Flying Lotus and Kode 9
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Better than: The other times I've been crammed like a sardine into a music venue.
Before Saturday night's show, the last time I walked past such a long-stretching line (filled with such a wide array of concertgoers) outside Mezzanine was when Justice had just broken through to an American audience. Last night's headliners, Flying Lotus and Kode 9, are both enormously respected names in the wonky electronic music world, but, shit, I could hardly move from one end of the club to the other, there were so many excited fans of both acts packed into the room. It would be imprudent to say LA's beat-don Flying Lotus has "arrived," but a massive, sold-out concert says something about his popularity.
When I squeezed into the throngs around 11 p.m, Kode 9 was prepping the bustling crowd with a DJ set that could've stood as its own headlining performance. Bass boomed, snares cracked, and other-worldly electronics soared from Mezzanine's pristine soundsystem. Tracks from Major Lazer and assorted producers on Kode 9's Hypderdub label sent roars of approval through the audience, and moved the mass of people like a wave machine. The DJ played for over an hour and a half, after which time there was a brief stage resettling. Then the man born Steven Ellison assumed his position behind the table of computers and hardware. The room went bonkers.