The inaugural Ava Festival (Audio Visual Arts) in Belfast was already looking like a fine gathering of electronic music on Saturday May 30th with Bicep, Ejeca, Optimo, Phil Kieran, Space Dimension Controller and more lined up.
Today, they’ve just added Boiler Room for their first Irish filming/showcase, at the outdoor stage at t13 with Bicep, Space Dimension Controller, John Daly (live), Timmy Stewart and Schmutz.
Here’s video proof of why Death Grips’ Boiler Room SXSW show was one of my best of the festival. Their 32 minute set was delivered from the middle of a warehouse and it was a gut punching thrilling set which featured giant pills, MC Ride goading and inciting the audience in his rapid lunatic style, Zach Hill playing live over Skype (at least it looked/felt like it was live) and Flatlander running the show behind two big iMacs. And those big goggles? We’ve already seen the footage of that with the ‘Lock Your Hands’ video. April 29th in Whelan’s (now sold out) is going to be something else.
In a post on Hypebot I read yesterday, Robin Davey lamented the current state of the SXSW music industry festival:
And this was the problem with SXSW, everything was too preplanned, every secret show careful scripted and sponsored, and no publicity opportunity missed.
The Boiler Room performance was announced while many were in Austin for the festival a couple of days before and despite Boiler Room getting Ray Ban on board to make this Warehouse gig happen (it also featured Lunice, Skream, Baauer, Mount Kimbie and RL Grime), Death Grips’ set still felt punk as fuck in the face of all the above. That’s just how they roll.
Shlohmo’s LA Boiler Room mix is something else. Everything from Lil Keef’s ‘I Don’t Like’, R Kelly’s ‘Ignition’, Lunice, Jeremih’s ‘Late Nites’, ‘Pop Lock It & Drop It’, Ghost Town DJs ‘My Boo’ and Rihanna with the occasional true to his name chopped and screwed slowdown. Plenty of bombastic R&B and rap basically, the opposite of chilled like his own music.
The video (no sound but watch it along with the track) is a lot of fun too.
It’s not his first time and it won’t be his last but Lunice proves yet again, why, between TNGHT and his animated DJ sets, he’s one of the most sought after DJs around. This set followed up Danny Brown’s insane looking show on the same night. Download the mix via the Boiler Roompodcast.
In case you missed it when it aired, Solar Bears‘ Boiler Room set is now available in full. Featuring tracks from the duo’s forthcoming album Supermigration and their debut She Was Coloured In, the 47 minute set was all original Solar Bears material and shows how John and Rian have progressed their live show into a relentless dancefloor-orientated experience. Via.