Nicolas Jaar, Valentin Stip, Soul Clap and Gadi Live at Fabric
Travelling by coach is no joke; first up, the 5 hour journey; second, crying babies; third, the refugee that has yet to shower; and fourthly, the tendency to be more than often, late. However, rum/coke bottled up and in hand, iPod massed and trainers kicked off, I was ready to make this slightly less excruciating.
3 hours in, pissed out of my face, surrounded by non-English speaking passengers, families and the elderly, I suddenly felt a little out of place, techno blaring and rum flowing.
40 minutes late, the time now 11.30, perhaps I should have got an earlier coach…
Bag away in mates, booze in Capri-Sun pon route to fabric…
Have to say I was surprised at the venue, having a Mecca esque vision in my head, a utopian club, yet it was just any large club.
Unfortunately we missed Gadi, and most of Valentin’s set; however, we did manage to catch the last 20 + mins of Stip, strange though it was. Playing off atmospheric synths and at times elusive rhythms, he seemed to confuse the rather than induce his audience. Although, listening to his previous work, mixes etc, it was much to be expected, I don’t quite think it enchanted much of the audience, whom were bustling about in anticipation of Jaar.
A DJ stepped up and played a couple tunes whilst Nico and band set up shop, yes band. Opting to showcase his new album, instead of his infamous DJ sets, Jaar has compiled a band in order to perform his album tracks.
Notorious for his work with silence, Jaar works off the Hawtin thesis – “Silence is as important as sound” -manipulating sections of songs in order to elongate, stretch and create a unique atmosphere. The band has facilitated this manipulation to another degree, allowing him to manually command all forces of the tracks.
Nico stepped up delivering excellent renditions of his latest album including: Colomb, Variations and Space is Only Noise, whilst he also included one of his earlier tracks Mi Mujer, which shot him to fame. Overall Jaar was conclusively excellent, orchestrating the band/electronic hybrid. However, I must admit to preferring his DJ sets to the live performance.
Next up, Soul Clap. Famous for their, shall we say… friendly? House. Mixing the likes of George Michael etc into deep, soulful and disco, the pair ever adventurous in their song selection.
Overall, a fantastic night; Jaar was amazing; Stip promising; and Soul Clap…adventurous, to be fair it was enjoyable, which is what their music is about. Probably the best Thursday night in a long time, props.