Fools Gold Records was in full effect Monday night as A-Trak, Kid Sister and Gaslamp Killer took over Mezzanine.
I avoided the electro-loving crowd on the balcony as the long-haired Gaslamp Killer established himself as “someone I need to listen to.” His set was full of that gritty bass that the speakers at the Mezz are built for. As soon as he started playing “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” while drumming on his iPad , I knew this was a whole different level of DJing.
For the next hour and a half of his set, Gaslamp murdered the club with boogie-shaking house and some bass-heavy dub step. His most signature moments, however, were flipping classic hip hop beats and stripping them down to some of their key notes. It plays out well whenever you can play a electro funk version of Easy E without stripping away his essence. Kid Sister was up next, and the audience freaked out to the Rusko mixed “Pro Nails.”
Sometime around midnight, everything stopped and the man with the signature fedora got on the 1s and 2s. It didn’t take long for him to warm up the crowd with a little Duck Sauce dropped within the first 10 minutes of his set. Over the next 20 minutes of hip hop/scratching/house/funk/electro, A-Trak demonstrates more than just an ear for music, but rather a pure understanding of technical DJing amassed from countless hours working on his craft.
Other highlight tracks included “The Big Bad Wolf” and an amazing mash up of Wiz Khalifa’s “Black & Yellow” vs Bassnector’s “Basshead.” About 45 minutes into the set, a lovely melodic intro led into the hard-hitting drop “Barbra Streisand.”
I swear they let A-Trak play until he ran out of tracks. That’s good news for any party-goer.