DJ Ryan Vasta got to check out one of the last WMC parties...you know you want to click ahead
With WMC winding down, there was one last chance to get funky. Gramatik, along with his label-mates at Lowtemp Records and a few friends from Pretty Lights Music, came together for Après at Mekka.
Paul Basic was holding it down early, playing heavy, groovy beats. His set drew heavily from his latest album, “Transient Horizons,” including “Black Spring” and “Reach Higher,” the latter of which was co-produced with PLM-head Pretty Lights. Paul’s set was hard-hitting and showcased his unique sound, setting the tone for the rest of the night.
Supervision took the stage after Paul Basic, treating us to funky hip-hop jams. Former DMC World Championship participant, Supervision often broke out into heavy scratching, injecting the music and crowd with a special energy. Supervision really rocked his set, while on the other side of Mekka, Gibbz was playing everything from sexy disco to heavy dubstep. The Lowtemp Records up and comer is fresh of his first album “Who Gibbz A F#@S,” and his excitement to show the tracks off was apparent. Gibbz’s set was full of energy, and perfectly in tune with the rest of the night’s offerings.
Gramatik later took the stage in the main room, this time joined by Russ Liquid. The incredibly versatile musician was mixing with Denis, and also played trumpet, setting the room ablaze each time he did. Despite the fact that my legs felt like they could barely walk, Gramatik’s funkiness still had me getting down. Playing both old and new, along with the two Grizmatik tracks, Gramatik’s set was a burst of non-stop energy. It was my first time seeing Russ Liquid rather than Eric Mendelson accompany Gramatik on stage, and although I did miss the live guitar licks, Russ Liquid’s trumpeting adds some awesome energy.
Last, but not least, Michal Menert closed the party, rocking through another great set. His set included new songs from the upcoming “Space Jazz,” and Supervision even joined him onstage to scratch on a few tracks. The vibe during Menert’s set was great, plenty of energy, but also plenty of moments to let the crowd, no doubt tired from a week’s worth of WMC parties, just sway along to the melody, making Après a soothing end to WMC.
Until next year