DJ Sydney Blu changed up the vibe of her Full Moon Thursdays at Beba last week by inviting DJ Jelo to drop by and throw down his own particular brand of big chunky house tunes.
Jelo is definitely one of the more high-energy spinners in town, constantly bouncing around behind the decks and putting his whole body into every twist of the knobs. This time around he played fewer breaks and more house than he's known for, but it was still the general flavour that his fans appreciate. The crowd was definitely into it, and he enjoyed a full dance floor for his whole set.
When Beba is busy, it tends to feel much more like a big club than a little College Street lounge. That's partly because of the crowd, who are definitely up for it. Looking around at all the sweaty bodies and pumping fists, you'd swear it was Saturday night at an after-hours club. Of course, the aggressive, throbbing music also influences the vibe. This is definitely not about introspective, mellow deep house.
Late Saturday night (or Sunday morning, depending on how you look at it), we checked out NYC's Billy Carroll at Sonic . Carroll got his start back in the golden era of disco and has maintained an active career since then. He's most popular in the gay club scene, and accordingly the boys were out in full force, although that's not exactly unusual for Sonic. Carroll's known for being versatile, but he kept things pretty hard and dark this time around, playing few of the screaming diva anthems. Over this kind of long night, hard instrumental tech-house can get pretty punishing after a few hours, but to his credit Carroll kept the dance floor moving and many of the seats empty, which is a good sign.
Sonic still operates very much as an after-hours club but does start thinning out around when most people's alarm clocks go off to wake up for work. On really big nights, you can expect the music to keep going until early afternoon, but that kind of marathon doesn't seem to be a weekly phenomenon.
Alvaro C and Boris Kid Conga ran a Monday-night party at Bauhaus for what seemed like forever, and it was a consistently popular weekly party for service industry types. Recently, they moved the party to the Drake Hotel , taking over the upstairs patio every week for a night of Latin vibes, deep house and funk. There's still a decent crowd coming out, and it isn't unusual for impromptu guest DJs to play a few records. It's much less of a dance party than it was at Bauhaus. Not having a dance floor is one obvious factor, but even if there were one, you can't really crank the tunes on the patio without annoying the neighbours. In the winter they move it down to the lounge, but that's not much of a dancing spot either.
Regardless, it's still a fun Monday night.