By Paul Rodgers
CALGARY — Clubbing in the winter months can be a little arduous. Waiting in line in sub-zero temperatures, struggling to get a cab home when everyone else is doing the same thing, and just a bit of a lull in terms of overall show volume are all factors to take into consideration. Looking at the upcoming month, though, it’s hard not to get optimistic. Decent weather and an absolute blitzkrieg of bookings. Observe!
A London Ting carries on into their second instalment, indicating that the sound of UK garage has some enthusiasts in the 403. Two-step on over to Broken City on Friday the third and get those basslines in ya.
Another new residency showing good signs of growth is Dubfounded which takes place this month at Habitat on the ninth and features Bass Coast favourites and extremely dub-wise selectors Mandai and Tank Gyal. Who doesn’t at least kind of enjoy dub music right? And with these talented ladies along with support from the Sub Chakra crew, hosted by none other than Ouda Ouda, this likely be one of the best opportunities to take in some of the realest sounds.
When the Supreme Hustle and 403DNB team up, the results are usually pretty astounding. If, like me, you are a sucker for drum and bass, you’ll find this one is truly and ridiculously massive. Bad Company UK, Loadstar and DC Breaks will all be under the same roof at Distortion on the tenth. Bad Company, not to be confused by the ‘70s rock group with the singer who I happen to share a name with, are one of the most important names in the genre. Comprised of DBridge and DJ Fresh, they are responsible for legendary anthems including the timeless track “The Nine” and recently reunited last year. Loadstar and DC breaks as well are both formidable producers in their own rights, and this evening will be one for the books without question.
On the tenth, head to the Hifi to celebrate the life and music of one of hip-hop’s greatest producers, the late J Dilla. The night features Dilla’s brother Illa J and underground gem DJ Spinna.
Next up, Aussie rapper Illy storms The Gateway on the 11th. Not familiar? Illy swept the 2016 ARIA (Australia’s Grammys/JUNOs) nominations with an insane six nods.
Canadian hip-hop heroes Sweatshop Union perform at Dickens on the 11th with local legends Dragon Fli Empire opening things up among others.
I get the impression that Montreal based techno legend Tiga quite likes Calgary, as this is certainly not the first time I’ve mentioned him in this column. He brings his wealth of experience back to the Hifi on March 16.
Sub Chakra, generally most known for booking and promoting dubstep acts, are mixing things up in a big way on St. Patrick’s Day at the Nite Owl. Coming from Chicago, Aztek is one of the most cutting edge names in trap music today, releasing a steady stream of tracks and putting out some of the most bombastic mixes your ears can handle. And they have chosen Nelson’s Shiny Things to open things up, a perfect match indeed. This producer’s sets at Bass Coast and Shambhala this past summer turned a lot of heads. Going to be a night of very big sounds and great vibes.
If trap and the danker side of bass music perhaps don’t float your respective boats, head over to Distortion that night for Lucky Breaks with Slynk and Jpod. Both well seasoned festival and club veterans, this is a dynamic duo that will ensure a super fun night of breakbeat goodness.
Fresh from announcing the fantastic news that their festival is returning to full size after a licensing dispute with authorities made them reduce their numbers on site to 500 last summer, Fozzy Fest is celebrating and wants to “Let the good vibes roll” on the 24th at Festival Hall. The night features Jason Smylski, DJ digaBoo, Robbie C, Sammy Senior and X-Ray Ted.
As if you need an excuse to go out and party to Biggie’s tunes, Natural Selections at Broken City is dedicating a whole night to the hip-hop legend on the 25th.
One of breakbeat’s finest, the ever entertaining A.Skillz returns to the Hifi Club on the 29th. He is the epitome of a party rocking DJ, mashing up tons of styles, amping up crowds with amazing talent, energy, and a tongue-in-cheek knack for integrating unexpected tunes and he has produced countless dance dancefloor destroyers over the years. Will be a good show as always.
Besides getting tons of shade recently for allegedly ripping off Joy O and Boddika’s tune “Mercy (VIP)” in her track “Pound the Ground,” Hannah Wants is an extremely talented and enjoyable DJ. She performs on the 31st at Marquee so you can go see and hear for yourselves.
As always I’m sure I missed lots and lots of things, but looking at this list gets me pretty dang hot and bothered in the best possible way, so I hope it has a similar effect on you readers. Much love to you all and see you on the dancefloor.AB, Alberta, Calgary EDM, Calgary hip hop