Saturday, 9 April 2011

Rumpus Spring Ball Review and return of the Badical

LO Peachi ere:

So last night saw me and my dodgy Peachi-bum-knee doing some carefree, yet careful mainly-one-leg-dancing, at the amazing Rumpus Spring Ball (8th April 2011). Very much in the spirit of the Burning Man Decompression parties and run by Nowhere regulars (headed by the lovely and generous Santi I believe), there was a ram jammed venue with about 6 rooms featuring different artists and acts and visuals. You can see for yourself in the flyer below, or on the website here or directly here. Particular favourites were the kazoo-a-longs in the main area (A-team, final countdown? very funny and surreal) and the circus acts in the main room (oooh and the pole dancing was OK I suuuuuppose - if you like that sort of thing - and frankly who doesn't? ;)

Since electro-swing doesn't really float my boat (just the electro please, you can keep the swing where it belongs - in the 50's ta), I spent most of the night in the Ubertown room featuring the jungle-is-massive theme and the famous ball pen. Although the acoustics were pretty bad at the back of the room, which was unfortunately at times the only place there was room to dance (successful night I guess), once you could get to within about 10feet of the main speakers things got better. Josh played his usual hard hitting dub step and had the floor rocking (MM review here).

The Badical caught out in the glowing rain?

But the highlight for me was listening to the Badicals play live again.... this time in a slightly less psychadelic receptive state of mind than last time I heard them at Nowhere (reviewed here) I was interested to see if I could still get into their pretty hard mashed up and twisted sound. And I could for most of the set, although at times I felt they went beyond what I could tune in to with too much sharp and punchy kick drum and not enough deeper-warmer melodic bass - which makes it sounds very hard a technoey to me, but I appreciated it all the more for sometimes being more challenging than I could handle - which was only about 20% of the time. Which I think is about right if you are exploring the boundary limits of your musical taste.

Operating in another arena with better looking props

And the stuff they play is just soooo original and different beat-wise and break-down wise, it's a really refreshing pleasure to hear it. Let alone the great energy they give off in their exagerated-knob-twisting (music geeks equivalent of a guitar crotch thrust I guess), violent head knodding, great face pulling and fist pumping moves - that is when they weren't 'interacting' with the decor!! Very powerful set all round and nice to see the boys hanging out a dancing it up for the rest of the night too - thanks guys, stay bad and radical - i.e. badical - innit ;)

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Enjoy ;)

Autechre - Vletrmx (Plaid mix)
Falty DL - Human Meadow (Luke Vibert mix)
The Badical - Don Bismarck
Egyptrixx - Battle for North America
Debruit - Congo Whoomp
Scott Garcia - A London Thing (London Edit)
The Very Best - Wena
Tom Staar - Cannon
Hijack - Posessed
The Badical - Tanuki
B Rich - Killin it
L-Vis 1990 - Reprise
The Badical - Terror Unit
EDMX - 2K3
Skillioso - Serenade
Octa Push - Ai Nadia
Musical Mod - Pulse X
Mexican Institute of Sound - Cumbia (Deathface Remix)
Hudson Mohawke - Twistclip Loop
Gucci Mane - My Shadow (Salem Remix)


  1. Nice review of a great night, it was the first rumpus we'd been to and hopefully not the last! Thanks for the kind words as always!

    BAD x

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