[sic] Rizumu Takeover 

Oh my little heart! I finally made it out to a [sic] event last night, and what a better first party to attend than a Rizumu takeover? The weather may not have been beautiful, but the love energy was just a further testament to the magnitude of Philly’s beautiful techno community.

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[sic] Rizumu Takeover

[sic] is a relatively new collective that was started by some very lovely and experienced party fellows. Though not quite a year old, it is quickly gaining momentum as a crucial party. Personally, I feel like the party crews that have a no frills and practical approach to the sound quality and integrity of the music usually draw in more diverse, music focused crowds. This event was a perfect example of the ideal for the underground. Admittedly, I was a bit thrown off by the location as Old City sometimes makes me wary with the types of people it draws, such as people who disrespect personal space and such. However, it was evident early on that I had nothing to feel cautious about. The vibe was one of safety and pure love of music and dancing.

As for the music. oh my goodness wow. Jacob Herschel never fails with playing the [sic]est (see what I did there?) grooves. His set seamlessly transcended from balearic funk to that always loved deep house* and beyond.

It was amazing getting to finally see Elvin T live. I was first exposed to his DJ style during WKDU’S Electronic Music Marathon last year (speaking of, it’s that time again to register if you want in). He and Jacob worked so well together,  and Elvin had a great DJ flow. It was impossible not to dance.

Overall, [sic] is fastly becoming a heavy hitter in the Philly techno circuit. The vibe and the people it attracts is safe, inclusive, and proper for music. I am so looking forward to the next event.

*I know we all say we love minimal house, and I’m sure we do, but can we admit deep house definitely reigns king?

Next Up:  Spooky October Itinerary

 

 

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The Shakedown: Residents

The Shakedown is a monthly event held by Worship Recordings, a label dedicated to that beautiful deep house, techno, etc. It’s an event held at The Barbary that takes up both floors. It’s very special.

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As much of a gothic as I am these days, techno and all of its relatives was my first love. While some may say the goth scene is dying, that doesn’t seem to be the case with Philly techno and house events. The thing of it is, The Shakedown, and lots of other events like Rizumu, Left Rite events, etc. are more than just a fun club thing. These crews bring the element of dedicated techno heads, who know the music and the history of this kind of music. This also resonates with the type of crowd that comes in. I admittedly was a bit nervous going to The Barbary because their have been times where the crowd that comes in has ranged from gross to scary. The Shakedown attendees were respectful of each other and came to just dance.

Willyum started the night off with deep house. It felt like a nice nod to the Deep House night that used to be held at The Barbary and I feel so old because I don’t even remember the name of that event. Next up was Rob Paine. It was really a pleasure getting to meet him and chat with him for a moment. His set was refreshing, and it was nearly impossible NOT to dance. I didn’t catch too much of Chris B’s set, but the portion I heard was dope. I had never heard of Big Jawn before this night but wow his set was extremely proper. He is definitely one of my favorite resident Shakedown DJ’s now.

As our world seemingly becomes more harrowing each day, it is extremely important that we have safe spaces of music, entertainment, and love. Places where anyone can come in dance. I don’t believe it’s ever the location that makes the difference of whether a place is safe, but the type of vibe that party crews create. The Shakedown has the right vibe.

Next Up: [sic] Rizumu Takeover