Drum ’n’ bass masters

By DAVID DAY  |  February 12, 2007

If Elements is the leading subculture in Boston, Soul Revival is a very close second. This Saturday, the deep-house lovefest brings in one of the world’s greatest DJs, OSUNLADE. The founder of the Yoruba label, and with releases on top-shelf labels like BBE and Soul Jazz, Osunlade is respected worldwide. He’s even a Ifa priest (the major religion of the Yoruba people). Osunlade’s beats are primarily in 4/4, but there’s so much tribal drumming and indigenous African rhythms, you’ll swear you’re in Nigeria. Opening, of course, are the Soul Revivalists themselves: ADAM GIBBONS and KC HALLETT. The once-a-month party takes place at Villa Victoria in the South End on the first Saturday of each month. Their advice? Get there early.

And more from our Boston brothers out in the world: STEVE PORTER, who DJs regularly at the NYC superclub Crobar, is primed to drop Porterhouse Vol. 2 on March 13. The two-CD set boasts an astonishing 57 tracks blended together to the maximum, 14 of them his own remixes and original productions. Not one to sleep, Porter is also launching his own label in 2007: PH Recordings. Despite his worldwide popularity (upcoming tour dates include Budapest and Paris), Boston’s leading funky house master is launching his CD tour right here in Basstown this Saturday at the after-hours club Rise. If you’re up for it, you can catch Osunlade and Porter all in one long, long night.

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