Photo by Ray Ermel (Ray Ermel Photography)
by Kyle Taylor
Last week Philadelphia was plastered with countless events all through the week and weekend, a sure reminder of how strongly the local scene is thriving. Even Wednesday night plenty of Funkadelphians were getting down.
We started the week’s festivities off with Phutureprimitive at XO Lounge. The California producer has made multiple visits to Philadelphia already, but this time he returned alongside Kaminanda, and also with a pretty incredible new stage setup.
The evening kicked off with Philadelphia talent Get Up and Mojo Risin, each bringing their own unique flavor of crunchy bass beats to get the audience moving. Mojo Risin was dishing out everything from deep dub to atmospheric drum & bass, while Get Up brought a heavy wave of funky glitch-hop grooves.
Next Kaminanda took over the decks. The XO Lounge was struck with a bolt of energy as the Candian producer delivered a range of tribal and psychedelic sound waves.
Finally Rain (Phutureprimitive) was ready to take his place immersed in his new, beautifully-detailed new temple stage. As the speakers charged up with an immersive clash of electronic production and organic sound design, the stage also became a blaze of energy. Various visualizers blanketed the stage throughout the remainder of the evening, lending an extra surge of energy to Phutureprimitive’s performance.
The night was not just purely about the music however, instead taking a focus on artistic energy overall. Local artist Steve Shorts dove into one of his works during a live painting session that carried throughout the entire evening. Therapeutic massages were also in order.
Phutureprimitive’s new album, “Searching for Beauty in the Darkest Places Pt. 2” is out soon. Be sure to check out the first single from the new album, “Energy Flow”, HERE.
All photos by Ray Ermel (Ray Ermel Photography)