Gramtik is a Dj hailing from Europe who grew up listening to American jazz, funk, and soul. He has put out 4 or 5 mix tapes in his early career called the street bangers series which he described as “hip hop on steroids.” He is now on Pretty lights label, which everyone knows is unleashing pure innovation and bringing the best music to the world. Fresh off of just selling out Red Rocks two weeks ago, I was at that show and will admit that it was the greatest concert I have been blessed to see. So coming from Red Rocks to Greeley, I was intrigued to see what Gramatik could cook up. The electronic and hip hop producer went Ronnie Coleman to Af Rays, as he truly lifted the roof off the building like his tables were infused with HGH.
The night in Greeley was already absurd from the Block Party, where the massive crowd at Cheba Hut was treated to some gems of musical talents all night including local band Trichome. After that, most bars in Greeley were throwing after parties with different bands performing until last call. Trichome was able to play at Club Skyy and Ben Pu was able to rock the P-BOX, but for the lucky people that went to AF Rays that night, they got experience one of the most transcendent electronic music sets I have been able to see. It was like being able to see Jimi Hendrix in a small flat or club in London.
The local crew Arisduhkatz opened the Af Rays show and dropped some of the hottest dubstep mixes I have heard in a while. From 9 to 11 they had beads rolling down the loyal gang of dancers raging and stomping holes in the floor at Rays. I suggest you check these guys out when they do Crabtree Brewery or anywhere else in Greeley because they are very precise when it comes to good music.
After the hard bass and synth’s we rec’d from the 2 hours of dub step destruction I was preparing for some chilled out beats and samples to soothe my ears into a night cap, but man was I in for a surprise. I am not sure if hanging out with Michel Menert and Derek Smith from Pretty Lights has influenced Gramatik, but his set was absolutely ground breaking from anything I had ever heard and mimicked a lot of PL’s sound. He even did a remix to “Hot like Dimes” that had everyone jumping. He proceeded to blend his infamous samples and hip hop foundation with very clean but nasty bass. I know Oxymoron right, well no moronic about it, the ears who heard that night got a 5 star cuisine with tiramisu. His breaks and drops were so mesmerizing I forgot we were in Greeley and not Morrison Colorado underneath stars and lights! This is why Pretty Lights Label is nothing to F with! As swift as he came, he was out, but for the fortunate ragers, bass-heads, and hip hop enthusiasts, it was a show that they nor I will ever forget.