Nova[Mix] Club #3, the suspended-time night
a few days from Christmas and the sempiternal marathon when we have
to smilingly deal with foie
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.
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
Shake then installed himself at the controls for the evening. Dan
Shake, the surprise guest.
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”.
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
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.
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