Thu, March 6
Booking Parisian MC Cuizinier and DJ Orgasmic to play the late-night extended last-call slot in the Drake Underground for CMW was a sensible way to keep the party going while still presenting a hyped-up live artist. Unfortunately, late last call tends to attract people just looking for drinks, so the result was an audience that was curiously detached compared to those who came out to see the pair when they last came to town.
Despite the restrained crowd response, the guys put on a good show. Wisely, the current crop of French hiphoppers don’t waste time imitating and competing with American trends, instead inventing their own cheeky club-ready sound that’s uniquely Paris.
Fri, March 7
For the second week in a row, Wrongbar hosted another night of weirdo-disco and leftfield house, this time from Toronto expat Brennan Green and Holy Ghost’s Nick Millhiser. Holy Ghost, a Brooklyn duo who’ve worked behind the scenes on various DFA-related recordings, are also part of the Juan Maclean touring band but have emerged from the shadows lately for their own productions.
As a DJ, Millhiser didn’t go too out there, playing mainly tracks that fit into the disco/new wave/house sound they’re already known for. Green, on the other hand, took that as a starting point and proceeded to go further in every direction, including some tracks that almost approached psychedelic rock or veered at other times into classic house territory.
Good party and, judging from the crowd, many from the indie-dance scene are getting interested in this end of the dance music spectrum, as many in the deep house scene did years ago when they started to get bored with that sound.
Sat, March 8
The snowstorm cancelled quite a few appearances by out-of-town guest DJs, but Detroit’s Alton Miller made it to town before the onslaught of late winter weather and was at Andy Poolhall nice and early for the monthly Hilife party thrown by Abacus and Lupo.
Unfortunately, the snow kept most partiers away until the storm started to calm down toward the end of the night. Miller did his best to get those who did brave the storm onto the dance floor, but it was an uphill battle for the veteran DJ. He played plenty of sexy soulful house, mixed expertly, but few of the heads who’d appreciate it made it out.
Fuck the snow
Down the street at Sneaky Dee’s, Fuck Faces were hosting the late-night extended-last-call CMW after-party, but the weather prevented Brooklyn’s Dre Skull from making it to town. The snow didn’t keep the partiers from showing up, and the locals had no problem rocking the party without the international support.
Fistfight, in particular, has really come a long way as a DJ. He’s gotten much stronger on a technical level over the past few years and is gaining a rep as a producer as half of the Nacho Lovers. It’s hipster dance beats, but with a bigger classic house influence than most, and fewer Daft Punk references.