by Kate Magoc
The BBT gets packed to the point of inevitable "dancing on someone else"-type crowding maybe a handful of times a year. This week's FUZZ! drum-and-bass night was one of those nights. The normally lax dance floor that often has at least an arm's-width distance between dancers was packed shoulder-to-shoulder with a crowd of bass lovers, plus a few who may have stumbled in for peirogies and just didn't leave.
UK drum-and-bass producer Total Science worked the decks with a set that was at times brash, dark and maniacally throbbing, and at others mellowed-out, spacey and gorgeously string-drenched. Normally a producing duo, Total Science was represented on Wednesday by only Paul Smith, aka Spinback. Smith delivered a set true to Total Science's penchant for detailed complexity of tracks that make artful use of breaks which leave open space for gloomy saturnine crevices, the sonic gems amidst an otherwise frenzied salvo of early '00s rave sounds. Highlight of the set might have been the remix of Zero 7's "In the Waiting Line" because a) that song is beautiful, and b) it was remixed with a fuller low end and Total Science's penchant for extra dark and extra moody, so it was awesome.
For back-to-back dancing pleasure, San Francisco native Mochipet graced the booth at the Brillobox on Thursday night for Lazercrunk, the kickoff club night of the month hosted by residents Cutups and Keeb$. Mochipet (David Wang) is known for wearing a purple dinosaur suit during his sets, a sort of anti-Barney. (Instead of sing-a-longs, rave-a-longs, perhaps?) His set was a creative non-stop drive of funky, bass-y robot rock homage that fit perfectly between the space-age gangster grime that Keeb$ tends toward, and the difficult to pin down range of Cutups who dished everything from hip-hop samples to an ending set of aggressive breakcore. Mochipet went a little poppier than I anticipated when he dropped "Bad Romance" and Drake's "Forever," but I suppose anything's excusable when you wear a purple dinosaur suit ... rawr.