What did you do for fun in high school? My friends and I always used to love snagging a car from one of our parents and heading out into the night to ride around and get into whatever fun stuff we could find. This act of joyriding became essential to our friendships and to this day, it is one of the most enjoyable activities to do in the City of Philadelphia. There is always so much to discover while cruising around. Every once in awhile, you can find a musical act in the electronic industry that somehow finds a way to embody the enjoyment of an activity and push those feelings into their music and their performances. Speaking of joyriding, there is a special little maniac from the UK who has been putting this feeling on display for fans from all over the world. Coincidentally, his name is Joyryde, and he just so happened to be in the beautiful City of Brotherly love this past Friday night, May 11. Attendees flocked to 17th and Walnut and entered Coda, one of our favorite venues in the city, in order to get their fix of the chaotic style of Joyryde.
Starting in the drivers seat that night, was local duo Gordon Bombay who have been on a campaign of live shows in the past year, making a serious case for themselves as one of the better acts in Philly’s local scene. Their perfect combination of dubstep sounds and house orchestrations incorporate genres of bass house, G house, deep house, and much more. With each performance, they seem to garner more fans, more attention, and consistently better mixing and song selection. These two are on a fast rise to the top in Philly, and we have a feeling that other cities are going to love them as well when they begin to expand out of the limits of our city. If you want to check them out, they have a monthly event entitled The Flying V Series at Kung Fu Necktie, which not only supports them, but also some of the other extremely talented local acts in our city. We highly suggest getting aboard the Gordon Bombay train as soon as you can.
Earlier than his slot called for, Joyryde took the stage to massive roars from the crowd. We were a bit confused to see him on stage at about 12:10 AM instead of 12:30 AM, but we definitely weren’t upset; the more Joyryde we got, the better. Over the next two hours and change, this UK talent took us on a journey through arguably every single style of electronic music, focusing in on his signature, and easily distinguishable, style of jackin’ house. From the first drop of the night, flawless mixing, song selection combining aspects of hip-hop, UK grime, house, dubstep, trap, and a jam packed series of energetic reactions from both the crowd and the man on stage himself, brought together the entirety of Coda into one synchronized party.
Security team members were enjoying themselves, the bartenders were dancing, and it seemed that not only did Joyryde have the crowd captivated, but the employees of the club as well. This is not something you see every day, and our final deliberation is that Joyryde is not the type of talent you can catch on any average night. As of right now, Joyryde is quickly moving up the charts, bringing more and more electronic enthusiasts into his Ryders crew, and overall bringing together crowds who prefer both sides of the house/bass music dichotomy that exists in modern day electronic music. If there is one name to watch right now, Joyryde is it. Truly, it’s only a matter of time until this legend-to-be is headlining some of the biggest festivals and stages around the world. Our hats are off to you Joyryde, you really know how to take us on the joyride of a lifetime!
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[Article by Adam Leopold]
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