19/12 2014

Nova[Mix] Club #3, the suspended-time night

Just a few days from Christmas and the sempiternal marathon when we have to smilingly deal with foie gras, capons and Yule logs several times over, some people found the time to do a little exercising for a last time. For the occasion, you had to once again take the small rickety stairway down to le Point Perché from the Palais de Tokyo entrance. There, no Christmas tree but a dancefloor streaked with black and white stripes at the far end of which stood an impressive table covered with CDs and vinyl records.

On that particular night, it was Molly who opened the ball. The Djette associated with the Rex, the famous Paris club, let herself undergo the “Perched Interview”, explaining in a reedy voice that she might suffer from vertigo if ever she found herself perched more than ten feet above the turntables. Very much down to earth, our friend Molly.

Dan Shake then installed himself at the controls for the evening. Dan Shake, the surprise guest.

On the face of it, apart from a few well-informed aficionados, no one in the room knew this British bloke before he landed at Le Point Perché. The young Londoner is a newbie. But not just any old newbie: he is the first DJ not hailing from Detroit to be signed on by Mahogani Music, the label of the legendary Kenny Dixon Junior, also known by the alias Moodymann. A sponsorship that is anything but a coincidence. At ease in a black hoodie, Dan Shake made sure he quickly shook up le Point Perché by playing a series of rebound rhythms borrowing from first generation house while steeped in an enthusiastic disco-funk mix. Le Point Perché looked a bit like New York’s Paradise Garage on that Friday night.

While the Brit decamped to La Bellevilloise, where he continued his night, Myd took over. Recently back from a long odyssey which took him from Miami to Mexico City in the company of his friends from the Bromance label, the DJ presented the best of Club Cheval, the quartet he is part of, by tinkering with a heavy, fusing and nervous techno sound which cracked le Point Perché’s floor. A terrific sound track, pleasantly slowed down at the end of the gig by the sudden eruption, through loudspeakers, of the misty and nonchalant flow of the Atlanta rapper Young Thug and his aptly named “Stoner”.

High point of the evening: the arrival at the turntables of Para One. The Parisian DJ, who recently came to notice by producing the original soundtrack for Céline Sciamma’s movie Bande de filles, blended his mix with Myd’s in a transitional gem. What was involved there was jerking about to a nocturnal techno to the point of exhaustion. And to think that it wasn’t even midnight.

Then the crowd could slum it under the machines of Para One, thus forming a moving mass which got the room swaying with pleasure.

Last of all, to wind up the night, Molly gave vent to the minimal noises of her disks. No question of vertigo here, but good music. This time it really was midnight. For those present at le Point Perché, there wasn’t really any time any more. Just like at the end of a Christmas meal.

Raphaël Malkin

Copyright :Sarah Bastin