Mr. Bugsly Brings Us What We Want
With the New Years Eve runs behind us it’s easy to see who made live music in NYC happen. In a city like this it’s hard to get noticed sometimes as a musician. If bringing New York acts like The Disco Biscuits, Infected Mushroom, Tipper, ABAKUS, Orchard Lounge and Mord Fustang wasn’t enough, Mr. Bugsly Presents brought us Horizon Wireless, Particle and Fikus, just to name a few more from the past few weeks. Live music was alive and well in this, the last month of 2011 and from what we have seen, MBP really knows how to throw a party.
Mr. Bugsly gave us access to one of their sold out shows to document how their events go down. The Disco Biscuits official after party at B.B. King’s on December 27th was packed to say the least. I arrived right after the DB show at Best Buy Theater just down the street. The line up that night was pretty stellar: Tipper, Orchard Lounge, Alpha Data and contest winner Ian Stewart. Orchard Lounge I have seen many times, and admittedly I was most excited to see them spin. When I Arrived, Alpha Data was just getting off stage. I was kinda bummed about that, since I had really wanted to see him play after one of my writers did an interview with him. But you can’t win ’em all.
Between each of the artists, Ian Stewart, the winner of a MBP contest, played a few tracks. I enjoyed most everything that he played. Some of his tracks were Psy Dub, but he touched on house music and even threw in a bit of wobble here and there.
Dave Tipper went on next and played a pretty solid set. Tipper always seems to play music that appeals to me, and I was thankful I was backstage so I was able to enjoy his set from the serenity of backstage instead of the crazy rage fest that was going on on the dance floor. During Tipper’s set I took the chance to talk with Ian Stewart about his up-and-coming artist status. Little did I know he had played the Big Up this year and has been playing shows in the northeast for the past few years. It’s great to meet an artist who is enthusiastic about playing for a crowd, not because he thinks it will make him famous, but more for his love of music.
Stewart went back on stage after Tipper was done and tore it up with some of that wobble I mentioned. A light touch of wobble mixed in with his more signature psy-dub house style made me realize how attuned to the crowd he really was as a DJ.
Orchard Lounge graced the stage next. This trio, aside from being master spinsters, could not be a nicer group of people. Friendly and courteous, they made me feel like I was talking to old friends instead of well-known musicians about to go on stage. Every time I see them, they never disappoint, spinning a well-rounded mix of electronic styles that seem to flow seamlessly from one track to the next. From raging to smooth and chill, what OL spins is always danceable and always a great time.
In the end, the show was fantastic. A bit crowded, yes, but that’s to be expected from a sold-out extravaganza like that. MBP really has brought the heat in the past year in terms of bringing NYC some of the freshest music around.