With every passing year it becomes more clear; there’s only one region in the world we could call home outside Toronto. I’d say 75% of everything we love is in South America. Musically, whether it’s Argentina, Brazil, Columbia or Peru, sexy grooves are keeping the floor on the move. It’s a movement we can’t stop trying to be a part of.
Many times we’ve wracked our brains as to how we can get closer to the likes of Ricky Ryan and Felipe Callado. We’re constantly thinking about how to convince Toronto to support these guys so we can justify dishing out the big bucks for their long trip north.
I listen to the music and see the visuals coming from South American parties and it breaks my heart to know North America doesn’t have the same love for the funky stuff. Damn, the first time we were in Argentina it was for a 3000-person event headlined only by Luke Fair. We’ll develop an ulcer trying to get 5% of those numbers on New Year’s Eve to hear him.
But right now it’s the nature of our scene to bang it out, so us house addicts will simply have to wait it out. We figured the Obama years would bring back the soul. Haven’t we had enough of the Bush-like aggression produced by techno?
I guess not, so if you can’t beat’em, join’em…. kind of. In these bringthebeats exclusives compiled while Ricky’s in Peru, he experiments with the darker side of his library. He’s managed to incorporate what’s hot today with the groovier house sounds of our roots; creating the perfect hybrid of the two.
It’s an absolutely interesting trip to end the year. One that puts Ricky’s full arsenal of interest on display, and one that makes us believe this tech stuff could be here to stay.