Saturday night in the city of Los Angeles was met with a great amount of excitement for a house-head like me. While the techno-snobs were off getting freaky at Drumcode‘s Factory 93 takeover, others such as myself planned on spending our evening with arguably the greatest dance label to sprout out in the last few years.
German-based This Ain’t Bristol is founded on the wonky rhythms created by mastermind overseers Billy Kenny and Maximono, and has become a staple to some of the greatest house tracks of recent years with classics coming from Marc Spence, Kyle Watson, Josh Brown, and many more. With the Dirtybird Quarterly parties dominating San Fransisco’s scene, its almost as if Los Angeles craved a similar experience that was smaller than the parties at Exchange LA or other top-tier nightclubs. What we got out of Bristol’s takeover at Union was exactly what someone like me could have hoped for: great talent, big surprises, and an intimate setting that put the theme of the label at the forefront for all to enjoy.
Within the confines of Union Nightclub we found two rooms of music, The Tavern and the Noise Room, both with stacked lineups to fill up our night as well as party decor that matched the label’s colorful art. Fritz Carlton performed both as himself as well as his alter-ego Houseboy, with a new EP out on Justin Jay‘s Fantastic Voyage imprint this was the perfect way to premiere a bunch of his funky music.
The Main Course label-founder as well as This Ain’t Bristol veteran Bot threw down a set of hypnotic tech-bangers in the main room as the crowd began to thicken throughout the floor. New York Transit Authority also brought a great amount of energy to the mainroom closing his set with an epic progressive house track from Eric Prydz.
Finally one of the main artists we came to catch, Noise Frenzy, began his set of absolute dance floor destroyers with a solid amount of gritty house jams as well as his signature slap on throwback dance tracks. At this point the radius of sweat gathering under my armpits reached a total of 5 inches in diameter.
Finally Billy Kenny stepped up to the plate with a savage selection of bumpin’ beats that was exactly what everyone had been anticipating throughout the night. It was only a few songs into his set that he threw in Will Clarke‘s edit of Dead Prez’s ‘Hip Hop’ only to cut it with a heavy dubstep edit which soon came back into the Dirtybird party-anthem. Sly tricks like this is what threw the party into a deeper funk that continued to escalade throughout his set.
Looking around there were flamingo-inflatables hanging from the ceiling with other various pool toys getting tossed around the crowd. Nearly everyone packed into that room for Billy’s set and they were dancing like crazy to the sounds and influences that made Bristol a unique label.
Finally the night ended with a DnB performance from Billy Kenny in the side room as well as a closing set in the main room by Dirtybird legends Walker & Royce. Overall we couldn’t deny that this was one of the best nights that Los Angeles has had in awhile and we could only imagine what would be next for This Ain’t Bristol in LA.