Friday night at System Soundbar saw the launch of a hot new series of events called Contact , but when you get right down to it, it wasn't that different from many other Friday nights at the club. Electro heroine Miss Kittin headlined, backed by some custom video projections by Digital Visualists .
The idea of Contact is to integrate the techno and electro scenes and to provide a more complete sensual experience through visual stimulation. To tell the truth, though, the projections weren't that big a part of the vibe, and while trippy and pretty, they weren't that exciting unless you're a 3D software geek.
Contact is organized by the guys behind Activate , and they managed to attract a good number of partiers. When we got there, Lee Osborne was laying down some dirty techy beats, getting the dance floor warmed up and ready for Miss Kittin.
Unlike at Mod Club last year, she played more techno than electro, and pounded the club's system hard to the delight of the crowd. This time around she also managed to integrate her live singing even more seamlessly into her DJing; if you weren't watching the booth you'd never know it was her.
It'll be interesting to see if the organizers can maintain this momentum.
The folks behind AD/D are nothing if not ambitious. Even though they're already doing an event every other week or so at the Mod Club , they've also just launched Music Box , a Thursday-night weekly event at the brand new State Theatre . Opening night featured Parisian guests Justice and Pedro Winter playing disco-electro-rock-house tunes alongside resident Rory Them Finest , and a decent-sized crowd came out. The tunes they were dropping were fun but not really exciting. Others there must have felt the same way, since about half the crowd left long before last call. Granted, it's a Thursday night, so no one was expecting to go until sunrise, but it's not a small club, and keeping it full on a weekly basis will no doubt prove to be a challenge.