One of the most anticipated event series of the year came to a close this past weekend, and the Euphoradio Family was proudly in attendance. Lead by Hunter Siegel & Embrace, November 14th marked the end of a newborn movement in Toronto, leaving so much potential for 2016.
Mikey Palermo opened The Hoxton for the evening, and he made the bass shake the entire venue all the way to the sidewalk. I caught the end of his set, and his grooving house beats were perfect as people poured into the space eagerly waiting for the headliners. It was great to support our own Toronto Local and Euphoradio guest mixer during an unforgettable night.
Holloh was next up to bat and they rocked the stage with the UK house and it got pretty grime-y at times. They carry an industrial sound that catered to the audience beautifully without oversaturating the bass house sound that is always the theme of No Neon. Toronto should be proud of their locals!
Hunter Siegel killed it as always; I’ve seen him so many times but after a small break I noticed how much he changes it up when playing live sets. He played a lot of up and coming tracks, as well as the old favourites like “Kush Groove” by Wax Motif, and his remix of Dirtyphonics & Zeds Dead’s track “Where are You Now.” He also had Delaney Jane join him on the stage for when he dropped “Still Waiting” as well as his new collaboration with Autoerotique which is still awaiting official release.
Ghastly stole the show, playing some of the heaviest bass house music I’ve heard yet. He dropped original track “Bitch U Ghastly” along with “FUK UR MGMT” by Kill the Noise, which was very appropriate since his Occult Classic tour just came through The Hoxton last month. He also dropped his unreleased remix of Griz’s funky track “Stop Trippin’” which was the perfect blend of jazz and grime. There’s a sneak peak of the remix on Griz’s Facebook. Ghastly was extremely energetic, bouncing around to every song, and carefully selecting his tracks. He was also very humble, taking the time to take pictures with fans, have deep conversations after the show, and giving out hugs too. This guy is in it for all the right reasons.
Dr. Fresch began his set around 2am and it was awesome. He played his remix of “Push” originally by Far East Movement, Kronic & Savage. And of course the original tracks “Another Level” and “Superfreak”. All these songs have Fresch’s signature dark and slow wubs that fit the bass house sound so perfectly. He also dropped the Astronomer Remix of “Go Deep”, and teased us with Fresch’s new collaborative track with Jackal titled “Netflix & Kill”. It was so heavy my ears are STILL ringing from the weekend.
The show itself was one of the craziest I’ve been to in awhile. Despite some ratchetness in the crowd, No Neon brings the best vibes and the hardest of partiers. The lineup could not have been any more perfect to cap off the year of local & international talent. I’ve been to almost all of the No Neon events from the start, and it’s very humbling to watch the series grow over the year of 2015. Only good things can come from Hunter & Embrace in the New Year.
Serafina Thoma – Euphoradio