Poirier Market Square, Royal Athletic Park, Victoria BC, September 13
Published Sep 14, 2014A seamless transition from DJ Applecat to Poirier kicked the Montreal native's set off at Market Square. While a staple in the Canadian electronic scene, an early set time saw a less than deserved turnout for a DJ known for eclectic sets rife with world music, and with a focus on soca. Only a handful of tracks in, Poirier had moved from electro to techno and made a seamless transition to hip-hop laced with thick bass. An abrupt shift to a soca mash-up layered with grime undertones pulled the crowd from the overhead balconies to the front stage for a proper view of the show.
He seemed to hit a lag midway through, the interest and energy hitting a plateau, the diversity Poirier is know for in his sets waning significantly. After the dip, a sloppy transition into gritty electro thickened the crowd, and an unexpected drift into dancehall restored the momentary flub. Poirier rounded out the set with D&B that flipped back into soca, but the entirety was, if anything, a touch underwhelming.
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