Considering how strong a groove and dreamy an atmosphere one encounters in almost every top CARLO LIO track, it was disappointing to this writer how non-dramatic his 105-minute set at Bijou Nightclub played out this past Friday night.
Taken in individual pieces, Lio's work dominates. No house music producer creates tracks more classic as funk, blues, or psychedelics.
Making his first major visit to the Boston area in many years, DANNY TENAGLIA dropped a master set at Bijou on Hallowe'en night. The set lasted more than two hours, and not a minute sounded weak or suspect. Any doubts that fans may have had about Tenaglia's chops, given the absence of new track productions since 2007's "Dibiza," not to mention last year's announcement that he was retiring -- which proceed not to be the case -- were kicked aside by the power and ingenuity of his Bijou set.
As a solo artist, SHARAM TAYEBI has had less success than former Deep Dish partner Dubfire at embracing a sound to call his own. His top-ten downloads at Beatport -- not to mention his prior solo work -- swing between genres of dance music that do not relate easily. There's "progressive" -- which was Deep Dish's hallmark during their decade of glory, 1995 to 2004 -- and there's techno, progressive's polar opposite; and there's some "elektro," a touch of "tribal," and some girly dance-pop.
CRAIG MITCHELL, perhaps the Boston area's most soulful house music DJ, proved again at RISE on Saturday night that he well merits his reputation as the best in show. In a more than four-hour set he played both sides of his art, edgy evocations of mix equipment music and classic, 1990s house music send-ups.