Tantrum Desire Rock Pit, Salmo BC August 10

Tantrum Desire Rock Pit, Salmo BC August 10
One of the most impressive things about Tantrum Desire's set at Shambhala was that once it started, it was a nonstop barrage of drum 'n' bass -- a relentless attack on the senses that had the packed Rock Pit reeling after 90 minutes. No between-song callouts to the audience, or shout-outs to the neighbouring DJs; in fact, if the London, UK drum 'n' bass duo, pared down here to a solo act, even stopped long enough to thank the audience near end-set, it was lost in a blissful state of complete ear fuck.

Of course, Tantrum Desire's signature track, "Reach Out," was on prominent display for the late-night Rock Pit set, played out and remixed, warped and pushed to the ultimate limits. This would have been the completely wrong time to bring the naysaying local grannies through on tour of the Shambhala festival site -- surely this ten-minute thrashing was the kind of thing that would further some people's theories about the "devil's music."

The set's epicness didn't seem to phase Tantrum Desire, though, with a head buried in the decks, focusing intently on blowing the collective Shambhala mind. And despite some sound issues throughout the set, well, consider mind blown.