Garnier runs the gamut
Soho Fridays at This Is London have been featuring a wide variety of DJs over the past couple months, but so far most have fallen on the harder end of the house spectrum. Last week, however, they brought in France's Laurent Garnier , a DJ/producer known for his ability to take on an incredible range of music, from techno to jazz. You never really know what he's going to be playing, but you can count on it being interesting at the very least.
This appearance was no exception. He went from edgy electro-rock to smooth, deep jazzy house, dubby tech house, old Chicago classics and even some reggae. Even more surprising was how receptive most in the crowd were to his eclectic selections; no one batted an eye when he played two Doors songs in a row. Granted, not everyone was feeling every tangent, but after a few tracks he'd be off in another direction, keeping people on the dance floor and getting them moving again.
The club itself looks good since changing owners and undergoing renovations. It's strange hearing underground dance music in a venue with a dress code and an emphasis on bottle service, but there are fairly limited options these days for this kind of night.
The party itself seems to be doing fairly well. It wasn't insanely busy, but the dance floor was full, and that's what really counts.
I stopped into a couple of weekly events while wandering around College Thursday night. First was Thymeless , where DJ Iceymint spins roots reggae each week for a mixed crowd of bass lovers. It's not a big, crazy party, and the pool table's left where the dance floor usually is, but there's a warm, friendly vibe and the tunes are nice. A few minutes west is an ongoing night at Spice Bistro called Will To Live , featuring different DJs and themes each week. This week's slate paid tribute to J Dilla , so DJ Darren G was playing mainly underground hiphop. Past weeks have featured reggae, deep house, classic funk, R&B and a handful of live performances. It's a fairly mellow party, but you do see people take to the dance floor later on.
I should mention that I was a guest DJ a few weeks ago, but that doesn't explain why I keep coming back.
Sonic goes boom
The much-anticipated opening of Sonic took place on Saturday (see Club Spotlight, page 74) and, as expected, the pairing of Frankie Knuckles and David Morales brought out a huge number of partiers. However, the club obviously hadn't planned on the large turnout, so the door situation was chaotic, to say the least. At one point the ticket-holder and guest-list lines started chanting, "Bullshit!" as they watched VIPs walk past people who'd been waiting for two hours. Luckily, no riots broke out, but the situation was tense.
Having said that, for every person who gave up in disgust, swearing never to return, another 20 were inside sweating their asses off. Reportedly, the music stopped sometime in the early afternoon, completely believable considering how packed it still was around 7 am.