|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?
|Originally posted by ChemEnhanced |
any party from 2003 and back I only remember bits and pieces...i've combined those memories into one awesome party