmers’ reputation was a little lost on the younger fleuro crowd, but for a handful of committed partiers who were smashing up the dance floor at the mobile venue. It was a little disappointing to learn that the ‘SoCo’ in SoCo Cargo was in fact just short for Southern Comfort and 90 per cent of the drinks available were sickly sweet Southern Comfort cocktails with only one full strength beer available. Anyway, if it takes a major sponsor to keep something like the Cargo afloat it is well worth it. It seems their sole intention was to keep a party vibe running throughout and they showed their age a little playing Prodigy’s Smack My Bitch Up, which went down a treat. Genre hopping like it was going out of fashion, their mixing was perfect, honed on many compilation mixes done throughout their considerable career. Also playing the compulsory D.A.N.C.E. remix (do DJs get punished for not playing one these days?) they took us back to the 80s to make the Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, and it was nice to hear some variation in a dance set.

With the Glimmers over, it was time to head back to the Bakery to check out the headliner Tim Deluxe. With a slew of ringtone friendly dance chart hits such as Just Won’t Do and Less Talk More Action, it was going to be interesting to see what sort of set Deluxe was going to lay down. Starting with a glitchy, noisy electro beginning, he made sure the bass was unrelenting flowing through some reggae and jazz soul rhythms, which the dwindling crowd seemed to appreciate. It seemed that people were starting to lose interest as the fresher fan favourites of Switch and Boys Noize had well and truly finished, Deluxe had to do his best to draw people in from the courtyard where a lot of the crowd had retreated to and when they didn’t, he proceeded to cut his set short with a little booze-fueled tantrum.

All in all a very enjoyable evening but a shame it was over two venues, as one would have liked to consolidate the crowd which was quiet fluid and at times disinterested. It would have been better to have maybe even dropped Deluxe (harsh I know, sorry Timmy) and just let Switch, Glimmers and Boys Noize play sets in the one venue to get the most out of a pretty amazing non-festival lineup.

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