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- Posted on Dec 5th 2010 7:00PM by Arielle Castillo
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Saturday night (Dec. 4), the finishing flourish for the under-35 set was a 12-hour party dubbed Basel Castle. Organized by the Miami-birthed creative collective and party promoters known as the Overthrow, it was an afternoon-into-wee-hours marathon that began at 5PM Saturday and ran until 5AM the next morning.
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For a $5 entry fee -- among the cheapest in town last night -- partiers wandered an indoor/outdoor warren dotted by promoters dressed as actual knights. Yes, there was art, including a mini midway sponsored by the San Francisco-based company Tott Global and carnival games designed by artists like Ron English and Tara McPherson. Inside, Atlanta-based creative agency/gallery A Better View sold graffiti art books, T-shirts and psychedelic prints by artists like Iain Macarthur. Sales probably goosed considerably by the $2.50 drinks.
Back in the venue's sprawling center courtyard, though, the party was all about music, with DJs slowly hyping the crowd over the hours between sets by particularly dance-friendly performers. Earlier in the evening, this meant slightly softer fare, like Miami/Brooklyn artist Jesp's disco and freestyle-inflected electro-pop.
Things got harder and clubbier after midnight when Baltimore club-rap firecracker Rye Rye took the stage. Although she was hyped as an M.I.A. protégé as a young teen, she became a mother and subsequently fell out of the public eye somewhat over the last year.
Now, she seems hungrier than ever to take back her spot, ripping through a relentlessly fast-paced show that she spent, it seemed, continuously bouncing. Her lightning-speed vocalizing is part rapping, part singing and lots of straight party-hyping, which, combined with her favored bass-heavy B-more beats, creates a concoction that's dizzying but infectious. She and her three male backup dancers must also get their required levels of fitness through their nonstop, coordinated aerobic bouncing.
After a half hour or so of slightly twisted DJ dance selections -- Caligula's dark dubstep remix of Rick Ross' 'B.M.F.' for one -- it was time for another surprise hit of the evening, Theophilus London. He's another artist who's nominally labeled a rapper, but who casts a wide sonic net, mashing new wave onto club beats and sprinkling it with Britpop references.
Sporting a John Wayne-worthy cowboy hat, he worked the stage solo like a pro, gamely picking up the stuttering, club-beat thread left by Rye Rye. He flexed his mood muscles a bit though, airing out two new songs that tended almost towards moody synth-pop balladry before zipping right back to bangers. This meant, bizarrely, a crowd-slaying rendition of 'Always Love U,' a selection from his 2009 effort, 'This Charming Mixtape,' which samples, yes, 'The Bodyguard' theme song. Whitney Houston hasn't sounded so fresh in decades.