It’d seem as though watching sets by Templo, Thriftworks and Russ Liquid just last weekend at the Gem and Jam Festival simply wasn’t enough – we couldn’t help but crave more of that unique downtempo/experimental bass sound that these three artists are known to throw down. So last Wednesday, we found ourselves exactly where everyone else in Denver did – Cervante’s!
Templo hit the stage right at 10 to a nicely filled room for him to serve up. His ambient yet gritty down-tempo set the mood just right, surprising us all by ending his time slot with a hard techno track. Though completely out of the realm from what we’d usually expect from Templo, it managed to feel just right, while also teaching us not to get too comfortable with this producer’s sets. Showing off the newer brand of glitch hop he’s been perfecting as well, Templo also squeezed in an early track reminiscent of his down-templo specialty, called ‘Can’t Let Go’. Being one of the first songs I’d heard from him, it’s a favorite of mine, making it a definite night maker.
Next up was the ever-so funky Russ Liquid, whose California sax sound has only become more refined since his induction into the Lowtemp label family. Playing tracks from his latest effort, ‘In Love’, the sounds of his trumpet and whimsical flute filled the air, bringing those sensual and seductive pre-Valentine’s feels to mind as couples started bumpin’ and grindin’ spontaneously. But it was about to get a lot more sexual with Thriftworks coming on immediately after.
The ballroom’s vibes and capacity were at its peak by the time Jake Atlas, aka Thriftworks, took control of the decks. Setting up his signature black Terry D laptop, the glitch hop began to flow as the crowd moved any way they could to the rumbling bass beneath their feet.
Playing select tracks from his newest three album release, Fade, Fader and Fadest, the abundance of love that Colorado has for this West coast producer was shown as the night’s energy shot through the roof. Russ Liquid made an appearance onstage as Jake announced they’d be performing the first song the two had ever collaborated on.
The crowd went nuts. These two on the same stage creates an magnifying vibe that makes it hard to look away from; their entire performance had the crowd glued to the stage, dancing as though the night were on fire. This proved to be the perfect remedy for those festival homesick blues, and we have Templo, Thriftworks and Russ Liquid to thank for it.
All photos by Tai Carpenter.