The air was electric when I entered Wrongbar for this week’s edition of Bassmentality. I could feel the energy in the venue as it gradually filled with enthusiastic party goers. I saw a lot of new faces at the event to experience something new and exciting, and that was exactly what they were in store for.
Grimeskee, a Bassmentality resident, provided the soundtrack to my entrance. I could tell this night was going to be bigger than other nights because of the visuals projected behind the turntables. I smiled at Grimeskee’s choice of wearing a Zeds Dead t-shirt, an indirect shout-out to the founders of the event. He started out the night with a very noisy, industrial bass style. It wasn’t a genre you typically rage hard to, but that’s exactly what we needed. The entire room’s dancing energy needed to be saved for what was to come. After warming us up, he transitioned into a sequence of trap songs, which got the room moving. The hip-hop inspired beats began to morph into a harder style, and turned completely into electro and dubstep tracks. The MC next to the stage was rapping quickly and skillfully to the beat. And to top off the hip-hop vibe, one of the ravers was break dancing on the spacious dance floor. It was fun to see someone take advantage of the empty space while it lasted. After dropping I Still Can’t Stop by Flux Pavilion, he mixed in trap remixes of Sweet Shop by Doctor P and Sweet Nothing by Calvin Harris.
Everyone was pumped when Caspa took the stage. At this point, the dance floor was full of bass-hungry youth. From the first song, Caspa spun pure UK dubstep and bass. It was so refreshing to hear his deep, wobble-filled style of dubstep vibrate throughout the room. He integrated many other bass styles as well, such as OneTwoThree by Flux Pavilion and the Flosstradamus remix of Original Don by Major Lazer. Expectedly, the audience sang along when he spun the popular Noisia remix of Raise Your Weapon by Deadmau5. Going along with the popular bass tracks, Caspa mixed in both Skrillex’s Make it Bun Dem and remix of In For the Kill by La Roux. He then made the crowd move even faster to some drum and bass, eventually blending into Trolley Snatcha’s Make My Whole World, a heavy track that is guaranteed to keep me dancing. The crowd was packed with bouncing bass-loving party goers, and that entire crowd went insane when Caspa gave a shout out to his good friend Rusko by dropping his beautiful tracks Cockney Thug and Jahova. I was extremely excited to hear these tracks on the booming sound system. Caspa finished off his set with a variety of dubstep remixes of songs like Falling Down by Sub Focus, Smack My Bitch Up by Prodigy, and Must Be the Feeling by Nero. His set was exactly what Bassmentality needed, pure bass mixed with a modern twist.
Bassmentality resident Hydee finished off the evening with his closing set. The true bass heads remained on the dance floor and Hydee gave them a whole lot of drum and bass to go hard to with a touch of dubstep. He dropped a drum & bass remix of Dirty by Dirtyphonics with Experts by SKisM following shortly after. We can always count on this DJ to drop dubstep tracks that we all know and love. After raging hard to Dodge & Fuski’s remix of Rave Review by SKisM and the popular Centipede by Knife Party, it was time to head home and leave these dedicated dancers to the rest of Hydee’s bass heavy mix.
Alix Nikulka – EDM TOR