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Friday, July 29, 2011

Nicolas Jaar @ fabric

I have become far too accustomed to music with around 126 beats every minute.  And I have never gone into London on a midweek night and then had to go to work the next day (granted I took a half-day so only working 1pm-5pm).

So this was kind of unchartered territory but I like to get out of my musical comfort zones into something more challenging from time to time, and Nicolas Jaar really did catch my ear a year or more ago, with his track, Time For Us, buckets of emotion and more twists - far away from my usual preferences of Cocoon (who I am obsessed with, and I love it that way), Crosstown Rebels, Visionquest...and many many other labels that I don't have at the top of my head...but house/minimal/techno stuff...you know what I mean.

I went with my good friend, Matt Powell, who is actually quite an accomplished DJ though will never shout about it and will probably take a baseball bat to my head for promoting him, but hey, I like to share what I believe is good music, good DJs, etc with anyone who is willing to listen.  And plays vinyl.  Crazy stuff.

According to another blogger, the advertised warm-up DJ of Gadi Mizrahi was not in attendance, I cannot confirm this as I did not pay attention to the DJ booth (fabric kind of takes my attention away from the DJ booth, I just cannot be bothered to look at the DJ even if it is Sven), and it was apparently Soul Clap to warm-up, and close.

I like their music, I love listening to it at home, and on journeys.  I don't think I quite got into it as much as I thought I would, though I appreciate the pushing of boundaries by playing Madonna.  Indeed.  That isn't to take it away from them, they did their jobs very well, as they were not the main act.  I would very much like to see them in control of room 3 perhaps, or maybe even in room 1 on a Saturday though I know that is pushing it - but it doesn't have to be fabric, just somewhere with a good intimate feel to it.

Anyway, it was Nicolas Jaar's night.

Though, before him was Valentin Stip.  I had never heard of him, or his music, and I soon found myself not wanting to be on the dancefloor, the emotion was too sad, too meloncholic for my liking - I go to nightclubs for fun.  If I want to be miserable, I can go to a Wetherspoons and pick up some 50-year old whore for the night.  It might have been good.  I don't know, I don't think I am in a place to judge.  I just really did not feel it, or maybe want to feel it - perhaps I should have given him longer, but there was such a good friendly crowd at fabric, that I was more interested in talking to people and meeting people.  How unusual.

Nicolas Jaar was good.  He didn't blow me away.  But I only like a few of his productions, love a couple and the rest don't tickle me.  I would see him again, though preferably at a concert venue, or maybe on a festival stage?  And I can definitely recommend seeing him, or listening to his music.  Especially the track I linked to in the second paragraph.

It was a very enjoyable night, I am very glad I went, and would do it again.

I didn't get quite as much out of it musically as I had hoped for, but I conclude that I simply prefer music from Sven, Ricardo, Seth et al.  Which is no slight whatsoever on the artists and DJs of the night, just my preference.  But I will be seeing more of them.  Maybe I will be converted?  It took years to convert any of my friends to Cocoon!!

* I am going to write about what I am going to do in the next few weeks so if you are only interested in what I thought of my night out, you can stop reading now, though me being me I may drift into it as I do tend to waffle on and get quite off topic at times.

19th August, Innervisions present An Evening At The Cabinet Of Dr Caligari at The Roundhouse.  I have wanted to go to The Roundhouse for a few years now, I have been intrigued.  And I have a lot of time for Henrik Schwarz, Ame and Dixon.  I don't really know what to expect at all.

I am also going to do the Saturday of SW4.  Sven is playing.  Why would I say no?  And I have never seen Underworld live.  I don't care who else I see, I shall just enjoy whatever I find.  Well...except the trance tent.  I might go see Tiga, actually.  Not my cup of tea nowadays but I used to love what he did in the mid-2000's prior to electro-house and I do like a musical challenge.

And I am quite glad that there are events in Reading that I actually want to go to.  Yes, I know there are many places to have a good fun night, and Reading is a good night out, but I am a music man and I am passionate about my music so want to hear good underground music.

The outside:inside festival in the centre of Reading is a pop-up festival, so it says.  I am intrigued, although initially put-off by the price of £15, however, I have good friends playing later on tomorrow (Saturday 30th) as Elsewhere, so I am feeling obliged to use some more of the overdraft I have paid off today.  I am not sure about the rest of the music, but I will have good friends around.  And it should be good.

And last but not least (except for your wallet as it is free!), is the Elsewhere party run by 3 very good friends in Reading.  At the laidback Afro Bar, with good house music all day long and a very friendly folk inside (I should know as about 95% of them are Facebook friends...oh and real friends/pretty people that I just like to stare at) - it is just a really good day.  This is Saturday 13th August.  Well worth a visit, even if only for an hour - but try staying for only an hour!