by Courtney LaFavor
Boy oh boy Jungle fam….you guys are in for it today. I really hope you’re some of the lucky ones who have the day off today, because we’re bringing you 2 hours of insanity for this week’s NAPCast. All I want to do is play in the sun and enjoy this set from Rudy Kizer that I got to hear a couple weeks back at the Mousetrap. Considering that Rudy has some of the deepest roots in the Indy music world, it was fitting he’d be asked to put on a little history lesson while opening for Ill Gates and KJ Sawka. I got my mind blown that day, and I’m betting there are a few folks out there who will be equally impressed with Rudy’s handwork here.
When I first moved to Indy in 2005, I left behind a respectable attendance of the house and (what was left of) dnb nights around Buffalo. I desperately missed the dance floor, and the bass, and most of all my friends. Within a couple of weeks I found myself driving the country roads of this strange Midwest world when a program called Planet X came on. House and breaks streamed out the speakers and filled my car. I had a mini dance party by myself in the car on the side of the road. For the first time in Indiana I felt not quite so lonely. Sundays became a day of anticipation from then on out. Planet X kept me connected not only to the sounds that felt like home, but an ear to the way they were developing since I wasn’t going out to any events around town. And throughout the years I knew there was one person who had helped create this fantastic program, Rudy Kizer. My heart was broken when I learned Planet X was going away, but that was quickly replaced by elation when it meant that Rudy was taking the wheel for a new show called “Hit The Decks”. Picking up where Planet X left off, Rudy continued to lead me (and so many others) on musical journeys that covered a vast array of sonic landscapes. It felt fresh but also just obscure enough that you felt oh so hip getting these nuggets from the man on the other side of the speaker. Which brings us to this set.
This set gave the Mousetrap LIFE. Considering the headliners, I hadn’t expected to hear dnb as an opener. I’m used to hearing Rudy play more electro-house sets with some garage thrown in from time to time. At first I thought the dnb tunes he was dropping were just for the early people and to warm up the room. But minutes rolled into the hour mark and he was still working that vibe and I was giddy. Classics were made new nestled between future bass and big room type grooves that drew in shuffling feet from all directions. Rudy made a masterpiece out of 25 years worth of drum and bass and jungle in this set and he is living proof that the phrase “MIDWEST IS BEST” is absolutely true when it come to the electronic scene and talent of its DJs. I don’t care what sub-sub-sub-sub-sub genre of dnb you like best, it’s likely in here. You got your cores, your steps, your funks. Lots of ups and downs inside this one too,: lots of build ups, lots of smooth grooves – in just the right balance!
NAPDNB knows just how difficult it can be for folks to carve out time to put together specific mixes for us, so the fact that Rudy was kind enough to re-record a 2 hour set to share means an enormous amount to us. For my part, I owe Rudy many thanks for being an unknowing part of making me fall in love with Indy and helping me feel a little less isolated from the thing that shapeed so much of my world. He is a vital part of the Indianapolis musical history and today we salute him for being a supporter of so many scenes over the years. Without his passion and dedication there would be a lot less to love about this place. Now get this thing pumpin’ and a history lesson too!