Live Review: L D R U @ The Triffid
With VB’s eagerly awaiting him on the decks, rising star of the electronic scene LDRU brought his ‘Keeping Score’ tour to The Triffid last Friday night, and boy were we in for a show!
Sporting his own LDRU t-shirt and headphones at the ready, the young producer launched into his show. He dialed the energy up full blast with one of his original tracks The Tropics. With a little extra dub and bass added to the track, it really got the crowd going and gave us a little taste of what was to come.
In between the guy cutting shapes next to me and the girl perched on someone’s shoulders there was some serious energy pulsating throughout the room, particularly with Missy Elliot’s rework of Jack Ü’s Take Ü There. He provided some intense drops and hardcore bass synthesisers on this track, which definitely appeased all those energetic, wide-eyed youngsters in the crowd.
“Linking each sample was snippets of the crowd-pleasing track Next To You, but LDRU was holding out, and for good reason!”
The combination of the drops and the multi coloured strobes projecting all over The Triffid’s walls, well and truly igniting LDRU’s rave cave. After some bootleg remixes it was time for another original song, Maybe. This was expected in the set list as LDRU’s side project Carmada blew up the Australian airwaves with the single last year. I’m not too sure if it was the anticipation for the chorus drop of “Maybe” or the beach ball being thrown around the crowd, but everyone went crazy!
Next up was of one of my favourite songs from ‘The Tropics’, You’ve Got To Realise. The track was warped and manipulated with synths and electronic samples that quickly flowed onto 50 Cent’s P.IM.P and Baauer’s rework of Flosstradamus’s Roll Up – lit level 100, right?
Linking each sample was snippets of the crowd-pleasing track Next To You, but LDRU was holding out, and for good reason! “Yeah Brisbane! I have a very special guest give him a warm welcome to the stage!”, and just as the punchy synths and catchy chorus of “You’re all that I need/ Yeah-ah-yeah, yeah-ah-yeah” Savoi jumped on stage and nailed his featured spot on the track! The crowd jumped in unison with the boys and they were loving every second, connecting with the crowd and engaging with the lucky few up the front.
At this point there was no glimpse of slowing down, as Savoi exited the stage LDRU began to play his remix of Miami Horror’s Real Slow. I was pleasantly surprised how many original tracks he played, it gave the show a bit more personality instead of having hours of just “doof doof”.
“LDRU gave us an awesome mix of both bootleg re-mixes and original tracks, all equaling to an awesome night!”
After a few more bootleg remixes from the likes of The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Broods, and the big dawg himself Snoop “Dee Oh Double Gee”, the lights began to flash colours of purple and green with LDRU enticing the crowd to clap alongside him and at that point we knew what was coming next. As the crowds claps grew LDRU took a well-deserved sip of beer as he yelled “Brisbane! I’ve got one last song for you!”. And then we heard it… the high-pitched synth intro to Keeping Score.
This was definitely the highlight and perfect end to the night. Paige IV also made an appearance, jumping onstage sporting some long blonde locks and sung those catchy lyrics, “But come what may/ On a later day/ I might get wet/ But its only rain”. The crowd went nuts as LDRU took a step down from the decks and joined the Melbourne songstress for a boogie during the chorus.
The energy of the night was nothing less than crazy with plenty of strobes, drinks in the air, awesome bass-heavy remixes, and some seriously interesting dance moves from the punters in the crowd. LDRU gave us an awesome mix of both bootleg re-mixes and original tracks, all equaling to an awesome night!