Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Recording: DATU

Artist: DATU

Song: Bones

Recorded at The Garrison (Camp Wavelength – Night 1), August 18, 2017.

DATU - Bones

Since 2009, the summer Wavelength festival has been a highlight of the season, slowing down the hectic "festival experience" to an Island pace and making the whole thing as much about the vibe and the location as the (always well-curated) music. When this spring's floods shut the Island down, there was a ripple of apprehension from many quarters at the loss of favourite summer hangs, culminating in the festival decamping to the mainland. The WL crew did an excellent job in emulating the festival experience in the outdoor/daytime portion, but it was harder to feel the same sense of relaxation and freedom in a bar.

Indeed, heading into The Garrison, there was a vibe more like February's anniversary festival than August's Island excursion, a feeling that lingered through a night of groove-friendly programming. The songs that the band was showing off last summer have now been officially released on the High Blood album, and when first announced, this was going to be another collaboration with the HATAW dance crew. In the switch from the big outdoor stage, this was dialed back to a more manageable single guest dancer, but Alexander Junior & Romeo Candido still put on a totally-convincing set, mixing house, rap, r&b and kulingtang grooves with rockstar swagger.

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