North Coast Music Festival 2011, Saturday: RJD2 with Break Science
This summer I have, without a doubt, earned my festival merit badge. After the downpours at Lollapalooza, I entered into a rainy second day at North Coast with boy scout-like preparation. Well, a rain coat, water proof pack and, the crucial Ziplock for my phone.
The weather gods smiled on RJD2 at least, letting up just in time for the stoned-beats maker to drop the needle on his Mad Men theme song. Juggling between funk samples, hip-hop acapellas and turns at the MPC, the DJ-producer was joined by drummer Beat Science, upping the head nod factor by ten.
The chunkiness of the live drumming also recalled early DJ Shadow, a comparison RJ is unlikely to ever shake. But who cares? The hypnotic bangers sound great.