One of the most difficult things to do in DJ land is to mix drum and bass vinyl.
Yeah, I said it. Er, maybe it’s just me, and my latest lukewarm house mix talking here. But in all seriousness, building and maintaining a crowd by mixing the hyper-tempo, sped-up breakbeats known as drum and bass (or “jungle”) does not come with a sync button or without years of practice. And to subtract any laptops or CDJs from the equation in favor of real life vinyl records makes for something you just flat-out don’t see or hear in Kansas City DJ venues anymore. Thankfully, seasoned EDM vets, El Nomada and DJ P.M.S. (yes, he’s busting out his old jungle alias for this) are here to bring back one of the original bass sounds that had the kids in a frenzy way back in the 90s and early 2000s. If you’re an old school rave-type and haven’t had much to get excited about in our local scene over the past several years due to jadedness or family life, RITMO (which is going down every Wednesday night at the Beaumont Club’s Sidecar offshoot venue) ought to be more than enough inspiration to get your ass to Westport. And while new-schoolers are more than welcome to peek their heads through the door, just remember that what El Nomada and P.M.S. are bringing to the table is nothing short of a delicacy, a rare treat in 2012.