HiFi Club, Calgary
From the unlikely origin of Lancaster, the youthful beat bandits that brand themselves Bondax set foot on Canadian soil to be greeted by an overwhelmingly joyous response. This reaction was completely justified with all things considered as the charismatic duo delivered a DJ set that was hands down the best show that I have experienced all year. Adam and George (Bondax) who are merely the tender age of 18 and 19 have truly made their mark on the global electronic scene. The tune-crafting teenagers already hold ownership to ‘Justus’; a label bursting with some of the freshest producers (George Maple, Karma Kid, Panda, Sweater Beats, TCTS) and in addition to this, they have satisfied an abundance of ears with their irresistibly indulgent sound.
An easy way to describe their delectable tunes would be to chuck them under the giant umbrella term of ‘radio friendly house’ along with other contemporary acts such as Dislosure and Julio Bashmore. However, this description proves to be inadequate in cataloguing Bondax. Although their music contains elements of liquid yet often fragmented synth tones that characterize archetypal house, these elements amalgamate with crisp, body-popping rhythms that Bondax can be proud to call their own.
The 2 hour set that the boys served up to the beat-thirsty crowd of Calgarians was one littered with body shaking anthems spanning from the 90s right up to the present day. I almost wanted to clear the dancefloor and skid on my knees school-disco style as they dropped old smash-hits including Modjo’s noughties classic ‘Lady (Hear Me Tonight)’, and garage anthem ‘Girls Like Us’ by B15 Project. However, I was launched back in to modern day as they dropped tracks such as Ben Pearce’s soulful ‘What I Might Do’ plus several other tracks that pop up in the Boiler Room sets of Skream and Disclosure. Unfortunately, I do not have enough space to list the countless number of crowd-pleasers that were hurled in to the audience that night; however, with the addition of their own material Bondax were certainly successfully in defrosting a crowd which had waited patiently in anticipation outside to catch the Lancaster lads.
After chatting to them following the show they confessed that they were in fact only expecting to play a one hour set (this might explain why ‘Gold’ and ‘Baby I Got That’ both received two plays) but nevertheless the set flowed flawlessly. The only brief interlude that featured in the set was marked by the following statement: ‘my mind’s telling me no, but my body, my body’s telling me yes’. Once the wise words of R. Kelly had been uttered, the rhythms reappeared to dispatch a delicious remix of his timeless masterpiece: ‘Bump N’ Grind’.
However, the highlight of the night’s proceedings came with the conclusion of the set as ‘Baby I Got That’, a track characterised by its snappy piano chords, bouncy beat and undeniably catchy vocal line received it’s second play. As if this didn’t have the crowd flinging their arms in excitement enough, this track then collided with Snoop Dogg and Pharrell’s booty-wiggling jam ‘Beautiful’ and it was at this point that the night reached a colossal peak. The once ice cold audience were now reveling in their own body heat and in unison they sung out the a cappella that indicated the end of the song and furthermore, the end of what was an insane night.
Words: George Hemmati