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skysh
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Location: New York

very nice . thank you for sharing information


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SYSTEM-J
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Registered: Sep 2003
Location: Leeds

I went to the Mono Cult NYD party last night (http://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?643732). I was a bit apprehensive about going but my girlfriend has been working ridiculously hard over the last couple of weeks and we wanted to go out and let our hair down. Sadly, just about all my fears were confirmed.

Firstly, and predictably, it was massively oversold. The main room was just a sardine tin pretty much all night, and the second room wasn't much better. Then in the main room, Floating Points and Four Tet B2B with Daphni were all fucking boring. They were playing a combination of deathly slow plodding deep house and re-edits. At one point Floating Points was playing what sounded like a re-edit of some old Northern Soul track. I love re-edits and slo-mo shit as much as anyone but it felt totally underwhelming in such a big space, and because the room was fucking packed nobody was dancing. It was just a sea of people milling around bobbing their heads absently. No vibe whatsoever. We didn't spend more than 20 minutes in there all night.

The second room was smaller and the music was much more pumping, so we spent most of the night there. Move D was probably the best of a bad bunch. He was mostly playing the kind of '90s flashback house that's so popular at the moment. The music was pretty good but there was no real direction to his set at all - he'd go from a mellow groove to a diva vocal screamer to a faux-ravey breakbeat number. It did feel pretty random. Then Gerd Janson came on and started playing more techno, including lots of storming Detroit-ish material that would probably sound great in a dark bunker with a killer soundsystem. The problem was the sound system in the second room was a bit harsh and muddy, not very punchy or crisp at all, and so most of the techno he played just dissolved into a low end WRRRRUUURGH-WRRRRUUURGH-WRRRRUUURGH rumble.

The third room was pretty much just playing cheesy party classics - the first thing we heard when we walked in was Madonna - Express Yourself, and it says a lot that I probably had the most fun dancing in that room. We ended up leaving at about 4.30 and the taxi driver told us that just about everyone he'd ferried home that night had agreed that the place was far too crowded and a big disappointment.

This all just reinforces my general belief that these big warehouse parties stocked up with DJs on the RA Top 100 are a waste of time. The line-ups always look alluring with their all-star casts, and the venues are usually great, but it's always the same shit - no room to dance, pushy people, unfriendly security and staff, and just mediocre music.


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> Falling Leaves [Deep & Melodic]
> All Night Long: 2018 [Open To Close Set]
> Skipton's Only Prog Night [Warm Up Grooves]
> Welcome To the Future [Driving Progressive]
> Autumn Drive [Progressive]

Old Post Jan-02-2015 14:43  England
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Sykonee
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Registered: Dec 2004
Location: Vancouver, Canada

I had to work at 9:30am on NYDay, which is too late to attempt an all-nighter, and too early to get any decent sleep after hitting the clubs unless one leaves early. With cover charges stupid expensive on NYEve, totally not worth my while then.

So I stayed home, watched a little hockey, and went to sleep at 10:30pm. Woke up feeling great and refreshed, plus with a smile on my face as the clock radio alarm played a charming, hilarious show called "Adults Read Their Childhood Writing".


Best New Year's in ages!


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Old Post Jan-02-2015 15:33  Canada
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SPANIARD
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Registered: Jan 2004
Location: Toronto,Ontario

quote:
Originally posted by SYSTEM-J
I went to the Mono Cult NYD party last night (http://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?643732). I was a bit apprehensive about going but my girlfriend has been working ridiculously hard over the last couple of weeks and we wanted to go out and let our hair down. Sadly, just about all my fears were confirmed.

Firstly, and predictably, it was massively oversold. The main room was just a sardine tin pretty much all night, and the second room wasn't much better. Then in the main room, Floating Points and Four Tet B2B with Daphni were all fucking boring. They were playing a combination of deathly slow plodding deep house and re-edits. At one point Floating Points was playing what sounded like a re-edit of some old Northern Soul track. I love re-edits and slo-mo shit as much as anyone but it felt totally underwhelming in such a big space, and because the room was fucking packed nobody was dancing. It was just a sea of people milling around bobbing their heads absently. No vibe whatsoever. We didn't spend more than 20 minutes in there all night.

The second room was smaller and the music was much more pumping, so we spent most of the night there. Move D was probably the best of a bad bunch. He was mostly playing the kind of '90s flashback house that's so popular at the moment. The music was pretty good but there was no real direction to his set at all - he'd go from a mellow groove to a diva vocal screamer to a faux-ravey breakbeat number. It did feel pretty random. Then Gerd Janson came on and started playing more techno, including lots of storming Detroit-ish material that would probably sound great in a dark bunker with a killer soundsystem. The problem was the sound system in the second room was a bit harsh and muddy, not very punchy or crisp at all, and so most of the techno he played just dissolved into a low end WRRRRUUURGH-WRRRRUUURGH-WRRRRUUURGH rumble.

The third room was pretty much just playing cheesy party classics - the first thing we heard when we walked in was Madonna - Express Yourself, and it says a lot that I probably had the most fun dancing in that room. We ended up leaving at about 4.30 and the taxi driver told us that just about everyone he'd ferried home that night had agreed that the place was far too crowded and a big disappointment.

