Night 22 of Red Bull’s 30 Days in LA series was a Canadian fête of sorts. The Echoplex, with its low ceilings, eerily dim lighting, and elongated dance floor, served as the perfect setting to celebrate and party along to scheduled performances by Red Bull Sound Select artists RUMTUM and Tre Mission; as well as headliner, Kaytranada. Concertgoers that arrived earlier were treated to complimentary Kaytranada lighters and the eclectic, experimental electronic jams of producer RUMTUM. RUMTUM, the only performer on the bill that did not hail from Canada, arrived on stage with his laptop, a drum machine, and a few other digital goodies. He played the crowd energetic live renditions of his self-produced tracks and set the mood for the evening.
Ontario-based, MC/Producer, Tre Mission, tore the stage down next with thumping grime beats and a rapid-fire flow. It’s rare to find non-UK based acts that make authentic grime music, but Mission managed to make the Echoplex feel like an underground club in London. It’s difficult to question the talent level and authenticity of someone with cosigns from grime heavyweights like Wiley and Skepta though. Mission ended with the self-produced banger “Hit a Lick.”
At this point, the first surprise guest of the night came out to kill a few tracks. Louie P, half of The Celestics and brother of Kaytranada (the other half of the Celestics), hopped on stage to perform a handful of tracks. He brought up-and-coming, LA-based Rapper/Producer, Marvel Alexander, onstage to perform “I Ain’t Gotta Lie” from Alexander’s full length project Don’t Die Yet.
Without hesitation, Kaytranada took to the stage and brought the crowd to the next level. He opened up his set with tracks that were reminiscent of the sounds that would blare from the speakers at the now-closed LA institution, World on Wheels roller rink, in the 80s. Once the beat dropped for “Kaleidoscope Love,’ all that were holding the wall ran to the middle of the dance floor and jammed out. He kept them on the dance floor with his remixes of tracks by Janet Jackson, Jill Scott, Drake, Teedra Moses and many others. At the peak of the set, he mellowed out the mix and had Syd tha Kyd from The Internet join him to perform “Girl.” Kaytranada kept the crowd grooving until the very end. It was the perfect way to celebrate the ending of the weekend.
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