Ottawa got lucky this past Sunday night: lucky to have been deemed worthy of a tour stop on Shlohmo‘s Laid Out Tour that is. The up-and-coming DJ and Producer from LA gave a live set at Ritual Nightclub in an effort to promote his latest album entitled Laid Out EP, after touring in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. Ottawa certainly had a tough act to follow considering Toronto’s gig was sold out and Montreal’s show was on a Saturday. Regardless, Ottawa showed Shlohmo and his DJ friend D33J that the National Capital knows how to get down Slow-Mo style on a Sunday night when it comes to quality music. A relatively big crowd of roughly 200 people came out to support and enjoy new sounds.
Ottawa’s own Iggy Smalls kicked off the night with some great music that set the tone for what would follow. Once Iggy did his thing and Ritual started filling up with eager Shlohmo fans, the WeDitIt Collective member D33J took to the stage for his own set.
D33J kicked things off by telling the crowd his stuff was about to get weird. And weird it was, but in that good kind of way complete with amazing music that made the crowd dance throughout his set. The WeDidIt Collective DJ gave an excellent set playing some of his best remixes including his recent remix of Drake’s Started From the Bottom and the one he did for Marvin’s Room. He also played the remix for Rihanna and Future’s Looove Song, a remix he did of country-pop star, Taylor Swift‘s Love Story, which he calls the “Syrup Cuz I’m Single D33J Remix” along with some lesser known material that equally pleased the audience. D33J finished his set by thanking Ottawa fans for getting weird with him on a cold Sunday night, to which the crowd responded with loud cheers.
D33J then proceeded to introduce his music partner and friend Shlohmo, who, being a good 30 minutes late, waisted no time and got down to business immediately. Shlohmo played his popular remix of Jeremih’s Fuck You All the Time along with his remix of Aaliyah’s One In A Million and his take on 100 by Bangladesh feat. Pusha T and Jadakiss.
In addition to playing these remixes, Shlohmo gave Ottawa a taste of his new Laid Out EP with Out Of Hand, Put It, and the excellent Later. Despite switching things up from one music genre to the next, he built momentum throughout his set and kept the crowd dancing from start to finish. His stage presence was pretty good considering he’s a DJ, and he bounced along to the music he selected as the crowd seemed to love every minute of it. Shlohmo’s set was definitely solid, confirming his reputation as a super talented producer and remixer.
This was Shlohmo and D33J’s first tour in Canada, but based on what I saw last night, it’s almost a guarantee that they’ll be back in a matter of time with more amazing sounds from the underground.
You can listen to Later from Shlohmo’s Laid Out EP below.