Temple of Boom: An Eclectic Mix of Some of Electronic Music’s Finest
All conveniently located in the grungy warehouse known as Club Paradox, or “the Dox.” B.A.D.A.S.S. curated a killer lineup for this one, a follow-up to the first ToB almost one year to the date earlier. Styles ranged from the Dirty Bird brand of deep house (CWrok) and the Main Course techlectro takeover (Astronomar and Neoteric) to the Queen Bitch of Hard Style herself, Lady Faith, and the goddess of dubstep, drum ‘n everything bass—Reid (mutha fuckin’) Speed. Oh, but there’s more. Mantis (DJ set) and Rekoil (who did a sweet b2b with his boy, Algo!) brought the hardest sets I’ve heard in a while—leaving everyone lost in the dark trenches of their musical swamp.
Let’s talk for a second about those stages. It all went down at the Mayan Temple, which showcased the hardest sounds in our scene. If you were already into riddim or you jumped on the swamp/trench boat, then this was the place to be. Hard, filthy, mind-melting sub-bass emanating from the dark, bone-laden altar captivated the audience, leaving them in a state of permanent bass face. Mantis opened with a pure metal track, launching the crowd into a mosh pit not one minute after his set had started. Reid Speed displayed incredible skill behind the decks, as always, playing everything from dnb, any and all forms of dubstep and of course, some garage. Breath-taking, easily my favorite set in a while (sorry guys, the rest of you were incredible!) I met her after her set, and she was so sweet—everyone go check out here Play Me EP! (like now.) Had it not been for Reid’s incredible skill set, and her nearly two decades of experience and musical knowledge, I would say that Rekoil stole the show.
We’re talking about Baltimore’s own son, who’s been killing it here for years, meanwhile becoming a household name and making multiple festival stops this year. This guy, besides being incredibly friendly and so humble, is a very skilled performer in his own right—reading the crowd and playing louder than anyone I’ve heard since 12th Planet, the Swamp Lord himself. That phone screen-shaking bass, that absolute grime. Just when you thought he was building you up, he’d send you crashing down with one more epic tune. So many throwbacks here, and a big nod to BAR9—anyone who’d peeped their incredible Bass Monsters Mix last fall would have recognized these sounds. Oh, and that 45 minute encore? Absolute madness, mayhem and loads of unreleased tunes—get on this guy right now, he’s primed to have an incredible year. He’s providing support for Mantis alongside Troll Phace on their upcoming Electronic Death March Tour.
We had an incredible time with all you freaks, and we cannot wait for Legacy DC!