The Art of Chill-Out: Random Rab at Aisle 5
Aisle 5 is well-known for regularly hosting heady electronic artists like Bluetech and Desert Dwellers. I was surprised to see only one other person at the door when they opened at 10 PM on a Saturday. In fact, I was entirely expecting the show to have sold out. As I waited, I talked with the one other person in the line, who described himself a fan of a genre he matter-of-factly called Wookstep.
In the minutes before the music began, I stood in the center of an empty dance floor, hoping that the rest of the crowd was on its way. Without much fanfare, the opener took the stage. Supersillyus’ musical style can be described as a an immediate descendant of Shpongle’s, complete with colorful and trippy sound design, immersive and complex rhythms, and even ironic speech samples about hallucinations. Both psychedelic and cinematic, the opening set stimulated my imagination, and made me dance like a lonely lunatic. Others sat around me, or stood against the wall. Slowly, the room started to fill. Bassheads clad in their characteristic snapbacks and scarves began populating the dancefloor in time to hear Supersillyus drop tunes from his most recent album, Charade.
By the time, the legendary Random Rab (read our previous interview with him) took the stage, the dance floor had filled with wookies and festival-goers returning from Sweetwater 420 Fest. At last, the dance floor had become the familiar throbbing mass of dancing bodies, amid intermittent plumes of aromatic vapor. I was deeply curious to see the headliner, since his music has such a tremendous variety, in style, emotion, and dance-ability.
In the world of electronic music, artists like Random Rab are rare because it’s often difficult to bridge the gaps between producer, DJ, and performer. Random Rab, however, makes this appear easy. Ever engaged and mindful of his crowd, he crafted an emotional, but relaxed journey of deep pulsing beats and swirling melodies, perfect for a crowd of festival-goers taking advantage of the occasion to commemorate 4/20 a day late.