Thursday, July 10, 2014

04 Jul 14 - The Crystal Method

Now, a little peek into SouthSide’s past ...over 20 years ago, she was heavily into Chicago’s club scene being a regular at Excalibur (now known as The Castle).

Fast forward to the present, she’s about to make her return into that scene tonight...

Wait a minute ...hold up, SouthSide a nightclub?!

No way!

Yes, blogspot readers, she made her official return back to the club circuit by attending The Mid’s The Crystal Method one-night only DJ set performance before heading northward to Milwaukee for their appearance at Summerfest.

Currently celebrating a 20 year music career/partnership, the duo, Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland as musicians, DJs and producers have culminated an extensive list of hit tracks like “(Can’t You)Trip Like I Do” (a collaboration with Filter for the movie Spawn), “Get Busy Child”, “High Roller”. “Born Too Slow”, “Drown in the Now” (another collaboration with Matisyahu) and many, many more. Their music and compositions have been featured in movies, television shows, video games and/or commercials like Fox’s Almost Human, Resident Evil: Extinction (featuring vocals by Milla Jovovich on the track “I Know It’s You”). X Games 3D: The Movie, Fast & Furious 6, Malcolm In The Middle, Bones ...just to name a few with the duo’s name attached to the music credits.

TCM recently released their latest album – The Crystal Method featuring the two hit singles “Emulator” and “Over It” with guest appearances like LeAnn Rhimes (on “Grace”), Le Castle Vania (on “Storm The Castle” and Afrobeta (on “After Hours”). To be honest, blogspot readers, SouthSide was quite nervous (and excited at the same time) about seeing The Crystal Method due to the fact she’s a longtime admirer of their music (especially her favorites “[Can’t You] Trip Like I Do” and “High Roller”). So, this reviewer felt honored attending their special DJ set as she stood on the balcony of the VIP area observing the action crowding all around the main floor below her.

Inside this River West club, The Mid was already crowded (especially on the main floor) with fashionably dressed clubsters, blogspot readers, beneath the dazzling spectacle of the neon lights and smoke machines (with a few bursts of confetti in between). Yet when The Crystal Method took over control of the DJ booth (after opening sets by Zebo and Mayhem), the entire club floor instantly swelled with more dancing patrons ...thus bursting to life amidst cheers and bouncing electronic rhythms. Everyone (SouthSide included) were excitedly grooving to the beat as these EDM masters thrilled the packed house with continuous dance party mixes (most of them off their current release) for nearly two hours. The “performance” itself featured rounds of intensified hardcore sound that rocked the ears with gradual crescendo rises before popping with those vibrant falls of electronic melodies.

As an admirer of The Crystal Method, she could see why many artists/bands want to collaborate with them due to the fact their music can be cutting edge like their French counterparts, Daft Punk, and crossover with other genres from hip hop to rock. For example, there was one track that featured a bit of technologic/robotic rhythms creating an industrial vibe before moving straight into a boppin’ dub step groove. It’s such music that kept this party crowd hopping track after track, blogspot readers. Still, it was more than just being excited for TCM’s music. It was a wild scene ...sometimes a little chaotic below SouthSide. Getting lost amidst the rhythmic flow of EDM, there was also neon lighting running in sync with the duo’s music as well as blasts of fog/smoke and confetti swirling around the crowd. Merely watching TCM interact and connect with their adoring fans was intriguing and exhausting at the same time especially when they said they love Chicago, its people and food before ending the night with “Get Busy Child”.

Ah ...what a fantastic night ...and week of music for this busy reviewer, blogspot readers. If you have the extreme chance, she highly recommends checking out The Crystal Method live and up close as they tour promoting their new album “The Crystal Method”. For more information, visit

Until next time, support your local scene,


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