Live Review: Girl Unit, DYP B2B Rekab, Everyteen, Frodo B2B Bolsty, Sauss Bauss, Oni Ca$h, Umphetico

9 August 2012 | 1:12 pm | James Hunt

With a few line-up shuffles, Sauss Bauss, Umphetico and Oni Ca$h began the night by taking it in turns to play around with some lush down tempo as well as some instrumental hip hop numbers, before taking things into a bit of a grittier vein with mixer filter effects galore. It wasn't 'til things got taken down a much-needed deep house direction that Bakery dwellers got up on their feet to warm synths and booming bass. A similar vibe was carried on with Everyteen, attracting a marvellous atmosphere. Before the much-anticipated main event, DYP went back to back with Rekab with a stimulating set of sorts including the likes of Mickey Pearce, Trusta and Disclosure.

Coming off the back of arguably the year's most impressive dance release Club Rez, Perth is truly honoured to have the likes of Girl Unit (aka Girl U No It's True) in the building. His funky '80s throwback synths were in full flight in a set that knew exactly when to pull back and when to give it everything. The Night Slugs label was given a serious workout, with tracks from the likes of Bok Bok, Jam City and Lil Silva. Claude Von Stroke's remix of Girl Unit's perhaps most well-known track Wut was a definite highlight, but it was the original that mustered up the biggest response, and was even given a tidy rewind by the man himself. The Unit ended things with dream collaboration TNGHT's Higher Ground, which turned out to be the perfect finisher to perhaps the year's most
thrilling performance.

Frodo then went back to back with Bolsty for the closing set, and despite some sublime track selections, a few too many sneaky pints before the set made for some below-par beat matching and a couple of unnecessary train wrecks, which thankfully failed to undermine an amazing spectacle of a night. Girl Unit showed why Night Slugs remains one of the leading labels in the scene, so here's hoping that next time he brings some of the other Slugs along with him!