I had been eagerly awaiting Joyryde’s tour for months, a tour de force of bass that any headbanger would be proud to attend. What I was not expecting was the sheer pleasure overload I experienced on this night in Brooklyn. EXSSV was the first artist of the night and his set was true bass house. The opener, Christian Colon, played his set like he was the closer; deep, heavy and driving. Listening to his tracks, EXSSV has a freestyle house bass sound that is Joyryde-esque, and yet at only 23, he maintains his originality. Exhibiting a bit of an underground feel in his song “This is House”, it’s bassline commanded my attention and I felt the beat everywhere. I ran into the artist shortly after his set and told him how stellar it was, and that I didn’t want it to end.
Next up was Godlands. Self-described as trap, beats and hip hop, her tracks reflected this delicate balance with set selections Blackout (4B & Flosstradamus), Chopper (Hydraulix & Krischvn), Bass Cannon (Ohmy & Rule of Eight Flip), Soundboy (Eugene) and Southside (DJ Snake & Eptic). Producing her own music since 2017, Godlands upbeat and carefree nature on stage are reflected in her songs “Finally”, “Pleasures” and her heart-gripping “Valor”. She brought the house down with her song “2clips”, a bass banger with the attitude that made me a believer.
Having never seen ALRT before I was blown away by this artist’s cool delivery of bass-heavy, complexly arranged original songs, and general raw talent. Getting a jump on this tour, ALRT is spectacular in his delivery, keeping the dance floor moving while making attendees smile at the sheer delight of his mixes. A rare treasure in the club, his arrangements feel like a movie score… if a movie score had to be created with house heavy bass. With the paced delivery of a man on a mission ALRT’s set had texture and developed into a multilayered experience that made me emotional for all the right reasons. Clearly not settling for anything less than perfection, this master of bass kept my attention and I could not look away.
Listen to ALRT’s new single “Spaceman 5000” below:
Wax Motif took the stage, riding in slow and easy. As we entered his realm, the deep house vibes were undeniable as this g-house legend rocked the room with soulful lyrics, anthem style beats, and rap lyrics to complement the robust beats he delivered. As challenging as he is unassuming in his performance, Wax Motif’s debonair delivery showed his ability to produce a great show at his own pace making the crowd follow him closely to a finale that delivered.
Just a few weeks after the release of his new song “Selecta 19”, I got to witness the perfect set by Joyryde. Joyryde presented a solid performance and at no point was there any downtime as he played track after track of amazing bass-heavy house hits. As I danced to the point of collapse, I sang along with the songs and found that I was not alone. The crowd swayed back and forth to the beats he played as the music provided a certain wholeness as our bass desires were satisfied. As the drama unfolded and we were swept into the Joyryde experience, I was elated and knew how special this moment was. His superhero level of bass hits kept me in that zone of complete happiness. Mr. Ford, you had me at “Hot Drum.”
Check out Joyryde’s BRAVE Tour information here.
Hear Joyryde’s latest song release “Selecta19” here https://youtu.be/rDc0dvopPwA