Iris Gets Down To Basics with Liquid Stranger, Bleep Bloop, and Shlump
Anyone familiar with Iris knows that everywhere you turn, there seems to be another room full of music and dancing. Last time I was there, I was surprised to see three DJs performing simultaneously, only to find on my return that there were now four. The back patio had been opened up into a dance area, along with the three indoor rooms, and the crowd freely flowed among them all, floating between moods as they went. The outdoor stage was being run by Loshi when I got there, and kept grooving with house and a little bit of chill trap seasoned in nicely. Bryson Taylor was running a “trance takeover” with Shift Mojo and a few other friends, the side room back by the kitchen kept things lively with drum & bass and techno all night, and the main floor was packed with bassheads getting down to hard trap and bass music.
I arrived in time to hear Bleep Bloop playing his signature style of wonky, glitchy bass. His music has such an analog feel to it, and sits somewhere between raw 808 sounds, and a dial-up modem on steroids. His recent releases have only pushed his sound deeper into dark and strange territory, but he has found a loyal following, and the merch table was dominated by his shirts and hats, as he seeks to capitalize on his window of basshead fame.
As has become the habit at a lot of shows lately, the headliner did not play last, instead coming on a little after midnight, as he had to get to another late night show somewhere else in the city afterwards. I wasn’t too familiar with Liquid Stranger’s music before this show, but I really enjoyed his set. A psychedelic mix of mostly instrumental bass music, he kept the dance floor rumbling as the massive subs put in work all night with back-to-back heavy hitters on stage.
Shlump was the absolute stand-out performer of the night who played a set entirely comprised of his original productions and collaborations, and who kept the dance floor in a grimy sweat after Liquid Stranger’s set was over. I had the most fun at his set, and encountered the most surprises. I discovered Shlump a little over a year ago, and he is one the most exciting producers out there in my opinion, totally unafraid to push boundaries even beyond the weirdness of his peers. It was great to see Iris expand beyond their usual trap/dubstep lineups into some heavy psy territory, and the packed and active dance floor completely validated their decision. I look forward to seeing more events like this in the future, so we can all listen to more weird music together.