François K at Fabric
This episode was arranged to be a visit to Fabric's hallowed halls with Jon, a friend from Paris (France, not Texas).
After a heavy day of drinking*, we escaped from a random Finnish ex-pat house party about half past midnight, stopped by at a bar where a friend was spinning for an hour or so, and then headed towards Fabric. We arrived at 2.45, just in time to catch the last 15 minutes of matthew dear before the start of francois k. The scheduled set time was 3-7.
I was anticipating this quite eagerly, not having been to a set by monsieur kevorkian before but with a couple of friends familiar with my musical tastes having told me i would really like his style ('hard-as-phock' i think they said, actually).
francois kicked off quite hard, seemed at times hard-edged bassy house, sometimes more techno. I was pretty much loving it. This carried on till about 5. At this point francois signalled his intention to start mixing it up for the rest of the night by dropping into a thunderous breakbreat sequence which lasted 15 or 20 minutes, seemingly a live extended mix of a single track which ended as suddenly as it had begun. And then Francois embarked on an hour of house which was so retro & uplifting that it was basically - D.I.S.C.O.! I remember looking over at jon (Antookha), gesturing at the speakers and just in helpless surprise.
But the surprises weren't over - disco fever was over as suddenly as it had begun - and as we entered the last hour Francois K transitioned into a much harder section, suddenly kicking our asses as if to say, "You thought it was gonna end with disco? Did you? DID YOU? Have this!". 6am-7am was intense ... and the expected cries of "one more track" went up around room 1. Obligingly, Fabric allowed a 45 minute encore ... the second to last song of which was an 80's high energy pop song - it's killing me now that i didn't write it down in my phone as i can't think of it. grrr.
So, scores on the doors - 7-7.5/10, and well worth the outing.
DTPM at Fabric
OK, not really a detailed review this time. After picking up a friend from Heathrow early Sunday evening and heading back to my place for a change of clothes, the 3 of us "L'Equipe Regnard" as we had dubbed ourselves on our Rex adventure - headed towards Fabric a little after midnight. Again, no line to speak of, but then again, it was Sunday night. DTPM - a pretty well known gay night (well officially gay, actually mixed gay/straight) is really the only game in town (so i'm told) when it comes to quality clubbing on Sunday evening ... it's open dangerously late - 5am Monday morning, in fact. Ideal for going more or less straight to work and being focked all day long in fact. However as my friend Deniz was only "stopping-over" in London the one night before leaving Europe for the States, we'd committed to executing a proper send-off - and this was it.
Quick summary: Room 3 seemed to R&B/hip-hop all night, and was pretty crap both times we stuck our heads in. Room 2, ahh .. some darker tribal beats, with an excellent stretch in the middle of the night occupied by a live drummer, a black dude maybe in his 30s (?) with dreads. But we were in the mood for uplifting house and so rather than brave the hordes of sweaty half-naked men packing the dance floor of Room 1, we headed for the balcony bar overlooking it where there was a much more balanced mix of gay and straight ... a lot of the chicks looking very glam and smokin' hot.
So the music was fun and very dance-able, and the crowd pretty cool, so much so I'd be tempted to make DTPM a regular spot just for the entertainment value of crashing and burning 10 times a night ... if it weren't for the dire consequences felt only hours later as Monday crawled round into lunchtime. Urghh ... DTPM without a pre-booked Monday morning lie-in - NEVER AGAIN.
Scores on the dooors: a damn solid 7/10 - gotta hand it to the DTPM boys, for a Sunday night they certainly delivered. And all I can say is, thank god my plans for Eargasm with the Plump DJs at Fabric on the Friday night fell thru ... or I might have been carried to the hospital come Monday morning!
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