When the Infesticons walked on to the XOYO stage with Mike Ladd rocking his trademark Cambridge, Massachusetts swagger, he told the crowd “the ‘Infesticons were here’ and that, quite frankly was that.
Mike Ladd is a man who has a natural presence on stage. A natural prescence honed by years of rocking shows under a variety of personnas. He has an easy manner which communicates everything to the 250 strong crowd that a good front man should.
And after the show, Mike gave 64bar the background to the project: “The Infesticons show told the story of the 1st ever infecticon Gat!Batutta aka infesticon 0,” he explained.
“It’s something about building a fort on the southern tip of the Aezores and shooting down any slaveship insight, then I did my 1st ever freestyle about Infesticon 3 in Stalingrad, that was interesting. Ya know, somethin for the ladies”
And after coming from the stage, Mike bigged up his Infesticons partners. “What makes the Show move is Juice and Damali, can’t think of two better cats to work with.”
He is of course referring to Juice Aleem from New Flesh and NY’s finest drummer Damali Young, who set XOYO on fire with tight, tight performances.
64 bar resident reporter Remdog was at the show. He said “I hadn’t seen this band play for a couple of years and last time I saw them they were still touring their second album, ‘Beauty party‘. This, however, was the ultimate conclusion to the trilogy.”
Remdog contined: “Bedford Park’ is a stand out album, performed faultlessly by a hardened touring band. Ladd’s rendition of ‘The tale of Black Stalin‘ over the most intense yet minimal beat I’ve ever heard from him was quite simply amazing!”
The crowd at XOYO went absolutely mental, and without doubt this was the high point of the hour long show.
Remdog continued: “People cite the whole Brainfeeder sound as completely groundbreaking and the sound of now, but Mike Ladd, along with many of his Def Jux, Big Dada and Ozone peers was pioneering that sound when those cats were still watching Looney Tunes cartoons.”
“He still has it, he still rocks it and he still surrounds himself with the most talented MCs and musicians he can find.”
He’s back in the UK in April, for full details keep an eye on Google, miss him and you’ll be kicking yourself til the cows come home.
Mike Ladd also dropped a beat on 64:5, Buzz Buzz.. It found it’s way into the middle of the mix just ahead of Becy’s excellent “Wolves in my head” track – hunt in down, other essential Mike Ladd listening include Welcome to the afterfuture – (Ozone Records)Bedford Park – (Big Dada).
Here’s a link to an Infestion track posted on Soundcloud via Ninja Tune, it served as a promo for thier ‘Kick Anthem’ track and has had over 6000 plays on the platform.