By Aaron Gi
October the 31st, the end of a month, the beginning of fall colors, and of course, Halloween. Halloween night in Chicago is always one of the biggest nights of the year, with the overabundance of shows to choose from I made the choice to stay funky and get down to The Polish Ambassador. As everyone packed into the Bottom Lounge dressed to impress with their favorite costumes, it was quite the array of vampires, wild animals, Flintstones, and spacemen. TPA was back in town for the first time in just over a year, with an improved production, new music to show off, and some new tricks up his sleeve including a whole new side project called Wildfire (which debatably stole the show). Even on Halloween eve we all knew the best dressed man in the building would clearly be David Sugalski (AKA The Polish Ambassador).
I arrived to the venue just as opener DJ Vadim was finishing his set, the crowd was filling in, and the energy was high. At around 11, folk singer Ayla Nereo and David Sugalski (decked out in a black and gold custom onesie) took the stage for a special and beautiful performance. Separately each artist has created their own artistic identity, and together they have harmoniously created a vocal infused electronic experience by the name of Wildlight.
They played a short but sweet set, the beats were chill sub-layered compositions, with hints of that TPA funk that we’ve come to know and love. Nereo coupled the smooth sounds with her blossoming vocals and mindful lyricism, stopping in between songs reminding us to be grateful and enjoy ourselves. TPA and his crew have always displayed a certain consciousness and elevated mindset that there is not enough of in this world; Wildlight was just another example of the beauty that can come out of these ideals. The set was something unexpected, but not unappreciated, expect to hear more from this dynamic duo soon.
Finally, the moment we had been awaiting, the yellow and blue jumpsuit of destiny. Coupled with the special light performance from Liminus, The Polish Amabassador took the stage (again) to a sold out crowd. His funky beats and sexy synths are why we recognize him, but his presence is why we love him. TPA gets down to his beats more than you do, his dance moves are quite hilarious, his jumpsuit has become a staple to his onstage personality, and his energy is always positive.
He had the crowd in the palm of his hands, swaying side to side and dictating the energy in the room. He played out several remixes new and old, a bunch of tracks off his album Ecozic and some from the Superpowers EP. His stage production appeared as a ripple of light tunnels spanning from the DJ booth to about 10 feet above his head. The lights were bright and effervescent and at times it appeared as if TPA was dancing his energy into the stage and out onto us in the crowd. He finished up around 1:30 to a satisfied Halloween crowd. We left that night with a feeling of fulfillment and consciousness that seemed to be a theme for the night, and a place in our hearts and ears for The Polish Ambassador, ironically from Chicago. Rage on TPA, Ray John.