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When Nucleya dropped the bass in Delhi, with his Raja and Rani

An honest review of all the things you missed if you weren’t at Nucleya’s Bass Yatra in Delhi

brunch Updated: Sep 20, 2016 01:48 IST
Nucleya,Su Real,Mojo Jojo
(Nishant Matta; Source: Facebook.com/nucleya)

F**k that sh*t! F**k that sh*t! F**k that sh*t!

That is how Nucleya, the most popular EDM artist in India today was welcomed by the few thousand-strong crowd at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium last night. It was the Delhi-edition of his eight-city Bass Yatra that the DJ is on to launch his new album, Raja Baja. Yes, that’s how big Nucleya is – he gets his very own multi-city, sold-out concerts for even an album launch!

Getting back to that censored chant... As far as how music concerts in the Capital usually go, we’ll forgive you if you mistake that for the rowdiness of a drunken crowd. But, “F**k that sh*t” is, in fact, a slogan from one of Nucleya’s more famous songs, which the crowd was chanting only too enthusiastically.

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The venue was packed. Yet the hip crowd milled around peacefully, drinking energy drinks, eating overpriced cart food and having a jolly high time. Credit the no-alcohol policy at the venue if you will, but the swarm of 20- and 30- somethings was exceptionally well-behaved, and patient. Hell, they even enjoyed the opening acts to the hilt.

A word about the opening acts here – especially Delhi boy Mojo Jojo. The electronic artiste was a real stunner with his heavy bass mixes and crossover numbers. Thanks to him, the crowd was superbly warmed up for Su Real to come on stage next. But the RJs from the sponsoring radio channel who appeared instead plummeted the tempo right down. Total blasphemy!

Su Real seemed to be trying a little too hard to please. No one wants to go to a bass-heavy EDM show and listen to low energy electro-house mixes of your regular chartbusters. The only saving grace for Su Real was another Delhi native – Tanya Nambiar, vocalist of alternative band Gravy Train. Her husky voice wooed the crowd as she jammed on stage with Su Real on two tracks from his new album, Twerkistan.

You know Nucleya is on stage when he’s introduced by his own new song thus, “Iss DJ ki kahani ek kalpana nahi hai. Yeh manghadant sangeet zaroor banata hai, lekin dilon ko choota hai (The story of this DJ isn’t fictional. He makes imaginary music, but he touches the heart).” Bhayanak Atma from his new album sent the crowd into a tizzy. The scene was reminiscent of what went down at Bass Rani’s launch last year in Mumbai during a Ganesh visarjan.

The stage had incredibly trippy graphics and lights to follow the music (Satarupa Paul)

The next two hours saw the more hardcore amongst us transition from mad desi moves to cool hip hop as easily as Nucleya’s beats changed from local drum strokes to dubstep tempos. It helped that he played almost all the familiar tracks from his old albums Bass Rani and Koocha Monster. Special mention to the Wolves here, who put up an extraordinarily trippy stage design with some incredible lights and graphics.

But even with it all, two hours may have proved a little too long even for this tireless performer – the music seemed to sag a bit in between, and big chunks in the crowd went off looking for refreshments right in the middle of the headlining act.

But Nucleya is the bass king not for nothing! He made sure that the crowd had one last crazy dance for the night. Take Me There, the first track from the new album that he released online a few weeks ago, was the sign off. And what a sign off it was! We sure can’t wait to see him drop his bass live again soon.

From HT Brunch, September 19, 2016

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First Published: Sep 19, 2016 23:29 IST