Trip hop and Movember, together at last

Local DJ and J’aime le Dubstep/High on Beats cofounder Construct throws a trip hop party for Movember, in memory of his fallen friend and fellow DJ Jay Hamilton.


J’aime le Dubstep/High on Beats founder Construct, aka Marc LaTulippe, is perhaps best known for bringing the big, sweaty, club-filling beats, but the avid Movember participant — who’s currently rocking a “classic North American, Tom Selleck-action” ‘stache — will be going for something a little more downtempo for The Upper Lip, his Movember fundraiser happening tomorrow night at le Bleury-Bar à Vinyle.

Although he’s been involved with Movember for three years now (he even shaved off his everyday moustache at the start of the month in solidarity with his Movember crew), after his longtime friend and fellow DJ Jay Hamilton passed away from colon cancer last month, LaTulippe was inspired to put on a show to help bring in even more donations to his Movember team.

“We’re trying something a little different. I usually play a lot of upbeat bass music, but this time we’re doing a show that’s more focused on trip hop and broken beat elements, so it’s a more relaxed atmosphere,” he says. “I won’t say it’s for older people, because anyone can enjoy the music, but we’re going for a more refined affair in memory of a good friend.”

A great many of you might view trip hop as a ’90s throwback, and while LaTulippe promises to inject some Massive Attack and Portishead into his set, expect a lot of current, instrumental hip hop and Ninja Tune-based artists as well. Imagine the styles of music a working DJ might be inclined to listen to while relaxing at home.

“It’s a lot of music that I’ve collected throughout my career but I’ve never really had a chance to play if I’m playing a rave at 4 a.m. or a big club night,” he says.

On the J’aime le Dubstep front, the site is in the midst of a rebrand. In a few weeks, it’ll officially become High on Beats, and while dubstep will continue to get its due, the crew will also embrace a wider range of electronic genres. ■

The Upper Lip, with DJs Construct, Lexis, Bliss and Def Child, happens Wednesday, Nov. 28 at le Bleury Bar à Vinyle (2109 Bleury) 10 p.m., suggested donation $5. Stick-on moustaches will be available on-site.

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