ill esha

1up on Colfax quickly established itself as the place to be on Wednesday nights in Denver. Summer may be over, but Re:Up Wednesdays continue to bring the heat. Last week’s event featured a mind-blowing performance from Ill-esha. Modern Measure, the duo from Atlanta, Georgia, got the dance floor moving with their genre-bending high energy bass set featuring live drums and, much to my ecstatic pleasure, a healthy splash of liquid drum n’ bass. After catching the tail end of Modern Measure’s 808-driven set at North Coast Music Festival last weekend, I was shocked and totally stoked to see them on stage again. I didn’t think the energy on the floor could be any higher when Modern Measure left the stage, but I was sorely mistaken. If anyone was fit to follow such an impressive act it’s Ill-esha. Appropriately sporting Pac-Man leggings, Ill-esha captivated the crowd with her simultaneous singing-DJ’ing-keytar skills: the woman knows how to put on a performance. All elbows were in the air as the artist belted out silken vocals, a melodic complement to the trap 808’s and heavy bass. When the set ended and the lights turned on the dance floor remained packed, as if we were in denial about the show ending. But the party resumes this Wednesday with the legendary drum n’ bass veteran LTJ Bukem. If you like your BPM’s high and your bass low and deep – or if you just want an awesome soundtrack to play arcade games to – you definitely want to be at this one. Find me by the Ms. Pac-Man machine if you’re looking for a challenger.


About Amye Koziel

You are what you listen to.