DJ Blink and XU get dark and dirty with age
BY OLIVIA LEE
Five years after LapSap was born and two years since their first LitterAll Show at a Heineken Green Room event—and with music and image synced gigs surging in clubs—DJ Blink and XU knew it was time to revive their video-based project.
LapSap staged their LitterAll Show, part deux, comeback at the recent Fatboy Slim gig in KL with a more geometric take on their work. What they projected on the LED screens was created on the premise that "it's been two years", so the visuals had to show evolution.
The new black and white scheme gave a darker feel to the project. Gone were the "found footage and custom animation" from their display, which took three months to create—but the image feast was nonetheless a real trip.
"The music, visuals, everything involved, even with us as a brand has grown," said Blink after their hour-long opening act. "The new direction is more serious than it was previously." Their set was "pretty deep", as he described, in an effort to do something new but stay true to their electro roots.
Blink, who credits DJ Laidback Luke as a music production mentor, seemed pleased with the show. As for when clubbers can expect LitterAll part three, Blink told Daily Chilli he couldn't say for sure but hoped it would be on a bigger stage with "bigger LEDs and a greater set-up".
"We don't know when the next one is, or what music we'll play, but when the time comes we'll do a good show," he assured.
Also returning with an updated video show was Brighton legend Fatboy Slim aka Norman Cook. The 48-year-old British DJ presented a mind-bending myriad of images perfectly synced to a mash-up of techno-trance anthems, with hints of his hits Rockafella Skank, Right Here Right Now and Star 69.
Even Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody was chucked into the mix, but the most surprising was when he changed the lyrics to "I'm in Miami b***h" to "I'm in KL b***h", with a smiley-face map of Malaysia projected on the LEDs.
It's small gestures like this that shows he bothers enough to change things up—although his set ended in two hours with no encore, despite 2,500 people cheering for more. Alas, they were left with the classical strings of Blue Danube as the Fatboy had sung and left the building.
Images: Brandon Lim/Future Sound Asia
Published: 31st July 2012