Sampology owned not just the evening, but the week. So much painstaking work, no doubt, but bloody hell it was worth it.
Sampology's set is as hot as a summer in an Australia that no longer needs science. Starting with an unusual local reference (“Hello Sydney, last time I was here I was told people actually had sex during the show”), it didn't take long to understand how that actually may have happened. He sets up the kit so that we can see it on the big screen – all the decky, pad-y, knob-y things look scary, but can be played with enough confidence for our man to still dance, sing and get your general love-of-it on. Also on the big screen are animated hand claps and scrolling text – proof you won't forget the name anytime soon.
What brings it all together, however, are the most awesome visuals to go with those sounds. Did you know that sorta animated Duck Porn was a thing in the '80s? Neither did I till I saw it on Sampology's screen. There was even a little 'twerking' added for currency – there's your next video, Miley. Asking us next if we were “ready to get sexy?” the next tune, Breach's Let's Jack, was accompanied by a sea of images of Hollywood's greatest. Nicolson's face pumped, throbbed and was generally awesome over lyrics “I want your body… let's Jack” – totally inspired. While it's tempting to just list the audio/visual mashups that followed, a list doesn't do them the justice Sampology's gorgeous syncs do. So let's just say Hitchcock also featured masterfully during a new 'Bird'-inspired tune, and Prince's Purple Rain looked classic, but the new sound made him almost even cooler than he already was. Also, there were Fritz the Cat and Ryan Gosling pieces, for no real reason, which was reason enough.
The whole night was tight (props to openers LDRU, DJ Butcher and Kilter), but Sampology owned not just the evening, but the week. So much painstaking work, no doubt, but bloody hell it was worth it.