By Paul Rodgers
January 7, 2015
CALGARY — The Blackbutter Records tour on January 7th at Commonwealth was the subject of great expectation and excitement. Despite being held on a weeknight, in the middle of winter, and just a week after New Year’s Eve, the sold out club was packed with a crowd of eager fans who were more than ready for the night of music.
Kidnap Kid’s debut performance in Calgary warmed up the crowd to the soulful and more emotion-laden sound of Black Butter Records. With tracks like “Survive” and “So Close,” the set was rich with melodic vocals and colourful baselines. Kidnap Kid had the crowd melting and prepped to be uplifted by the headliners, who also made their first appearance in Calgary.
With their debut album Sirens freshly under their belt and a solid live band added to their live performances, Gorgon City is proving themselves to be at the top of their game. The energy of the crowd certainly demonstrated just how excited house music lovers in Calgary were to see them. Gorgon City delivered.
With a set spanning from their club classics such as “Real,” “Ready for your Love,” and “Go all Night,” into the heavier, darker and more eclectic depths of house music, Gorgon City played a set that catered to all in attendance.
The diverse group of enthusiastic attendees danced their smiling faces off until the house lights came up, and the U.K. duo closed out their encore, which featured their thumping remix of Clean Bandit’s “Nightingale.” Altogether, this evening proved that Blackbutter Records is a multi-faceted force to be reckoned with in the world of house music, and that Calgarians are willing to brave the elements, and sacrifice mid-week sleep, in order to get their 120-b.p.m. fix.AB, Alberta, Commonwealth, Gorgon City