Concert Review: Busy P at Electric Pickle, October 31

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Busy P
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Electric Pickle, Miami

Better Than: The prefect pair of alt breast, y'all.

If websites like Hipster Runoff have taught us anything is that when the alt community comes together for a 'meaningful' experience, it can be a beautiful thing. It seemed like all of hipster-dom, both local and foreign, were at one of two places Halloween night: O.H.W.O.W. for NeckFace's premiere Miami exhibition, Devil's Disciple, or its after-party at Electric Pickle. If the hipster culture is anything it's creative--girls skipped the slutty-something staples and actually put some thought into their costumes and the guys, well, Halloween as brings out the juvenile in all of us.

But apart from NeckFace's exhibit--which featured coffins piled high to the ceiling, demented drawings that no description could do justice, and a haunted house--it was Ed Banger boss Busy P's set at Poplife that had everyone buzzing. Ultra appearances aside, it had been a while since Pedro Winter had spun at a local nightclub. Also, the tides have turned on the electrohouse genre. Once the soundtrack to everything hipster, it has fallen on the wayside replaced by dubstup and nu-disco (at least locally).

Questions lingered: Would Busy P just revive ghosts of electro past?

Would he showcase a more updated sound? Would he prove he's still able to

command a dancefloor? Answer was yes on all fronts. Winter is a

skillful DJ and he knows what gets people moving. His set included

plenty of 'bangers' that have come to define the electrohouse sound. My

drunken notes stated that he started out with Justice's rework of MGMT's

"Electric Feel." That wouldn't be the only Ed Banger moment of the night,

Uffie also poured over the speakers as she declared she was "Ready to Uff."

Still there were plenty of hints Winter is still looking forward.

Dropping Simian Mobile Disco's "Audacity of Huge"--electrohouse icons in

their own right--showed that some acts have abandoned the signature

banger sound for a more electroclash approach. But it was during Animal

Collective's "My Girls" that everyone seemed to come together for a

superior 'meaningful' experience. Hands in the air, it reassured us

that Ed Banger and Busy P are in it for the long run.

Then again, we never did find out who won the electro wars.

Critic's Notebook

Personal Bias: I'm a product of the electrohouse era. I was a

regular Revolver patron and saw many of the electrohouse acts live before

they 'sold out.'

Random Detail: I spent the latter half of the night sitting outside of

the Electric Pickle drunk out of my mind. Many thanks to Pickle owner Tomas

of Aquabooty for bringing me water.

By the Way: Hipsters you have much to look forward at Poplife. Yacht stops by November 14 and the Golden Filter December 5.

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