Electronic dance music has developed at an incredibly rapid rate, and its hastened growth can be directly attributed to the nomadic nature of its genres and sounds. As each genre begins in their central hub, the culture of the sound is supported by its local artists and fans. Then, through means of technology and word of mouth, it breaks out into open air and begins to branch out. The elements of each genre cross land and sea to find new hubs, and then they develop their own rendition of the new, sonic atmospheres.
The UK house and bass scenes are two sounds that have quickly found a way into American show and festival circuits, partly in thanks of long-time DJ/producer/radio personality Annie Mac. Her work with BBC Radio One has redefined the landscape of dance music, and her radio show stands unparalleled in its ability to highlight the best and brightest talent from around the world. Her ability to "see the future" of artists and sounds allows her to utilise a diverse array of work for her live catalogue, and her recent North American tour proved exactly how powerful that influence is.
Annie Mac and Uk-native Redlight recently embarked on a 9-city takeover throughout North America, stopping at cities from New York to Denver to Seattle to LA, not to mention Indio Valley for her AMP Pool Party and dual-performances at Coachella Music Festival. To promote the tour, Annie also tied in her "Free Music Monday" series by releasing singles from renowned artists all around the world including Kaytranada, Justin Jay, and Pomo.
EDM.com was able to attend the tour's stop at Bar Standard in Denver, Colorado, and it demonstrated the true power of UK house in the states. Celebrating the Denver-based promotion company HOME's 2 year anniversary, Danny Marin, Redlight, and Annie Mac unleashed their unique catalogues of grooving and booty-shaking beats in true fashion, as their delivery was nothing short of incandescent. Attendants of the show experienced seemingly every genre of club-certified sounds, from deep house to tech house to jersey club to future bass. Redlight's set was particularly unique, as he demonstrated how both Americanized genres and UK-based sounds could be united in perfect harmony, serving as both an enlightening and energizing opening for Annie's headlining performance. Without fail, Annie Mac delivered her special breed of bouncing bass rhythms and driving drum lines to the floor, and it seemed that every drop from beginning to end kept the crowd revelling in ecstasy. She delivered a slew of the UK's premiere tracks and artist samplings, although its safe to say that nothing got the crowd going quite like her dropping "Not Into It" by Shift K3y.
Annie Mac doesn't come to the states often, but when she does, she knows exactly how to "bridge the gap" so to speak, and her direct support Redlight truly built the party from the ground up with each performance. Although 2016 seems the soonest for a return by the talented artists, we can say that their 9 stop-tour truly was a North American takeover.
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