Victoria Electronic Music Festival 2008 Centennial Square, Victoria BC, August 2 and 3

Victoria Electronic Music Festival 2008 Centennial Square, Victoria BC, August 2 and 3
Hearing electronic versions of War's "Low Rider" (from Dave Armstrong), and Rage Against the Machine's "Killing in the Name,” and "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)” (from Charles Feelgood) at this year's VEMF definitely verified 2008 as the summer of the remix. An energized Angry Samoan got things rolling Saturday afternoon, properly tearing from record to record like an animal bounding through the bush and frenzying house grooves along the way in a manner rarely heard. Halifax's Jay Hamilton then smoothed the beat with a line of regionally-loved harder house and electro beats introducing an electro space-trance sound with his selected version of Sneaker Pimp's "Spin, Spin Sugar.” Dave Armstrong was right behind on a big club sound that dropped heavy and transitioned to soulful with a hard house version of "Insane in the Membrane” by Cypress Hill and later playing house classic "Show Me Love” by Robin S. Terry Mullan played to the crowd somewhat unforgivably with upbeat and bass-driven tracks that spun down the road of trance without quite delivering the goods.

Sunday showed a similar turnout, with people jamming the square as early as 4pm. Locals Fractal vs. Matt What showed a seriously surprising mix of skills using six turntables, an electric guitar with three different effects pedals, and an effects machine spitting out glitzy, chunky and bright noises. Their big sound glowed with an underground flair breaking expectations of the mainstream. Charles Feelgood played faultlessly with beauty to guide us, dropping versions of Inner City's "Good Life,” Stardust's "Music Sounds Better With You,” and Michael Jackson's "Bad.” He revitalized new energy into those classic tracks and others. King Britt played next, all foxy and vibrant, his tracks bringing a soulful momentum of super-groove horns, vocals, and jazz piano, circa Roxy Blu 1999. San Fran’s DJ Irene closed the party down transitioning through break-beat, electro and house. This woman rocked the party and everyone was "jacking like back in the day.” As fireworks went off overhead she dropped "Show Me Love” for the second time that weekend.

As a free event, VEMF did a fantastic job in sharing underground electronic music both with long-time fans and interested passers-by. Victoria's still a world-class city for underground electronic music and undoubtedly still feels "all good.”