21/11 2014

Nova[Mix] Club #2: A Weightless Evening

At the foot of a spiral staircase, between walls streaked with black- and white-coloured stripes which lend the place a proud industrial look, it was the beatmaker Everydayz who got behind the turntables first. The pale face divinely lit by the blue neon placed just above the booth—the same face that has come to particular notice recently by being the DJ for the French rap start-up Némir-- moved about over its rhythm box to tie up a live act full of bounce. The more the notes shook the air of Le Point Perché, the more the public was magnetized by the DJ who, for his part, had no qualms about grabbing the mike to harangue the crowd.

Everydayz has done his utmost to bedeck the two-coloured décor of the room with a glowing, warm sun, winding up his set with the eponymous title of his latest EP, Né sous le soleil/Born under the Sun.

The Polo & Pan duo took over where he left off. While the former, a strapping guy with a pepper-and-salt streak in his hair, explained to Radio Nova the group’s Voodoo sources of inspiration, the latter, tightly wrapped in a denim shirt, played an initial series of subtle rhythms, a brilliant repeat of the global sound, somewhere between Latino percussions and crackling rock.

The two sidekicks, who, last September, released their first EP, Dorothy, on the Paris Eckler ‘o’ Shock label, punctuated their set with the flawless “Rivolta”, a disco mishmash which flirts with the Italian tune of the 1930s.

It was 10.30 pm , le Point Perché was full, and the dance floor, for its part, was awash in sweat. Then it was DJ Sven Love’s turn to take control of the evening. The guy arrived at the appointed time: all week long, his was the only name on everyone’s lips, while the film Eden, a tale involving a French Touch generation rising and falling, and jointly written by him, was invading movie houses.

As the former organizer of Paris Cheers nights, and a maestro of garage tunes, Sven Love made sure he returned to le Point Perché with unstoppable doses of house classics. In the small hours, the small room at the Palais de Tokyo started to take on the flamboyant look of a gospel hall made over as a New York club. Before turning into a Berlin warehouse.

This time, it was the producer Jennifer Cardini who manned the turntables. After briefly holding forth about actor Al Pacino’s proud alluring look—she had retrieved some pictures of him for one of her latest clips—the Djette, a former veteran of the Paris club Le Pulp, drowned the dance floor in a raw atmosphere, but great to dance to. Some will even have recognized the convulsive tunes of Aphex Twin hiding in the middle of her play list.

That particular night, there was something to suit every taste at le Point Perché. Six feet under, people had a ball. Jennifer Cardini, for her part, was wearing socks.

Raphaël Malkin

Copyright :Sarah Bastin