Colette bangs out some back-to-basics house music at the Mod Club Friday.
Thu, Jul 10
I Get Stupid was the fourth edition of the sporadic I Get Hype series of parties focusing on the late 80s and early 90s sounds of house, hip-house and acid. For this event they brought back hip-house veteran Tyree Cooper, whose previous appearance at an I Get Hype party in 2004 was one of the top DJ sets of that year.
The big difference this time was that the event happened at the Social instead of a warehouse, which meant the vibe was less crazy and intense although still respectably sweaty for a Thursday night.
This time around, the evening was less retro-focused; they also brought in up-and-coming remix team the Villains from L.A., who infused the night with some bangin’ electro-house and hipster dance sounds.
The difference in tempo and attitude between the two guests was quite evident, but the shift wasn’t as jarring as you might expect. Even if Cooper isn’t dropping the big bloghouse hits, he’s grounded in the classic sounds that relate surprisingly well to contemporary trends.
Fri, Jul 11
The House Of Om summer tour brought a heavily stacked lineup of artists from the label to the Mod Club Theatre.
Alongside local Nick Holder were Fred Everything, Andy Caldwell, Colette and DJ Heather, all of whom can easily rock a party on their own.
Unfortunately, cramming so many DJs onto one bill made the sets much shorter than normal, so there was less room for any of the DJs to be very creative. Everyone mixed their records well and kept the dance floor moving, but there was a lack of memorable moments and songs, and it felt like everyone was playing it safe.
Kitten in a Box
Decided to move on from the Mod Club to the Box Of Kittens warehouse party. These under-the-radar tech-house jams have been building momentum lately, and this one was another grand sweaty mess.
Heard good music from all the resident DJs, but in particular enjoyed Mike Gibbs’s set. He kept the vibe bumping but also pleasingly tripped out.
Sun, Jul 13
We’d heard through the grapevine that the Promise Sunday-afternoon parties on Cherry Beach were doing well this year, but were still surprised by how big the turnout was this week. The mellow, hippy vibe is still there, but when these kinds of numbers are coming out, the party starts taking on a life of its own.
This week even had an out-of-town headliner, which is unusual for the casual free weekly shindig. Granted, German techno DJ Gregor Tresher was in town anyway for his gig the night before at Circa, so it’s not like they had to spring for plane and hotel. His set started off slow, but by the end of it everyone’s hands were in the air.