Toddla T – Boiler Room DJ Set
Pairs well with…Diplo, Ragga riddims, Timbaland
How do I explain? DJs : Toddla T :: welding torch : loom. Hailing from Sheffield, England, aka Steel City, the young DJ producer combines a deft technical mixing skill and an aged, wise music choice. The man is humbly accomplished, the hungry headliner looking to squeeze more from the present set than he did from the last.
I often fall back on an artist’s BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix as evidence of his or her propensity for electronic music greatness, and in the case of Toddla T, this approach is completely justified. According to an interview with the We Are Massiv outfit, Toddla T used his first Essential Mix appearance to escort listeners through the tunes and styles comprising his formative years. Google it and you won’t be disappointed. The man loves beats, it is apparent, and vocal elements including disparate styles of song and rap. Disco and dancehall, rap, reggae, bass, garage, house, drum & bass and grime. His sound selection is a cornucopia of danceable beats, the envy of other DJs. It’s sincere and clearly researched, a compendium of music spanning decades in real time and surely countless hours of contemplative listening by the DJ himself—however long it takes to find the correct blend for one or two hours. The impeccably seasoned Brian Ramirez is the only other DJ in my listening radius who can ably bring this breadth of styles to a single party.
Aside from Toddla T’s sixth sense of selection is his technical prowess. It is one thing to choose the right tracks or to blend a few pieces together, but quite another to hand pick a variety of music, from different eras and styles, of varying tempos and to align them in a continuous, pleasing set. Sort of like the best umpire or referee is the one you hardly notice when he is on the job, a good DJ does not draw attention to the fact that he’s transitioning from track to track. Toddla T fully embodies this fleeting virtue. It’s the skill, the song choice, and the overall vibe emanating from his work. Just the beginning for Toddla T, it’s not over, not over, not over, not over yet…