In todays day world of USB stick playlists and lip syncing, it’s getting hard to tell what really is ‘live’ music? This goes doubly for electronic shows, where some of the most popular ‘acts’ consistently pump out pre-baked shows for extortionate price tags. Luckily we still have acts like Four Tet, currating ridiculous line-ups for honest prices while also pioneering a truly live electronic experience – a unique journey through the sound and vision of Kieran’s music.
Four Tet’s show last night at the Institute of Contemporary arts was a prime example of this, a simply beautiful electronic a/v show like nothing I’ve seen before; A perfect matrix of lights dancing to the sounds of his latest piece Morning/Evening sprinkled with classic tunes along the way.
This was my first chance to go to a Boiler Room, and what better then to see one of my all time favourite producers and DJ’s, Kieran Hebden aka Four tet. For those who are not familiar, the Boiler Room put on intimate, invite-only underground music shows which are live-streamed worldwide, They usually take place in London, New York and Berlin amongst other cities.
For this event they chose one of my favourite spaces at the moment, Corsica Studios, packing out the small room to give you an authentic boiler room vibe.
Boiler Room’s are often criticised on YouTube for attracting a ‘Too cool” crowd, who barely manage a shuffled dance whilst being in the presence of some next-level act’s. This was definitely not the case at Four Tet’s; the whole gang were having it the whole time, start to finish, the energy was unreal!
Thai jazz specialist, Chris Menist warmed up the early arrivers (I was too late and missed his set 🙁 ) DJ Barely Legal and DJ Champion got things pumped with some garage, funk and dub heavy hitters.
I was blessed to have visited that truly super black hole of sound, and it was hands down the best vibes I’ve ever felt at a club. Completely pitch black bar the DJ lights, a set of vinyl decks and glorious sound system, it was such a genuine setup; truly allowing the selectors space to shine with all manner of songs sounding excellent. All is not lost however as the owners are quoted saying “We will not be opening our doors in 2015” hinting at the possibility of a new venue and potential re-opening next year?
To sooth your pain , Floating points and Four tet who played the last dance were nice enough to record the whole set and host it online. Here them tango two tracks each B2B all night, it is something very special indeed…