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Boom Bap Zap Rap

Sure thing: turbo-ish crunk w/ ANGO, Lunice, Plaeboi and Tex


Borne from a messy love-in between hip-hop, techno, R&B and dance hall, the “yet-to-be-titled” street bass is the latest subgenre to explode on the world’s enlightened dance floors. Not only does this movement have its trademark sounds and tempos, it has its trademark players. Instead of the DJ, street bass nights feature producers as performers, plugging in their hardware to mix original beats or live bass, synth and drum machine.Using the internet to share signature up-tempo hip-hop (or down-tempo techno...), crews from Scotland, LA and Montreal are constantly evolving by using each other’s freshest material. Of the prominent centres for the proliferation of street bass, Montreal’s Turbo Crunk crew is at the forefront. Joining forces with Hadji Bakara of Wolf Parade to form Megasoid, Nova Scotia’s Rob “Sixtoo” Squier has been key in developing the Turbo Crunk night into a full-fledged phenomenon. Like LA’s Glitch Mob or Frisco’s Lazer Sword, local sensation Andrew “ANGO” Macpherson had been entertaining crowds with live production and “synth-based beat-making” independently. “I saw a Megasoid party in Toronto for the first time about a year-and-a-half ago and got floored,” says Macpherson, saying he “learned the basic ingredients” from Squier at the after-party and then “brought it back to Halifax.”While Boom Bap Zap Rap is not technically a full-blown Turbo Crunk show, it’ll whet the appetite of Halifax’s cool kids. “We’ve been trying to do Turbo Crunk in full effect in Halifax for a while,” Macpherson jokes, “but we need people to come out and taste the hors d’oeuvres before we can bring out the turducken.” With founding member Lunice and local openers Plaeboi and Tex, Boom Bap Zap Rap will no doubt leave Halifax anticipating a second course.

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