by Courtney LaFavor
I don’t even know where to start with this post! There was SO MUCH goodness in my ear holes in the last 3 days and I can’t get it all to stop playing on repeat in my brain. For starters, let me just say this: SAM BINGA IS A KING AND YOU WILL NOT DENY HIM (Stephen Miller voice). He straight murdered every single person in Columbus Friday night. From the very top of the night, everyone who set foot on stage laid down some of the cleanest, vibrant sets I’ve heard all at one time. The energy in the room was perfect, sound was (as always) on point. By the time Binga took the stage, my dancing shoes were totally warmed up and he proceeded to help me melt them off my feet. I’ve never been one to dig on a heavy footwork/juke set, but the way he put those tracks down sounded like church gospel running through me. I can’t possibly thank Michel Toppins and the rest of the In:Direct Audio crew enough for making the night possible. Twas a magical evening and not easily topped. So there I am, floating through the weekend on this high from that incredible night, when a sneaky little bugger from Bloomington dropped a mix in our mailbox.
Some of you may already be familiar with the name Sweater Disco if you’re a fan of house music in Indy and B-town. Another youngling, SD has had a name for himself by bringing together straight forward, bouncy house music with tight mixing and scratching techniques. Kid can cut like some of the elder statesmen around these parts, and does so with great exuberance and joy every single time I’ve seen him. During a set not too long ago he played around with a bit of jungle breaks and I completely lost my mind. Sweater Disco doesn’t just “play house music”, he understands the idiosyncrasies of music in general, like phrasing and cadence. I came into this mix expecting a bunch of greatness inside, and was not let down. This is also the perfect end cap to the Binga show. Same vibey, hyper techy hip hop back bone we heard Friday. While it started off with more of a ghetto house 4/4 feel, it lead into the core of the mix, where it found it’s groove deep in the jungle. I could let loose to this set just as much as I did in Columbus too (probably will later). You guys are gonna love this mix, I’m sure of it. And once you fall in love with Sweater Disco through this, make sure you find out where he’s playing next and GO SEE HIM!! Indy folk should be on the look out for him at places like The Mousetrap and Subterra, while he hosts his own evening of jammies in Bloomington with his Home Planet nights. You’ll wanna check out his mailing list to seek out those very exclusive, and elusive parties. And maaaybe if we’re really lucky and ask nicely he can grace us at The Mel for a set like this one. Have a listen and I’ll be here waiting for the requests 🙂