Despite a series of torrential downpours, the good-time party people (and one of the friendliest crowd I’ve partied with in all of Sydney), turned out to Bar Broadway’s first floor on a tempestuously rainy Friday night, to begin an evening packed with top-quality beats and breaks, in a Hip Hop-Jazz-Funk-groove-yo’ass-get-down-mash-up stylee. Easy Now.
The Dusttone party people hosted a night showcasing the self-titled debut album from producer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and DJ Flow Dynamics, AKA Dave McKinney. Awarded the WAM song of the year prize for electronic dance music in 2006 and nominated for a host of others, his music features internationally on a variety of platforms including original music and lyrics, remixes and one-offs.
This bad-boy came to a little town called Sydney and made one hell of a funky mess. Fantastic. Capital Funk.
Easing into his set with a few choice jazz and soul inspired cuts of historic and dance-a-bility note, Flow Dynamics’ own favourites included a mash-up of ‘Giorgio’s brother’, a ‘Lack of Afro’ vs ‘Cmon on & get it’ mix, with a little jazz flute and scratching over an Eddie Roberts’s Roughneck original. His own ‘Live In The Mix’ turned up the funk, and the ‘Superjam’ vs ‘Shock your mind’ remix started well and ended even better.
Smoothly dropping ‘Renegade Master’ into a funk/soul/jazz and rare-groove set was quite the accomplishment. Flow Dyanmics took the edge off the raw mix and made it his own, and followed with a quite breathtaking amalgam of new and old, including ‘Everybody loves the sunshine’ – which on the same weekend of Notting Hill carnival in London, took me straight to Norman Jay’s Good Times Sound System for some good old-fashioned sharing of the love.
Flow Dynamics has an easy, accomplished style, only possible when you truly master your art. He knows what he’s doing and what he likes, and delivers it very well. There is no hint of pushing it over the commercial edge, unless you really want him to, and he showed that dipping your toes in doesn’t do anyone any harm. It can actually feel very nice.
Using a combination of Serato, Ableton Live and MIDI controllers, this is a technically and musically gifted individual. Often playing most of the instruments on his own cuts, his live DJ set brings happiness to an occasionally hard-to-please crowd. And my feet. I do not exaggerate when I say that his set flowed so well, and kept up the mix at such a pace, that I forgot to write a thing whilst he was on-deck.
Flow Dynamics goes down a storm internationally, in all his musical guises, being spun regularly by influential DJ’s such as the inimitable Gilles Peterson (UK). The forthcoming European tour is highly anticipated by many appreciators of a true jazz-funk temperament. Look out for the next Flow Dynamics collaboration, the new Soul Harmonics album. And catch him live if you possibly can, you will not be disappointed.