Sixty percent of the time, it works every time.
That isn’t the motto of Montreal’s own Black Tiger Sex Machine — but it might’ve been, if Anchorman hadn’t beaten them to the punch. The local trio, consisting of the lupine-monikered Foxed Up, Marx Menace and Wolfcall, will bring the sounds of leather-and-liquor brolectro to the Montreal Jazz Festival on Saturday night.
The three DJs are only half of the performance tomorrow, which includes several more of the Kannibalen crew. The project refers to BTSM’s own Kannibalen Records, an electro and dubstep label the trio began in 2011. Tomorrow’s event will present by six DJs from the label, all of them purveying sexed-up electro-house and related sounds guaranteed to rock the house.
BTSM have been a mainstay of the Montreal nightlife for several years now, and are regulars at Belmont. They’ve opened for, or otherwise worked with, such luminaries as Calvin Harris, Danger and Excision. According to the Black Tiger Sex Machine official site, the BTSM experience combines “tracks, loops, samples and synths into an intense barrage of sounds and beats, all while wearing our trademark Tiger Helmets.”
Yes indeed. Following in the footsteps of Daft Punk and Deadmau5, whose sinister helmets are now as iconic as their crowd-pleasing synth lines, Black Tiger Sex Machine have taken the route of anonymity, at least where their performances are concerned. Their angular, LED-lit shocktrooper helms keep the focus off their prettyboy looks and on their music – which is powerful, abrasive and utterly funky. Amazingly enough, the sound isn’t far from Deadmau5 blended with some pre-RAM Daft Punk. Like a hammer to the face, it ain’t subtle, but it works.
Basically, if you’re a molly-popping 19-year-old, or you just want to meet one, tomorrow’s your night. (And, if we’re being perfectly honest with ourselves — who doesn’t?) Hydrate yourself and get ready. In the meantime, we leave you with a killer cut from the animals themselves…