[EVENT REVIEW] The Do LaB Presents: Shpongle at the Hollywood Palladium

Last Saturday, the usual decadent Los Angeles debauchery was put on hold as The Do LaB brought a stellar lineup of Michael Menert, Phutureprimitive, Break Science, and Shpongle to the historic Hollywood Palladium. It was a night that turned out to be an enlightening journey accompanied by an incredible array of music that morphed and transformed perceptions of electronic music’s “status quo.” Read the full details after the jump…

After the typical security checks, we entered the Hollywood Palladium and walked down the main hall to be greeted by the Portland native, Phutureprimitive, providing the vibes for a large crowd of fans that were already dancing away. His downtempo bass music satisfied many as movement throughout the crowd was prevalent, and even increased at several points, but most notably when he played his remix of the old Donnie Darko classic, “Mad World” (covered by Gary Jules), as well as closing with his remix of Massive Attack’s “Teardrop.” It was my first time seeing Phutureprimitive, and I must say that he certainly made a fan out of me. I am already looking forward to the next time I will be able see him again.

Just as Phutureprimitive won me over, so too did the live duo under the Pretty Lights Music imprint, Break Science. With Adam Deitch on drums and Borahm Lee on the keys, they were able to put together a crafty cohesive set that included house, glitch-hop, dubstep, and other breakbeat styled tracks with big breakdowns mixed in to keep things fresh. In addition to their electrifying music and prominent stage presence, they had a special guest, Chali 2na (of Jurassic 5), join the party and drop a handful of verses on top of the Colorado sounds. I was saddened to have missed Michael Menert open the event, but luckily, Break Science brought him out as another guest and they played some great tracks off of their forthcoming EP that they wrote together. Following the impressive Break Science set was the act that everyone was waiting for, Simon Posford aka Shpongle (Raja Ram absent).

Once Simon hit the stage and the familiar 3D mapped visual structure was unveiled, everyone seemed to pull out their cameras and phones in an effort to document the absurdity to come. As expected, the bewildering and enticing music came shortly after, and with each successive song, Shpongle took the audience deeper into a most enjoyable foreign realm. He didn’t waste much time before he played one of my favorite tracks, “The Dorset Perception,” and then followed with a venturesome blend of world music, tribal house, minimal, psy-trance, and whatever else Simon and Raja Ram magically conjure up in the studio. The set lasted just over an hour and a half, and culminated in the appropriate closing with another favorite, “Around the World in a Tea Daze.” For the whole duration, I couldn’t help but move to the shamanistic-type sounds, and I felt as though I was no longer in Los Angeles, but at a gathering in the Amazon rainforest. There is certainly nothing like Shpongle, and I highly recommend you experience him/them in a live setting!

Here’s a visual aid to give you a better idea of what it was like…

Needless to say, the event was a huge success with innovative and masterful music from some of the best artists in the industry. The good vibes were felt throughout the whole night, and it was all the work of the wonderful people at The Do LaB. Many thanks as always!