Article by: Ryan Hood
Primarily known as an icon of tech house, Claude VonStroke occasionally descends on the bass music community under his Barclay Crenshaw alias. Crenshaw’s self-titled 2017 LP is one of experimental bass music’s essential works, and his DJ sets are must-sees for bass music fans lucky enough to catch him at a show or festival.
His Detroit set is one of four sets planned for 2022. VonStroke selected Detroit for a two-day run of shows over the Halloween weekend: Night 1 was an open-to-close VonStroke set and Night 2 was headlined by Crenshaw. Moon Lvnding was on-site for Night 2 with Barclay Crenshaw, who reminded Detroiters why he’s the don no matter the genre he spins.
Crenshaw set the tone for his set by opening with a “Gas Pedal” flip from Michigan-native Super Future. Hip-hop and bass music blended seamlessly throughout the entire set as Crenshaw rinsed subgenres like drum & bass, glitch hop, hybrid trap, and UK dubstep. Crenshaw played tracks from Monty, Visages, Yookie, Lavier, Subtle, and the craziest remix of “Micro” by Kursa I’d ever heard.
Crenshaw’s set perfectly fit the Halloween-party theme as decorations adorned the club's walls and fixtures. Magic Stick is already a fantastic venue with quality sound and lighting display that extends over the crowd. Crenshaw’s visuals are carefully curated and add to the mysticism that surrounds the project.
We’re hoping Crenshaw has more plans for 2023 and beyond. His set at Wakaan Music Festival this year was the talk of the festival and was raved about online in the following weeks. Bass music fans who miss a Crenshaw set are doing themselves a disservice.
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