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Girl Unit To FINALLY Play First Chicago Show

By Jake Guidry in Arts & Entertainment on Jul 27, 2011 7:00PM

2011_girlunit.jpg When the original Girl Unit appearance in March was cancelled due to work Visa issues, many fans were left frustrated. For those longing for a deeper UK bass presence in Chicago, the cancellation was a lost opportunity, a "what if" moment in 2011's club scene narrative. But what could have simply ended at that, simply did not. The folks behind that original booking - a determined lot - worked hard to bring it back. And this time they've upped the ante, bringing Girl Unit to Chicago's best club, Smart Bar. We haven't been this excited for a show in a long, long time.

Philip Gamble, a.k.a. Girl Unit, is a bit of a crunk revivalist, envisioned through the lens of UK funky, grime and dubstep. His anthemic 2010 tune, "Wut", has been a staple in sets all over the world since it's dropped - and it's not even his best production (we think that award probably goes to "Shade On" or "Showstoppa"). He's also a maestro of the remix, having done fantastic work with Katy B and C.R.S.T. To put it in as few words as possible, Girl Unit represents an exciting, fresh take on club music - something this city so desperately needs and deserves.

Girl Unit will be joined by Quadratic, Kyle Stewart (of Hot Biscuits), and Mertz. Be prepared for one of the most bass-heavy nights in a long time.

Girl Unit is Thursday, July 28, Smart Bar, 3730 N. Clark, $5 (FREE w/ Student ID before midnight), 21+