Hmmmm, where to start. Ok, hit the city about midnight after many sangrias at this super cool Astoria lounge called Rapture, still misting rain as i hit the Meatpacking District en route to Cielo. No line, just Bindra out front on the phone, place was surprisingly busy and very hot, both temperature and crowd.

To my real surprise, Bill Patrick is on the decks. He's doing his thing~the tech/minimal house thing and the crowd is grooving. Get a mad expensive drink (1st of many) and make my way around. See James Zabiela and chat with him for a few minutes, tells me he's going to tag with Lavelle later, so i texted the Mace (who punked out). Around 1am, i run into my friend steve from GU and he tells me Lavelle's flight was late and he's just now going on. We get a drink as James takes the decks. Run into some more friends and we settle in for the set.

Not exactly sure how to describe this, but i'll try. Lavelle gets on and crashes down Bill's last track in a wall of echoed distortion. Then he plays the Kill Bill Vol. 1 intro boosting the levels across the board and goes into this DJ Shadow sounding breaks/rap track that was just crazy, place went nuts. Then he played another track that was just as dramatic and very english sounding, horn and trumpet squeals. Then he goes into his Unkle remix of Queens of the Stone Age-Nobody Knows, then Unkle-In A State (Sasha remix), and Unkle-Reign, not sure of the mix, but it was hot and had me bouncing all over the dance floor.

From there, he took it down a bit, played a little techy/acid breaks, finally did a couple of mixes, which were ok at best, but he definitly doesn't have great deck skills. but we were all having a really good time because he was playing really good tracks, even though he was basically fading in and out of them. I danced a lot and Cielo is just a hot scene/nice vibe. Some more spots:

Derrick Carter-Where You At?
The Pixies-Gouge Away (unknown breaks mix)
PJ Harvey-Hold Onto Me (unknown breaks mix)
U2-Where The Streets Have No Name (unknown breaks mix)
Tears For Fears-Shout (unknown mix)

A lot of vocals and remixes of familiar tunes, which fit the mood well. Around 3am, Zabiela tag teamed with him and the change in djing talent was obvious. He spun some breaks w/ scratching over them and did a couple of sick mixes, one that had the sickest bass line of the night. We were all like .....Then he dropped a breaks remix of Blur-Song 2 that was really nasty and we danced it out. Lavelle came back on and this was the hilight of the whole night....he dropped a remix of Moby-God Moving Over The Faces of Waters (one of the best orchestral electronic compositions known) into Unkle-In A State, it was pretty amazing.

Then to top it all off, he spun Elton John-Tiny Dancer as they brought up the house lights (such a cool looking club) and sung it to the crowd. It was a nice sing along as a lot of people were belting out the lyrics, very sweet moment which transitioned into some evil distortion and the Al Pacino-Bad Guy speech from Scarface that me and James mimicked to each other (i was right in front of the booth) and then it just distorted out. I thanked James and James for a fun night of musak and we jammed. " />
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James Lavelle @ Cielo, NYC
by Lust-E: 07-18-2004


Hmmmm, where to start. Ok, hit the city about midnight after many sangrias at this super cool Astoria lounge called Rapture, still misting rain as i hit the Meatpacking District en route to Cielo. No line, just Bindra out front on the phone, place was surprisingly busy and very hot, both temperature and crowd.

To my real surprise, Bill Patrick is on the decks. He's doing his thing~the tech/minimal house thing and the crowd is grooving. Get a mad expensive drink (1st of many) and make my way around. See James Zabiela and chat with him for a few minutes, tells me he's going to tag with Lavelle later, so i texted the Mace (who punked out). Around 1am, i run into my friend steve from GU and he tells me Lavelle's flight was late and he's just now going on. We get a drink as James takes the decks. Run into some more friends and we settle in for the set.

Not exactly sure how to describe this, but i'll try. Lavelle gets on and crashes down Bill's last track in a wall of echoed distortion. Then he plays the Kill Bill Vol. 1 intro boosting the levels across the board and goes into this DJ Shadow sounding breaks/rap track that was just crazy, place went nuts. Then he played another track that was just as dramatic and very english sounding, horn and trumpet squeals. Then he goes into his Unkle remix of Queens of the Stone Age-Nobody Knows, then Unkle-In A State (Sasha remix), and Unkle-Reign, not sure of the mix, but it was hot and had me bouncing all over the dance floor.

From there, he took it down a bit, played a little techy/acid breaks, finally did a couple of mixes, which were ok at best, but he definitly doesn't have great deck skills. but we were all having a really good time because he was playing really good tracks, even though he was basically fading in and out of them. I danced a lot and Cielo is just a hot scene/nice vibe. Some more spots:

Derrick Carter-Where You At?
The Pixies-Gouge Away (unknown breaks mix)
PJ Harvey-Hold Onto Me (unknown breaks mix)
U2-Where The Streets Have No Name (unknown breaks mix)
Tears For Fears-Shout (unknown mix)

A lot of vocals and remixes of familiar tunes, which fit the mood well. Around 3am, Zabiela tag teamed with him and the change in djing talent was obvious. He spun some breaks w/ scratching over them and did a couple of sick mixes, one that had the sickest bass line of the night. We were all like .....Then he dropped a breaks remix of Blur-Song 2 that was really nasty and we danced it out. Lavelle came back on and this was the hilight of the whole night....he dropped a remix of Moby-God Moving Over The Faces of Waters (one of the best orchestral electronic compositions known) into Unkle-In A State, it was pretty amazing.

Then to top it all off, he spun Elton John-Tiny Dancer as they brought up the house lights (such a cool looking club) and sung it to the crowd. It was a nice sing along as a lot of people were belting out the lyrics, very sweet moment which transitioned into some evil distortion and the Al Pacino-Bad Guy speech from Scarface that me and James mimicked to each other (i was right in front of the booth) and then it just distorted out. I thanked James and James for a fun night of musak and we jammed.

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