Published Aug 14, 2012Atlanta-based drum 'n' bass trio Evol Intent epitomize something of a coming-together for the dualistic nature of rave culture.
On the one hand, their politically punchy, aurally aggression style hits on the hip-hop-tinged, chest-thumping side of the junglist/dubstep scene. Yet, representing the crew at Shambhala was Gigantor (aka Mike Diasio), the rather soft, bearded gentleman whose persistent smile practically screamed "hug me" without saying a word. Plus, their logo, beaming out through the visuals and the odd shirt behind him onstage, is a big heart with "Evol" ("love" spelled backwards) in it, which taps into the more PLUR-style plush raver side of the culture.
It's a complex beast, that Evol Intent.
As the last hints of daylight dissipated overhead, Gigantor's selection of hardstep DnB, dubstep and IDM took full advantage of the epic PK soundsystem, filling out the floor with brilliant costumes and bringing the typically carnivalesque atmosphere of the Village to life in perfect time.