DJ Intel, Daedelus, Ghislain Poirier & MC Zulu, Rene Romero | Funky Buddha Lounge | Dance | Chicago Reader

DJ Intel, Daedelus, Ghislain Poirier & MC Zulu, Rene Romero Recommended Soundboard Critics' Picks

When: Thu., June 11, 9 p.m. 2009

Not to belittle the people who make lazer bass, but the reason I like it is because it sounds like all they do is pile every good kind of ass-shaking music on top of every other good kind of ass-shaking music. It’s largely a product of Montreal’s rowdy and excellent party scene, where the crowds go equally nuts for pretty much anything DJs throw their way—crunk, hip-hop, dancehall, soca—a state of affairs that seems to have inspired DJ-producers like Ghislain Poirier to try to play them all at once. New Yorker pop critic Sasha Frere-Jones coined the term “lazer bass” specifically in response to the 2007 remix of Poirier’s “No More Blood” by fellow Montrealers Megasoid, and it’s still the form’s high point: druggy-slow 808 thumps, a backbeat like somebody slapping a street sign with a chain, dive-bombing analog bass synths, noises like a dozen Nintendos having simultaneous breakdowns, and an antiviolence rap by Face-T that at Poirier’s gigs has reportedly provoked whatever the happy version of a riot is. He’s joined here by MC Zulu. DJ Intel headlines; Daedelus, Poirier, and Rene Romero open. —Miles Raymer

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