urbansteve and I (MissRuckus) ventured out to Montreal for the MUTEK festival again this year (although this year, they were called EM15 since they teamed up with digital arts festival, Elektra, as both were celebrating their 15th year), along with our dancing friend, Genevieve. This was my 5th MUTEK, urbansteve’s 223420th MUTEK, Gen’s 1st… and the Hot Sauce crew have been covering the festival since 2010 (check here for our coverage of previous years). We (okay, mostly MissRuckus) also did a whole lot of Tweeting and Instagramming this year. If you missed our in-the-moment updates, you can still see our Instagram photos here and our Tweets here. Unfortunately, I managed to somehow forget my camera but lucky for us, Gen had hers. Check this space in the next few days for a full festival review by urbansteve!
In the meantime, here is some music by our highlight acts this year…
Since urbansteve is a big fan of Richie Hawtin, he stuck around Metropolis 1 to catch the techno god’s set, while I decided to make the trek to Nocturne 2 to catch Ben Frost who ended up completely blowing me away. He had two live drummers and performed his newly released album, A U R O R A (I need this album on vinyl immediately.. out elsewhere but not yet distributed in North America!). One of the best live shows I have seen in a long time, even beyond MUTEK! It felt like we were all witness to something very special in that space.
Shackleton wowed urbansteve and I during Nocturne 1, and it was quite the experience to be dancing in front of the stage (and the large bass bins) as the heavy bass surged through our bodies in the most blissful of ways. Bass is seriously meant to be felt, people! Trust.
urbansteve’s other top picks of MUTEK:
(Lately, I really appreciate when DJs take risks by not doing the standard beatmatch-the-entire-way-through kind of 4/4 sets. He threw a couple of curve balls to the party people at Metropolis 2 which I thought kept things interesting even if it meant interrupting your dancing (including stops, suddenly changing the tempo and mood, etc.). It was late, and I was tired and hangry (yes, hangry), so I left to go back to the hotel in the middle of his set.. but urbansteve can tell you more about it in his upcoming review!)
Gen’s top picks of MUTEK:
(I’m not a drum & bass head like Gen, but I really enjoyed dancing to his set during Nocturne 4, and I have to say that d’n'bers/junglists are some of the hardest dancers around.. good vibe inna da place! The bass probably reached bone rattling level)
(I rushed over from Nocturne 4 after catching some of Fluxion‘s dub techno so I wouldn’t miss all of Knowing Looks’ set. Our hometown boy had the crowd bumpin’ in the intimate Savoy Room during Metropolis 3)