Danny Krivit was originally slated to play the Sunnyside Pavilion Saturday night, but noise and capacity issues moved it to the newly renovated Palais Royale.
Considering the rainy weather, it ended up being for the best, since the Palais Royale shares the history and romanticism that have made Sunnyside a memorable setting for parties over the years.
Musically, Krivit was in terrific form, playing the soulful NYC house you'd expect, plus some classics and enough new, unexpected and unusual tunes to keep it interesting.
He's best known for being part of the Body & Soul trio with Joe Claussell and François K, and in many ways his style falls somewhere between the two. Though not quite as flamboyant and EQ-abusing as Claussell or as subtle and smooth as François K, Krivit still has musical tastes in common with both of them, ranging from the soulful spiritual end to the hypnotic and trippy side, with a healthy dose of dirty funk to bring things back down to the body.
Too bad that, as was often the case at Sunnyside, the venue wasn't willing to allow the party to go on to normal dance club hours. It was painfully obvious that the several hundred people still there at a little past 3 am when the lights went on and the music was turned off would have been more than willing to keep on dancing for at least another hour.
Still, Krivit was allowed to play one encore, after which the crowd stomped, clapped and chanted their own house music soundtrack for several minutes until it was clear that the music was over.
Berlin versus Paris
The concept behind AD/D's party Friday night at Mod Club read a bit like a second world war recreation, with the Berlin crew of Ellen Allien and Apparat up against Paris's Ed Banger team of DJ Feadz, Uffie, Para One, Sebastian, DJ Mehdi and Busy P (aka Pedro Winter, Daft Punk's manager and head of Ed Banger Records). While the French clearly outnumbered the Germans in this particular battle, it'd be hard to call a winner.
Ellen Allien and Apparat's live performance was the most musically challenging. Both of them ran laptops and electronics, and Allien occasionally stepped away from the table of gear to sing some deadpan techno vocals.
The music was rooted in techno, with some classic electro influences (i.e., 80s breakdancing electro, not the indie-house that is currently often referred to by the same term) and melancholy synth melodies. Interesting, but not quite fist-pumping party tracks.
The French squad went in the complete opposite direction - they were all about the rowdy party vibe.
After they got warmed up a bit, hotly hyped underground teen queen Uffie took the stage and displayed impressive presence and confidence, especially considering that she made her stage debut only five months ago and only took up the mic three months before that.
While many would undoubtedly dismiss her as a flash in the pan, she seems to have real potential.