After walking through the door to Rickshaw Stop, the first thing that I noticed was energy of the crowd. It was an electric mixture of excitement, alcohol, and sweat; even if the speakers hadn’t been blaring out more bass than your younger brother’s car, I’m sure that air would have been buzzing.
I hadn’t been to Rickshaw Stop before last night, and all I can say is that it’s an incredible venue that seems to work for just about any kind of concert out there. With two floors, 1.5 bars, two projectors, a disco ball, porch lights, a cool-yet-not-over-the-top-lightshow, a humidifier, plenty of couches, two coat rooms, and even a foosball table, Rickshaw stop is plain old fun.
Now on to the music: after a late start Database came on with a bass heavy, electronic set that seemed to use samples so sparingly that it was often hard to catch what was original and what I had heard before. I had never encountered Database prior to the show, and I have been missing out! The Brazilian duo cranked that shit up to eleven and really made everyone in there feel what they had to offer. After a dope set, they passed the torch on to the Hood Internet.
After ensuring that everyone in the building gave some love to Database, STV SLV proclaimed: “I’m Steve Reidell, a.k.a. the Hood Internet,” and amid elated drunken cheers, began his set with Blowin’ Money at the Deli, a Drake x Birdman x Delorean mashup off Mixtape Five. Despite the unannounced absence of the Hood Internet’s other half, Aaron Brink a.k.a. ABX, STV SLV played a set that seemed to perfectly balance classic favorites from their earlier mixtapes with newer material from Mixtape Five and other recent releases. STV SLV dropped enough sound effects, cool transitions, and random synth beats to give the show a live feeling that transcended the pre-recorded nature of the mashup genre and ensured that everyone in Rickshaw Stop had great night.