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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Last Night: Hudson Mohawke, Mickey Factz, J-Billion & DJ Dials at 330 Ritch

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Hudson Mohawke - JESSE ROBECK
  • Jesse Robeck
  • Hudson Mohawke

Hudson Mohawke, Mickey Factz, J-Billion & DJ Dials
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
330 Ritch

Better than: Anything else happening on a Wednesday night.

Last night, the longstanding 330 Ritch club and tastemaking promotions crew HellYeah Industries pulled together a night of weird beat music and hungry MCs based around one man from Glasgow, Hudson Mohawke. The act is the work of Ross Brichard, who was lauded as a scene leader even before Butter, the young producer's debut album of wonky soul tunes and fractured hip-hop beats, was released last year on the massive Warp label. It was exciting to have the chance to see the talented beatsmith and World DJ Championship finalist in a relatively intimate venue.

The night got off to a slow start, though. As ticket-holders slowly made their way in the door--while the rain waxed and waned outside--DJ Dials dropped appropriate bass-heavy jams from the likes of Nosaj Thing and Lazer Sword. After 10 p.m., the room was still filling slowly and people mingled with drinks in hand, seeming unexcited or unimpressed by the DJ.

Mickey Factz - JESSE ROBECK
  • Jesse Robeck
  • Mickey Factz

​Not much changed in the club when opener J-Billion came on stage. Along with a couple friends sharing mic duties, the MC tore through his set with tenacity and disregard for the lackadaisical audience. The sweat on Billion's brow was possibly the only perspiration in the room at the time. The same proved to be true for the second act, New York's Mickey Factz. While his recognizable beats (which included loops copped from electro bangers by Justice and Sebastian) drew a little more enthusiasm from the crowd, the overall lack of participation with Factz's call-and-response routines proved everyone had arrived at 330 Ritch for only one reason. And that reason was up next.

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