REVIEW: Basic NYC Presents CLR’s Monoloc 9.15
When I first got wind of this event, my jaw had no reaction but to drop down to the floor. Although H-Production’s owner, Cari Lekebusch, was unable to show up – CLR’s Monoloc showed the packed loft no mercy as he graced us with a 4 hour set. The sound system was beyond expectations as you could feel the bass travel through your whole body as you entered the venue. The calm before the storm of Basic’s Septechno stirred into a tornado that showed no intentions of stopping – leading us right into Techtober!
Prior to the dark techno madness, the owners of Basic, Sleepy & Boo, got the crowd grooving right away. They awarded us with a smooth opening set consisting of great versatility keeping us all on edge for what was to come next. The party begun around 130am, the duo continuously eased us into the upcoming festivities until 3am. Per usual, these NYC residents interpreted the crowd flawlessly, making it so easy for other DJs on the bill to coincide with their style.
Around 330am Monoloc eased his way onto the deck starting off with the signature dark techno CLR sound. The bass was so intense that the floor of the Loft was legitimately shaking as if Monoloc was preparing us for the musical volcano he was going to ignite and blow up! Two hours later of never ending hardcore bass lines, the crowd began to realize that Monoloc had just been warming up and everything prior was just “amateur hour”. It was one of those night where you could see the crowd pause their dance moves, as they eagerly away for the relentless drop that was about to surface. At that exact moment, Monoloc threw his hands in the air as the ominous track by Max Cooper’s “Raw” eased its way in.
By hour three, Monoloc showed absolutely no intentions of stopping and neither did his audience. Time had never gone so fast – next thing i knew, the day light had been slowly peaking its way through the Loft windows, I took a look at my watch and it was 6:30am. Monoloc had taken us through a bass driven roller coaster and began to let out his funkier side as he threw down Inner City’s “Future” (Kenny Larkinson’s Tension Remix) giving us some of that detroit techno into the wee hours of the morning. The dark grooves continued on as he began to add uplifting vocals that were pristine for the time it had been – and just like that the techno star ended his set with “Hallelujah Anyway” which included the roaring and beautiful voice of Candi Staton!
Don’t forget to check out more of Basic’s events coming up here, including BegoÃ±a’s birthday party this weekend with Alan Fitzpatrick!