Gypsy settles in
Gypsy Co-op is currently being run by Milk 's Izzy Shqueir , a change that's slowly been revitalizing the restaurant/club. Friday night, Milk and Plasticine brought in half of the UK production duo Yam Who? to showcase their organic jazzed-out contemporary funk.
Des Morgan had the small dance area packed, playing a wide range of soulful dance music. Many of the tunes sounded like classics, but when you listened closer it became clear that much of it was actually new music, albeit new music rooted in the history of underground dance culture.
Surprisingly, there wasn't really that much soulful house being played; many of the grooves were slower, and the four-on-the-floor was kept to the background. Morgan stayed clear of the really obvious tunes but kept the momentum going nevertheless.
Have no fear if you haven't been to Gypsy Co-op for a while. The musical vibe is still based in the warm, organic sounds that sustained the venue for years, but there's a stronger focus now, and the space is slowly being renovated and fixed up.
Checked out the official opening party for Neu+ral Lounge Friday (see last week's club spotlight) and found the new bar quite busy, with a very mixed group of partiers. Spinning the tunes for the occasion was DJ Shannon , who's been holding court at alternative rock events for some time. It was surprising to hear her stray from vintage new wave and rock into funk and disco, but it worked well, as did the sprinkling of hiphop.
The space has potential and may end up attracting a wider variety of promoters and events than they initially anticipated. Having the capability to do live shows alongside DJs is always a bonus, and the club's just the right size for underground events that would struggle to fill some of the larger mixed-use venues.
After-hours hot spot
Late Saturday night, I ended up at the Dirtbag Dance Party , the official after-party for several events that night, held at an afterhours spot that's been seeing a lot of action lately. I'm required to spare you the details, but depending on who you ask, this spot has been the official afterparty for quite a number of bar-hour events, attracting a wide mix of partiers.
Dirty 80s-inspired beats were on the musical menu, from acid house to electro, spun by Barbi , Butros Butros and Eric & Cody . Word is that Cody is taking a break from DJing for a while to concentrate on the day job, so he spent a little more time on the decks than everyone else.
The music was fun overall, and the random late-night crowd seemed into it. In particular, Barbi did a great job and looked like she was having a lot more fun than at her bar gig.
The crackdown on after-hours joints appears to be over for now, although there's still lots of speculation in the scene as to the authorities' intentions; understandably, the people running these spots are being a bit more cautious than usual.
There are still lots of underground late-night options, but you'll have to ask around to get the details.