No love for P-Love
The monthly classic hiphop party Never Forgive Action has been moving around over the past few months. Originally, it was based at Stones Place, last month moved over to Supermarket, and last Saturday it set up shop at Gypsy Co-op .
Arriving around 1 am, I found a full dance floor vibing to resident DJ More or Les throwing down the classics. He got a good response from the crowd, and while his mixing and scratching weren't overtly flashy, the transitions were smooth and effective.
For this edition, the party had a special guest, Kid Koala collaborator P-Love . You might assume, given that affiliation, that his set would be full of turntablist tricks and crazy scratching, but, surprisingly, he played a fairly straightforward mix of classic and underground hiphop, with very little trickery and showmanship.
That approach may have worked for More or Les, but people were hoping for more flash from P-Love. The dance floor started clearing out early in the set, maybe because he went on so late, but not a good sign regardless.
Lacklustre guest DJs aside, Never Forgive Action is still a good bet for this kind of vibe, and has evolved into a pretty consistent party. If you're looking for a blingless hiphop night, keep an eye out for it next month.
Walked into Syp Lounge a bit before midnight on Friday for the Expensive Shit party and was surprised to find an almost empty club. The woman working the door claimed that the crowd didn't tend to get there until after midnight in the summer, and sure enough, the club filled up within half an hour, as resident DJs Nunk and Captain Easychord played some acid house, hiphop, electro and dancehall.
This night there was a special live performance by Animal Monster , a one-man band who used a small table of gear to blast out a perky electro-pop-influenced set of tunes that got the crowd moving and raised the room's temperature a few degrees. There's a strange, manic quality to his tunes, but they weren't so weird that you couldn't dance to them. He's definitely got a unique sound going on, light-hearted but aggressive.
Too hot to handle
Just up the street, Thymeless hosted Will Munro 's monthly no-wave-themed event, No TO . I was surprised to walk in and find the bar so empty, but it was soon apparent that everyone was on the back patio trying to escape the heat. There are speakers back there to hear the music, but I felt a bit sorry for Munro, who was stuck inside playing for an empty room.
Thymeless ought to consider hanging a curtain in the front window. When people looked in and saw the empty bar, they tended to keep on walking, unaware that their friends were probably out back.