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Andy Stott gets dark and danceable at Foundry

Posted by Jesse Ship / March 18, 2013

Andy StottIf Andy Stott is the future, then the future is dark. Very dark. The celebrated producer of 2012's sleeper hit album, Luxury Problems played at Mansion's Foundry series in the Blk Box Theatre, beneath the Great Hall on Saturday night.

Andy StottHis set was a technical exploration of negative space in sounds found in the more recent 'knackered house' trend that seems to have skipped over to our shores. It's a term Stott helped define, and that comprises first generation dubstep sounds (the dark and moody stuff that had no radio presence outside of UK pirate radio) that's manipulated into techno, industrial, and a skeletal drum and bass.

Andy StottAndy's genius is that he's managed to select stripped down tunes that keep everything but their basic rhythmic elements, yet still kept your body shaking with the repetitive metal clicks, clanks, and shuffley dungeon sounds.

Andy StottLike most kinks and S&M perversions, there was an innate cerebral appeal to Stott's music that had the full house spontaneoulsy roaring for more. What was so amazing was that he managed to make something so minimal and devoid of colour into something so incredibly addictive and danceable. In our true nature, we must all be nihilistic, recession-wallowing zombies to make us crave these primal rickety beats.

Photos by Alejandro Santiago



r / March 18, 2013 at 03:45 pm
i missed this. sounds like a dope show.
Duncan III / March 18, 2013 at 07:38 pm
Despite Andy's music itself being awesome, he sounded like shit from a quality perspective. Volume went up wayyy to high when he went on, muddying his whole set horribly and making the highs -- which are already mixed super high in his music -- piercingly unpleasant to the ears. The two openers sounded much nicer.
wow / March 18, 2013 at 07:54 pm
The ignorance of BlogTo commenters will never cease to amaze me.
Duncan III replying to a comment from wow / March 18, 2013 at 09:46 pm
@wow How is that an ignorant comment at all? I was there. The show was good and I had a great time, but the sound quality of Andy's set -- in terms of the live mix and leveling -- was awful...
zoo goo replying to a comment from Duncan III / March 19, 2013 at 10:13 am
What's wrong Duncan III? Got too much sand up your vagina at the show?

AUDIOPHILES GTFO with your complainin.
rG / March 19, 2013 at 11:29 am
Funny because part of the whole Foundry series is to cater to audiophiles with its boasting of a Funktion One sound system blah blah.. but yeah doesn't matter how good the sound system is if the source audio and volume levels are not taken into consideration.

Christopher / March 19, 2013 at 12:49 pm
Thought the openers were both really good. Andy Stott's set was great -- nice to hear the hits at such a level (the bass in "Numb" almost knocked my head off), but also some great divergences, little acid numbers in the middle and the great extended amen break stuff near the end. We're definitely going to be hearing more jungle-ish stuff everywhere in the coming year or so imo. No problems with the sound for my ears!
mike in parkdale / March 19, 2013 at 02:24 pm

I've never read anything dumber on here, and I read a lot of dumb comments.
Sir Richard the Third / March 20, 2013 at 10:31 am
Duncan III has a sandy vag!
Ben32 / March 20, 2013 at 04:15 pm

AUDIOPHILES GTFO with your complaining. Music is about how it LOOKS, who cares how it SOUNDS! downtown, champagne elite

Face The King / March 20, 2013 at 07:09 pm
Being that we're an Alternative rock band we're not so much on the DJ/Dance/Electronica side of things. However we have a good friend who is a DJ and completely respect the talent it takes to pull it off well. This looks like it would be a spectacular show, in fact just from looking at the pictures I'm jealous I'm not there!
Idiots / March 21, 2013 at 08:16 pm
You people who are making fun people complaining about the sound, are fools.

If you knew anything about these Foundry events, you probably wouldnt be talking. Foundry is supposed to provide "immersive, multi-sensory experience for our city's music lovers". The sound system is very important for music lovers, and its something that should not be fucked up.

You assholes dissing up Duncan are fucking losers, acting like tough guys behind your computer screen.
Landon replying to a comment from zoo goo / March 27, 2013 at 04:28 pm
i didnt see any sand at the show?? since when do people hear out their vaginas?

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