On Nov. 17, bona fide bass music star Minnesota rolled through Brooklyn to provide fans with one last blast off before the Thanksgiving holiday. The Adventures Through Space and Time Tour made a crash landing into Avant Gardner’s Kings Hall with some of bass music’s rising stars joining him in support.
New York City’s own JEANIE got the night started, successfully warming the crowd up on a frigid New York night before Minnesota’s touring lineup took the stage. Vancouver based duo Pigeon Hole came up next, followed by turntable extraordinaire ZEKE BEATS. Pigeon Hole is a recent signing to Minnesota’s label Outer Realms, and was most recently featured on his Curio Remix EP with their extraterrestrial interpretation of “Dark Crystal.” The duo ran through many of their tracks from both EPs they released in 2018—Noise Parade & Invasion—reaching a peak when they dropped their standout track “Wolves” from Noise Parade.
Whenever ZEKE BEATS takes the stage, he brings a breath of fresh air and energy into the room because of the rare skill set he possesses. He works on turntables, and his wide-ranging mix of glitchy beats, hip-hop scratching and hard, grinding bass provided a different flavor compared to the rest of the night. For those who did not know ZEKE BEATS’ name prior, chances are they had heard his music and just didn’t know it yet. He’s coming off the release of one of the most highly sought after and secretive IDs in bass music over the last year, “Humanoid 2.0” with his pal EPROM, who played the same room just a few months prior.
At about 1:40 a.m. donning his signature ‘Blast Off’ Minnesota Twins baseball jersey, Christian Bauhofer hit the stage to a crowd patiently awaiting his arrival, with plenty of energy left to give. Throughout his hour and a half set, he ran through his treasure trove of tunes, and truly proved why he is now considered near the top of the bass music hierarchy. Minnesota has had a huge 2018 beginning with the release of his Curio EP back in March, followed by singles “Snake Charmer,” “Final Frontier” and “Burn.” He released a remix EP for Curio just last week, with several of those tunes getting played out throughout the evening as well.
Closing out the night was Jaenga, well known in the festival world for his touring purple school bus that hosts some of the wildest late night after parties. For those who had the energy to remain in the building as the early hours waned, Jaenga absolutely threw down. He too recently released an EP, Toulambi on Zeds Dead’s Deadbeats label. While he is still a relative unknown outside of his Jaenga Bus ventures, it won’t be long before Jaenga becomes a household name.
Overall, this show shaped up to be a legendary event. Kings Hall is a small and loud room on the outskirts of Williamsburg, but it’s starting to feel like a home for bass music. Some of the hottest and heaviest acts in the game have graced this relatively new stage, with only more great things to come.