The Phoenix Landing, Thursday night Drum n Bass, and Wine
by Twin Plates (formerly, The Subtle Doctor, formerly ZeroAltitude)
and pavel (formerly DJ 2crowd, formerly ChaoticRhythm)
a quality can wait production
12/06/2005 01:46:00 AM:
05.12.01 Edison-cos and beep iams @ Elements

I must follow Pavel's compliments with my own -- that was one wicked night. When I left my house for the long drive to Acton, I was working off of 4 hours of sleep and a really rough week of work. When Pavel suggested we bring a video cam, I could sense an adventurous night ahead of us.

So we drank a bottle of French Bordeaux in our traditional fashion (i.e. hiding in the car in a public parking lot). The wine was very mild and unobtrusive, which turns out to have been just what we needed, as we ended up in conversations that ranged from evolution to music. That is the sort of thing that helps you shrug off a week of insane hours behind a keyboard, and relax into a memorable night.

beep was keeping the energy high when we arrived. I was really looking forward to Don's set -- I had seen him a few months back at Solstice, where he was bringing down some very energetic and dancy tracks, and I have to admit, I was jonesing for more of the same. He most certainly did not disappoint. Mixing up the tracks between some straight up funky dnb and some familiar tunes, I got a chance to dance like crazy as well as capture some of the more choice moments on aforementioned video camera. I can't wait to see the results, which I'm sure you know will be posted right around here somewhere ASAP.

Huge massive props to Don and beep. And, Central Massachusetts REPRAZENT! ~e

12/05/2005 11:40:00 AM:
2005.12.01 Edison-cos and beep iams @ Elements

December 1st? What? How did this happen; didn't we just celebrate the New Year's??? I was really startled in the morning when I saw the date on my computer's clock. Now it's less than a month before 2006; it's practically here; maybe a bit early to review all of 2005 but it sure is tempting. I'll save it for later.

Luckily we had Elements to attend to help take my mind off the breathtaking pace of time. Eddie and I resurrected our pre-party wine tasting tradition since it lets us socialize a bit before entering the deafening craziness that is Elements. For this evening, we had on hand a French table wine, whose name escapes me at the moment. It was strikingly watery and easy to drink, which made for a fun conversation. Many topics were covered, two minor and one major discoveries were made, and an evolutionary theory proposed; look for write-ups in future posts.

The wine performed an admirable job of priming us for the night, and we bravely stepped into the darkness with course set squarely for the source of dark beats echoing between the buildings of Massachusetts Avenue. Entering Phoenix on the late side, we noticed that the first guest was already rinsing out the crowd. DJ beep iams was having a blast at the controls, and the peeps partook in his enthusiasm. He threw down a few of them mad beats and several of them crazy bass lines. The sound system was begging for a breather but no one gave a damn.

Edison-cos took over a bit before 1am; he had quite a job on his hands, keeping up the madness started by the guest numero uno. The first tune he dropped was a slow 2-steppy one. The crowd loved it; some slow tunes just pack a mad punch. From there, it was a varying set of slow and fast tracks; mad and calm; faves and obscures. The mixing was top notch, and at no time during the mix did I feel bored or even tired, despite feeling that way prior to coming into Elements.

A good DJ will make me forget my daily worries and will force me to be in the moment enjoying the thing that I love a.k.a. D'n'B. The two guests tonight did a perfect job; these are two local DJs I would come see again.

Props to Lenore for putting together another rocking night.

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