Newly renovated space Moskito + Bite played host to an impressive line up of DJs courtesy of No. 19 Music last Friday night. Upstairs at Moskito, featured Tone of Arc, Lee Foss and Art Department, while downstairs at Bite, My Favourite Robot, Jeff Button and Nitin held things down.
This was our second time in the space and it’s been much improved since our first visit. We spent the night upstairs at Moskito and while it was a little hot, the space and sound worked really well. We heard there was around 2,000 people in the space, we can believe it as the dance floor was bouncing all night.
The evening started out with Tone of Arc, the impressive husband and wife duo of Derrick Boyd and Zoe Presnick from San Francisco. We were super excited to see that Zoe was joining Derrick on stage for their live vocal and bass performance. Their energy was incredible, almost magical. The crowd was equally impressed by their ability to create great live electronic music. Their new single, Goodbye Horses was definitely a highlight of the night.
Next up was Lee Foss, who we’ve seen quite a few times in the last three years. Generally his sets are good, but on Friday Lee brought his A game. He seemed really well-rested and generally happy. Perhaps brought on by a Thanksgiving break or his new track with Anabel Englund, Electricity. Regardless, it was great to see Lee in good spirits.
The night closed with hometown favourite Art Department – DJ duo Kenny Glasgow and Jonny White. Kenny Glasgow has 20 years behind the decks and is a pioneer in the techno/house music scene, his contributions really speak to his passion, talent and a great ear for music production. And you can tell by his DJ booth dancing that he continues to love every moment. Art Department threw down a really amazing set, but the real highlight was a remix of Fleetwood Mac’s Dreams. There are a lot of remixes of Dreams, but this one…we must get our hands on it.
The Social Experiment parties are No. 19 label owner Jonny’s brainchild, these parties have been thrown all over the world at music festivals like Sonar in Barcelona and Movement in Detroit. Hopefully there is another one in Toronto soon. Jonny and Kenny know how to throw a great party!