Although the U.K.-based Freestylers definitely drop some breaks in their tunes, when they play, plenty of other sounds creep into their music as well. Hip-hop grooves, drum ’n’ bass, electro and dancehall all combine on the
Freestylers’ party tracks. Ragga, siren sounds, electro, booty-shaking bits and snippets of many dance tracks seamlessly blend to make up “A Different Story Edit.” Meanwhile “Painkiller” starts out slow and eerie and grows to sounding so rowdy, it’s hard not to think about the song igniting a mosh pit at a show. Even though they’ve collaborated with MCs, scratch DJs and people rockin’ drums, guitar and bass, it’s Matt Cantor and Aston Harvey who always play as the Freestylers. Still, don’t count on all funky breaks and breakbeat mashups all night, for word has it that they like to play other styles, like funky house, as well. (Mary Susan Littlepage)
Freestylers, with DJ Deekline, DJ Icon, Brazen and New Guard residents Keith Mackenzie and Local Hero at Smart Bar, 3730 North Clark, (773)549-0203, on March 13 from 10pm-4am. $7 before midnight, $10 after.