Last Saturday night, Babylon hosted Lapalux, the British born Stuart Howard who is know for deconstructing less known pop songs and creating his own inventive hybridized tracks.
Reminiscent of a British ‘Eminem’ wearing a baseball cap and a golden chain, the 26-years old surprised me with his instinctual ability to create powerful musical moments. He warmed up the crowd with a dark atmospheric synthesizer sound, achingly deep bass lines and slow bpm. With this introduction he was able to get the audience’s attention and created a steely tension. With his wildly creative and atmospheric sound he shattered through the palpable silence with a suddenness and intensity that made the crowd go wild. This moment felt like a catharsis: Babylon’s audience respired and danced in the wonderful glow of the colorful visuals to the sound of his debut full album “Nostalchic”, which was released on Flying Lotus´s Brainfeeder label. For the next 90 minutes his set consisted of offbeat IDM tracks melodically backboned with clattering drumlines which put the audience under his spell. As a huge fan of other experimental electronic groups like Flying Lotus, James Blake and Mount Kimbie, I loved the sound at Babylon last Saturday night.
Babylon, Istanbul’s most celebrated club for more underground music lovers, introduced me last Saturday to the Turkish underground. The support act native Turk, Da Poet, who has been a part of the hip hop scene for more than a decade now and who released an instrumental tape simply called “Beattape” in 2013, also put the mic down this night and was spinning groovy impulsive Trip-Hop Beats. Wrapping up the night was the “Vice” magazine named dubstep ambassador of Istanbul, Dj Gantz who’s closing set had people dancing their way home to his broken rhythms and Arabesque sound.
The underground atmosphere as well as the good line up for club Babylon has me convinced, I will definitely go there again. All music lovers should check out the clubs line-up.
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