royl-paul-basic-flyerAs a huge fan of all things DoLab and PLM, I was beyond stoked to see that Paul Basic and Supervision were playing a show in downtown SB. Granted, it was a Wednesday night in the middle of midterms, but I can never say no to a show. The night was a solid blend of electrofunk and hip hop. Held at the Velvet Jones, one of the smallest venues I’ve ever been in, the show started at 8 and went until 12, with artists painting during the performance in typical DoLab style. Royl opened it up with some solid beats, but played to a pretty empty crowd. At about 9:45 it was time for SuperVision.

It was SuperVision’s birthday, and he definitely had a lot of fun. Opening with some impressive new tracks, he quickly got the crowd moving. For the first twenty minutes or so he mixed some of the grooviest hip hop I’ve heard in a long time, with a remix of Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Swimming Pools’ as a standout. The next twenty or so weren’t as impressive, honestly a bit too much trap. But he brought it back with some solid breakbeat before playing GRiZ, then ending with some of his own tracks. There were probably about 100 people max out on the dance floor, but the dance floor was basically a 20×20 box so it was perfect. Everyone was grooving.

Paul Basic took the stage at 10:45, opening with ‘Cops’ from the Mirror EP. At first, his set seemed to be a bit more low-key than SuperVision’s. This feeling was dispelled after about ten minutes, when I realized that he was slowly building energy through each successive track. It was also definitely heavier than SuperVision’s set, as the textured synthlines had the sound that can only be called PLM. Some standouts from the set included ‘Daydream’ and ‘HBR.’ Paul also played some trap, but not until nearly the hour mark, and it fit perfectly with the pacing of his set. He ended it with an unreleased track at 12. All in all, a solid night.

The PLM tour continues on the West Coast over the next few days, with dates in San Francisco, San Diego, and Santa Monica. If you happen to be in those areas, give it a look.

Daft Punk’s Alive 2007 introduced me to the world of electronic music, and ever since, it’s been a huge part of my life. I’m currently a philosophy student at UCSB, but music and shows are my passion. Thanks to EJ, I hope to share the magic of music with anyone interested.