This all just reinforces my general belief that these big warehouse parties stocked up with DJs on the RA Top 100 are a waste of time. The line-ups always look alluring with their all-star casts, and the venues are usually great, but it's always the same shit - no room to dance, pushy people, unfriendly security and staff, and just mediocre music.

Real bummer to hear but I can't say it's a big surprise. All I've been hearing is bad reports coming from the parties in the UK. Like the Elixir of Life party that was cancelled for what, the 3rd NYE in a row now?


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any party from 2003 and back I only remember bits and pieces...i've combined those memories into one awesome party

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SYSTEM-J
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Registered: Sep 2003
Location: Leeds

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Originally posted by SPANIARD
Real bummer to hear but I can't say it's a big surprise. All I've been hearing is bad reports coming from the parties in the UK. Like the Elixir of Life party that was cancelled for what, the 3rd NYE in a row now?


Oh don't get me wrong, we have loads of great parties here - it's just the big events with sprawling line ups of hot names that tend to disappoint. It's why I mostly stick to small events. "Small clubs, extended sets" is my formula for a great night out.


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> Falling Leaves [Deep & Melodic]
> All Night Long: 2018 [Open To Close Set]
> Skipton's Only Prog Night [Warm Up Grooves]
> Welcome To the Future [Driving Progressive]
> Autumn Drive [Progressive]

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corjay9
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Registered: Nov 2009
Location: Montreal

quote:
Originally posted by SYSTEM-J
The second room was smaller and the music was much more pumping, so we spent most of the night there. Move D was probably the best of a bad bunch. He was mostly playing the kind of '90s flashback house that's so popular at the moment. The music was pretty good but there was no real direction to his set at all - he'd go from a mellow groove to a diva vocal screamer to a faux-ravey breakbeat number. It did feel pretty random.


I love Move D, I've seen him a few times and yes.. he does play all sorts of records, I'd say his shorter sets do not have any direction.. he just plays killer records, and his ability to change direction is impressive to me. I also don't think he's playing 'that 90s flashback house', he's always played that kind of stuff and wont stop cuz its trendy now.

Great DJ.


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Old Post Jan-02-2015 21:52  Canada
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SYSTEM-J
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Registered: Sep 2003
Location: Leeds

He was on for two hours, which is enough time to build something. I don't personally see what's impressive about changing direction every second or third track. The energy levels were up and down, it just felt like he played whatever record he saw in the bag next. Of all the DJs on the line-up he's the one I'd heard the most hype about and the one I wanted to check out the most, and he was really nothing special.


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Mixes:
> Falling Leaves [Deep & Melodic]
> All Night Long: 2018 [Open To Close Set]
> Skipton's Only Prog Night [Warm Up Grooves]
> Welcome To the Future [Driving Progressive]
> Autumn Drive [Progressive]

Old Post Jan-03-2015 11:43  England
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corjay9
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Registered: Nov 2009
Location: Montreal

quote:
Originally posted by SYSTEM-J
He was on for two hours, which is enough time to build something. I don't personally see what's impressive about changing direction every second or third track. The energy levels were up and down, it just felt like he played whatever record he saw in the bag next. Of all the DJs on the line-up he's the one I'd heard the most hype about and the one I wanted to check out the most, and he was really nothing special.


I think thats cuz you come from the world of prog where every transition has to be smooth the sets perfectly programmed, almost scripted. Move D just plays awesome records, whether its diva house, 90s warehouse techno or the new Julio Bashmore track. Leon Vynehall plays a very similar style, who I also really enjoyed.

I prefer the ups and downs of a DJ set as opposed to one slow build.. don't go watch Levon Vincent you'll absolutely hate his mixing style hahaha.


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Old Post Jan-03-2015 15:43  Canada
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SYSTEM-J
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Registered: Sep 2003
Location: Leeds

Sigh. Why is this argument always wheeled out against me whenever I don't like someone's favourite DJ? I can barely even remember the last time I heard any progressive house in a club. I go to house nights, techno nights, drum 'n bass nights, cosmic/nu disco nights, breaks nights, even the occasional psy event, and yet apparently I just live in "the world of prog".


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Mixes:
> Falling Leaves [Deep & Melodic]
> All Night Long: 2018 [Open To Close Set]
> Skipton's Only Prog Night [Warm Up Grooves]
> Welcome To the Future [Driving Progressive]
> Autumn Drive [Progressive]

Old Post Jan-03-2015 16:32  England
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enydo
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Registered: Jan 2008
Location: Atlanta

You just don't UNDERSTAND it, don't worry.

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chris1011
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Registered: Feb 2011
Location: Middle of Nowhere

quote:
Originally posted by SYSTEM-J
Sigh. Why is this argument always wheeled out against me whenever I don't like someone's favourite DJ?


This.

Old Post Jan-03-2015 18:20  Canada
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Lews
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Registered: Feb 2007
Location: Hugging Whales And Saving Trees

Hah, Jack clearly doesn't get it. It's UP and DOWN, like the STOCK MARKET, man.

Wait, did I do it right?

Austin?

Austin ... ?

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