IHEARTCOMIX fulfilled every club kid's dream this past Friday with their stacked lineup of futuristic dance music for Club IHC. Hosted at the Echoplex, we were invited to a bit of an artsy club show, with a different vibe than most of the happenings in Los Angeles. The energetic attitude resembled a nightclub whereas the attention and respect from the audience revealed a deeper side. People came here to enjoy the music they were familiar and unfamiliar with, an open attitude that comes from built trust between IHC and their fans.
LATE NIGHT LAGGERS
LNL brought the hype outside as they took over the smoking patio with their residents Aztlan Quetzal, kidbusiness, and Word54. This is the first time we've seen a setup out here but it made each break from the main room even better with a selection of underground bass music.
The night's indoor entertainment began with LA local VenessaMichaels getting the floor moving. Delivering her own brand of Jersey Club beats surely had the room bouncing from early on, but playing out trap bangers like Pusher's Basic kept the crowd warming up for the 808-heavy night ahead.
Madeaux was the only artist I had not heard of prior to this night but he ended up being one of my favorite acts. His set waved towards jersey and footwork with a blend of glitchy bass drops and future house minimalism. The variety between tempos and styles created something that felt personal and unique by the end of his performance. There was enough experimentalism to keep it weird and interesting but somehow each track felt club friendly and danceable.
This performance was the official release celebration for his New Wav EP that just dropped on Fool's Gold Records. We couldn't be more stoked to have witnessed this.
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The vibes were beginning to take form as more people filled the dance floor for the label mastermind behind Main Course. Astronomar followed with some of the filthiest house music we've seen in awhile. There was a ton of garage influence in his selection for the night but it was done with freaky analog sound design and a ton of 808 bass. His label has been one of my favorites as of recently and this performance easily strengthened my case that Main Course is the sound of the future. His collaboration with Wuki set the crowd off while other trap bangers erupted the dance floor in moshing. By the end of his performance the club was going full throttle.
Team Supreme and Athletixx all star, Promnite, stirred up the hip hop heads in the audience with his selection of halftime bass music and deep club bangers. At some point Falcons came aboard the decks to go back to back for a mini Athletixx set. The entire performance contained high energy music with the occasional future RnB track. It was the perfect way to open for the night's headliner.
Finally the time came for the UK based duo that has been terrorizing the worldwide trap scene. Stooki Sound appeared on stage with flooding strobe lights and booming sub frequencies. From the get go we knew this was going to be a wild show.
Their music nearly caused a riot throughout the crowd as they played through some of our favorite club jams mixing it up with lesser known UK hip hop tracks. Their mixing abilities were simple but it was more than enough to set the crowd off at every drop. They didn't need fancy mashups to pickup the energy. Something about their selection and tempo changes made it easily the best trap set I have seen all year, which is a lot considering how big of a fan I am to the genre.
We've gotta give it to our homies at IHC. They threw possibly one of the craziest club nights of the Summer. This is one of those lineups that you're gonna find a flyer for one day and drool over. Our high expectations were beyond filled this night and we are beyond thankful for their invite to this event.
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