Bok Bok the incredible

 

DJ Bok Bok rocks

kitties ‘n’ grime!

The venerable Bubblin’ and Dropping Gems crews in PDX brought UK deejay Bok Bok to Holocene on Friday night, 3/22/13. It was an evening of pure genius, to be sure. The words Bok Bok (Alex Sushon) himself used to describe a recent on-air BBC1 mix of his was “raw and uncompromising club music.” Until this weekend, the ‘clubbiest’ set I’d seen to date was M.A.N.D.Y. years ago at the defunct club 2410. But Bok Bok now takes the cake as clubbiest, making one feel transported to dark London underground caverns some years in the future, or like Paz de la Huerta all fried up in Tokyo in ‘Enter the Void’.

Now, I have little idea how dj’s create their mixes; it’s all a glorious mystery to me, but Bok Bok’s deconstruction & composition skills are clearly on the cutting edge. I think much of the mixing was done live, with all kinds of awesome noisemaking machines. He lays down a basic funky jam or addictive samba drum track or what have you, chops it up and adds so many detailed, perfectly syncopated synthy rhythms, satifyingly loud and crystalline noises and heavy bass that the gestalt sum is a wholly new, unbridled composition with a steely, existential and terrifying feel. The sharpness, heaviness and abstract scariness are exactly what bass music is all about, but I’ve really only seen a few dj’s who craft it this well. (I mean, maybe I need to get out more, but this guy is an ACE.) Raw and uncompromising are definitely the words for it. And in addition to being cerebrally fascinating, the entire set was body-rocking. So liberating. Not a single overbearing moment despite the intensity. I’m so hooked; been listening only to the long mixes on Bok Bok’s Night Slugs label since Friday. I just want to live in London for a while and see this guy and his bassy/grimy friends demolish it every week and then jaunt over to Berghain in Berlin every once in a while to catch one of Ben Klock’s six-hour sets. If I posted “Sometimes I just want to be a European raver” on Facebook, people would relate, right?

One can only keep thanking the local favorite guys ‘n’ gals for bringing such amazing urban music to the valley here and priming the crowds with their intelligent opening sets. It’s really a public service.


(video courtesy of dj Lincolnup!)

Night Slugs website: http://nightslugs.net/

Plenty of mixes on that site & on soundcloud, including this shorter mix for B.TRAITS on BBC1 radio, which has been on repeat. And here’s Bok Bok’s remix of a MikeQ remix of Egyptrixx – ! Way.

Cool interview from XLR8R.com. And another at SPIN. We could not possibly give more word-ups to this quote from Bok Bok:
My favorite sets in the past few years have been ones where I’ve played for seven hours. It’s about immersiveness; it’s about trying to give people a richer club experience — not something disposable that they can just get drunk to. Well, they should still get drunk! They should still get crazy. Then they can come away with a feeling that they maybe have experienced something a little more interesting and deeper than your average club night, hopefully.

-Spectre

p.s. I couldn’t see most of the opening sets because I was @ defunkt, also tearing it up blackbox style. One can’t really pretend to be a Londoner by clubbing alone. One must attend the theater as well.

Flight at Groove Suite

First we met James “Jim” Collier at Groove Suite and we were in love. Then we met his boyfriend Chris Dematras and we fell in love again. We’ve been dying to hear Chris DJ as The Art of Hot, but for their first ventures into producing a dance party they decided to politely invite others onto the decks. We attended their first offering called “Flight” last week and we had a blast! Hugs all around, some of the best local dancers doing their thing and plenty of dance music. Jim and Chris appropriately donned captain’s hats for the occasion, while the poi dancer wore a fetching flight attendant hat.

Flight event at Groove Suite

Jim, Lexi, and Chris

  • Deep Slapper: These guys added in some jazzy stuff at the end of the set that we loved
  • Easy Company : Not for the namby pamby types! Just saying it had a bit of a harder edge, we like all dance music.
  • Team Sexy: Unfortunately, it was a school night for us, so we didn’t get to hear the last disc jockeys of the night.

It was a fabulous start at a beloved and beleaguered discotheque in downtown Portland. Enough people showed up to get the dance floor going and show their support. What will happen with Groove Suite? Why can’t they let the people dance and make merry in a spacious and convenient location? I think I speak for everyone when I say that we all want to be safe when partying and laws governing nightclubs are important. I also don’t know the details of the problems with the current location for Groove Suite. I do know that since I have been in Portland, it has continuously offered up some of the best parties and brought in the best DJ’s from around the world. At proletarian prices too! I also think one of the best things us Disco Proletarians can do right now is go to events at Groove Suite and show that we care and appreciate all the hard work that has gone into this Portland treasure.

Back to the topic at hand. Jim goes to EVERY event in Portland, takes pictures and then posts them on his Pocho’s Cosas page on facebook.  Be sure to check there for pictures of Portlanders and out-of-towners dancing the night away! The next Flight event, Jetset, takes place April 11th, again at Groove Suite. Get your groove on before the groove is gone!

Lexi Galexy, poi dancer extraordinaire!


Spectre of the Rose here – I would just like to add this amusing text from the beginning of the night:

ramping up

Zuzuka Poderosa

We first heard tell of Zuzuka Poderosa in the summer of 2012 and we were glad. We found a couple of videos on youtube that piqued our interest and made us want to dance. Then we found the Carioca Bass Mixtape by Kush Aurora and our lives were changed forever. Do you like Baile Funk? Do you like Brazilian music? Do you like dancehall and French Fries?  All of this and more in a mind-blowing assault of booty shaking grooves.

Carioca Bass Zuzuka Poderosa

You will dance

Thank you Zuzuka Poderosa and Kush Aurora!  We danced all summer and into the fall listening to the mix, much to the displeasure of house mates at 3am. (Not recommended.)

Times in which it is recommended to listen to this mix:

  • Taking a walk in the park
  • Cleaning the house
  • Preparing for the discotheque
  • Post discotheque (see above, should only be done in certain cases.)
  • Impromptu dance parties with fellow Maenads (always have your portable music device prepared.)

There are surely more instances when you should play this mix extremely loud and I will leave it to you, Reader Dearest, to recognize those times.

Another stellar contribution was made by Sonora Longoria with his digital album called
Sonora Remezcla: Zuzuka Poderosa. Again a free download! Not only music for The Proletariat but also a gateway mix for people who assume they don’t like Latin music styles. You probably do and you just don’t know it yet! Let Sonora and Zuzuka show you the way. There is so much good music to dance to from all over the world and we are fortunate to have these collectors of gettin’ down music to share it with us. Viva Sonora Longoria!

Sonora Longoria

Thriller Beats!

Poderosa means power and Ms. Poderosa intends to make “Interracial Music Babies!” Not for the faint of heart, this style of music is for people who are seriously prepared to dance. With roots in baile funk and global bass, this earth shattering dance music intends to cross all boundaries and create a new sound which Zuzuka is calling Carioca Bass. Born in Brazil and currently based in Brooklyn, there are many interviews and articles out there about Ms. Poderosa and her story. Here is a good recent interview. This post is about our discovery and love for some of the best dance music we have ever heard. It’s about time! On a final note, Spin magazine premiered the video for Seda in February. Feast your eyes upon it’s glory:

Seda Video

When Zuzuka Poderosa comes to Portland, we shall absolutely swoon with excitement! Many champagne cocktails rituals shall be initiated upon that great day.