By Paul Rodgers
CALGARY – Spring has sprung and April is looking real fine with a heap of international talent and multi-headliner raves to get your dancing muscles primed and ready for the summer months ahead.
New Wave, the HiFi based residency started by local producer OAKK has a couple great shows in April. Sam Binga, of lofty drum and bass imprint Critical Recordings performs on April 5 (Calgary). An expert in crafting hybrid sounds with hints of jungle, D’N’B and footwork, his sets are extremely enjoyable as well as technically astounding.
20/20 LDN is a music label at the forefront of bass music today and on April 6 at Distortion (Calgary), its creators and two other label artists will demonstrate what they are all about. Alongside Ivy Lab, the music collective behind the label, you can also see Paint, the mind-melting collaboration of Tsuruda and Huxley Anne and Deft, another harbinger of the future sounds of bass. With local support from two of Calgary’s finest Metafloor and KR Dub, I am confident in saying this will be one of the high water marks of the year.
A.Skillz really needs no introduction; he’s by no means a stranger to Calgary or West Coast festival circuits. An alumni of Shambhala and general festival-favourite, his lighthearted, party-rocking sets are always a good time. Catch this turntable scientist on April 12 at The HiFi (Calgary).
Catch rising Canadian rap and R&B artist Roy Woods plays at Commonwealth on April 15 (Calgary).
The second installment of New Wave takes place on April 19 and features two of Portland’s hottest producers Barisone and PRSN. Expect a huge variety of dancehall, hip-hop and plenty of bass.
Hannah Wants of Birmingham plays at Commonwealth on April 19 (Calgary). In 2016 she came under scrutiny for allegedly plagiarizing Boddika’s track “Mercy (VIP)” with her tune “Found the Ground.” That has since blown over, and at the end of the day, she is an extremely prolific artist with an impressive track record and impeccable DJ skills and her performance in Calgary will aptly demonstrate that.
New Zealand’s new talent Montell2099 plays at the HiFi on April 21 (Calgary), providing us an opportunity to witness this budding artist in his infancy. Having only really been around for the past year, he has been making waves with his eclectic tastes and ability to weave them together into an exciting take on trap music.
With a massive back catalog of releases and over 20 years experience, Montreal born, San Francisco-based Fred Everything plays at Habitat on April 21 (Calgary), and will undoubtedly be equipped with an extensive arsenal of deep house and techno.
On April 28 the Bass Coast 10 year anniversary North American tour rolls through the HiFi (Calgary) and features the versatile Doctor Jeep, whose set was a highlight of last year’s festival, and Max Elis, who has long been behind the scenes and behind the decks of the festival. Start feeling those sweet, sweet festival feels early!
This is but a mere smattering of events, and there are countless more that I had to leave out but I blame that on the tsunami of incredible bookings this month. It’s outrageous and wonderful. Thoughts and prayers for prosperous a prosperous April rave season!A.Skillz, Barisone, Deft, Doctor Jeep, Fred Everything, Hannah Wants, HiFi, Ivy Lab, KR Dub, Let's Get Jucy, Max Elis, Metafloor, OAKK, Paint, PRSN, Roy Woods, Sam Binga