2012 has been a huge year for electronic music and as it comes to an end many artists are making one last stop in Chicago. This past Friday, Silver Wrapper brought Minnesota, Phutureprimitive, and Haywyre to the Bottom Lounge for the Altered States tour. Within the last few years, 23-year-old music producer Christian Bauhofer, better known as Minnesota has shared stages with Big Gigantic, Paper Diamond, Ghostland Observatory, Excision, and many other huge names in the scene. The future looks incredibly bright for this young producer and his new EP, Altered States, speaks for itself.
A few of us walked into a sold out Bottom Lounge around 11:00pm, quickly grabbed a drink, and headed to the back room to catch Phutureprimitive’s set. The crowd was different from the last few 17+ shows I have been to. The energy was high, but the vibes were chill. The Portland native commanded the stage quickly showing the crowd that he was no amateur. He started his set off with an original song “Predatory Instincts” that got the crowd moving, while many lined the walls spinning poi and hula hooping. He filled the air with melodic and ambient tunes that had heavy electro bass influences. Some highlights were “Tear Drop” by Massive Attack (Phutureprimitive remix) and “Mad World” by Gary Jules (Phutureprimitive remix).
Around midnight, Minnesota took the stage with a bottle of “312” in hand, representing the Chicago beer company. The only two times I had seen Minnesota was when he opened for Big Gigantic on their last tour and briefly at Electric Forest Festival. This was finally the time where I could see him headline his own show and showcase his talents without any interruptions. He started his set off with “Stil” by Geto Boys followed by the classic track “Hold Up” by Dr. Dre ft. Snoop Dogg (Minnesota VIP Remix), which naturally had the crowd singing along. His sound is easily appealing to everyone because of the way he meshes genres together so effortlessly. “Twerk, twerk, twerk, twerk…” rang through everyone’s eardrums as his new track “Yoga Pants” was dropped. If one song could be called sexy and grimy at the same damn time, this one is it. His new songs are filled with soaring synths, chilled out melodies, and cheeky hip-hop samples creating a new feel to his bass music. Old school hip-hop tracks, electro, and trap, were the focus of the night and some of my favorites were, “Trap My Bitch Up” by Lemi Vice and Action Jackson, “Juicy” by Notorious BIG (Minnesota Dubstep Remix), “Tokyo” by Minnesota, “Ice Cream In It’s Right Place” (Radiohead/ Dorrough mashup) by Minnesota, “Need Your Heart” featuring Kai by Minnesota and “Voodoo” by Bassnectar (Minnesota Remix). This set exceeded my expectations and definitely was a night to remember. If you haven’t listened to his new EP Altered States, download it here!