June 5, 2012 § 1 Comment

The biggest story of bass music in the States for the month of May has to be Detroit’s Movement festival which included legends like Photek and Roni Size, alongside FaltyDL and local DJ Calico, amongst many others.

Boiler Room got involved in the festivities by hosting a special Detroit edition with Anthony ‘Shake’ Shakir, Mike Huckaby, Rick Wilhite, Jay Daniel, Kyle Hall and Manuel Gonzales. Prior to his set at Movement, Night Slugs head honcho Bok Bok laid down a set at Smart Bar monthly Signal on May 24. On May 3, Smart Bar monthly Bassweight hosted Chicago house legend Rees Urban for a special UKG set, with support from Stunna, DJ Sushi, Whoa-B and DJ The Tornado. Finally, Smart Bar hosted an all D&B rinse out with tech legends C4C, Legion, Gein with support from up-and-comer Dioptrics and local De La Mota. Down south, Gritsy Houston continued to lead the way in dubstep parties in the States playing host to Chestplate boss Distance and master of the low end J:Kenzo on May 12. Pioneering DJ Hatcha came through the States again, including a date in Portland which saw him do a back-to-back roots of dubstep set with the previously mentioned Distance. Out West, Bass Goes Boom LA hosted three of the biggest rising stars in upfront dubstep on May 26, in LAXX (Biscuit Factory), Megalodon (Sin City, Subway) and Supreme (Dub Star, Sub.FM). Joe Nice returned to radio for his Gourmet Beats show before departing on a European tour, and he showcased new dubs from US artists Eshone and DJG among others.

Coming in June we have the return of Joe Nice to Chicago – playing in the city for the first time since 2009, Truth seeing some more US dates, and Kingdom returning to Chicago for Signal at Smart Bar.

As usual, if you have an event or release you’d like included in next month’s report, send it to djthetornado@gmail.com

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