We Are Here. (And So Are You.)

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Elsewhere: ReSolute + Blkmarket Present: Oslo Vs. Freude-Am-Tanzen



Both Blkmarket Membership and ReSolute are dominating promotional forces in the New York techno underground. They draw from the same crowds and equally throw some of the most epic parties with some of the most sought-after acts from overseas. Over the following months, Blkmarket will bring Melon, Dixon, Masomenos and Half Hawaii (to name a few) as they celebrate their 4th year and ReSolute were responsible for the DJ Hell gig in March 2009 that many consider to have been a major turning point in New York's underground scene. Their second anniversary party in November, featuring Alexi Delano, was also something to write home - or here, rather - about.

But back in early April there were incidents of both parties getting shut down and rivalries being formed. The straight story never came out, but the more important fact is that no one cares - ReSolute and Blkmarket quickly came out to all of their followers and announced that they are brothers and nothing can change that. In fact, that was the slogan of the Freude-Am-Tanzen vs. Oslo Records showcase that happened this weekend; a joint effort between Taimur + Fahad (Blkmarket) and Nektarios + Nikola (ReSolute).

Utilizing a new space on the Gowanus Canal, not far from the Yard, the massive tent housed a giant, pristine disco ball with LEDs. On top of that, the promoters had supplied everything from an ATM to a barbecue with everything in between. Aside from a 10 minute walk to a bodega on Court St + Nelson, there was nothing else in sight and the atmosphere felt more like a festival than a lengthy party.

On the lineup was Monkey Maffia (Soren) of the Wighnomy Brothers, making his first appearance in New York since the WBs decided to call it quits as a touring duo. On the Oslo (from Berlin, not Norway, funny enough) side was owner Frederico Molinari and Vera. VERA! I cannot stress enough, in a number of ways, how incredible this woman is.

(a) She is the type of producer that you may not know off-hand, but if you check out her work you will instantly recognize multiple tracks from some of your favorite DJ mixes. Vera is definitely a DJ's DJ.

(b) Her set was perfectly mapped out, taking us on a proper journey to where many of us couldn't believe it was still her behind the decks - her styles were so diverse.

(c) Vera is lovely. I spoke with her briefly afterwards and I have no doubt that she belongs right up top with Ellen Allien, Anja Schneider and Cassy as one of the most deserving female DJs in electronic music. Personality goes a long way, and Vera radiates it like the fucking sun.



Monkey Maffia was pretty incredible as well. He's a truly talented DJ and there's a heaping amount of insight into both Brothers in Speaking in Code - a documentary that comes from Basstown founder David Day and Amy Grill. I've always said the best DJ sets are majoritively defined by the inability to tell when one song truly ends and another begins, and Soren is right up there with world-famous DJs that are known to rock any party. I didn't recognize a single track he played until Dennis Ferrer's "Hey Hey" - a version he stretched out for at least 15 glorious minutes. Someone next to me took a video, and I will harass him into getting that on YouTube soon...

All in all, it was an incredible party. Perhaps not as epic as some of the other Blkmarket/ReSolute parties in the past, but ultimately a great place to be for many hours on end. My friend and I clocked in around 9 and both slept like rock babies, highly satisfied.

22 comments:

1hose韻如ak09r_cruickshan said...

原來這世上能跟你共同領略一個笑話的人竟如此難得........................................

瑜吟 said...

旁觀自己的悲傷是解脫,主觀自己的悲傷是更加悲傷..............................

EdgardoM said...

Circumstances are the rulers of the weak, instrument of the wise.........................................

雅婷雅婷宛佳 said...

弱者困於環境,智者利用環境~~加油!........................................

建霖 said...

A good medicine tastes bitter.

懿綺 said...

認清問題就等於已經解決了一半的問題。.............................................

吳婷婷 said...

人生的「三部曲」應該是無愧的昨天,充實的今天,與充滿希望的明天。..................................................

吳勇佩吳勇佩 said...

看後受益良多,謝謝∪ˍ∪......................................................

ju吳phe宇te佳ns said...

路過~很有趣吶.....................................................................

淑福淑福淑福 said...

不會從失敗中找尋教訓的人,成功之路是遙遠的。.................................................

夏王彥霖益東 said...

生存乃是不斷地在內心與靈魂交戰;寫作是坐著審判自己。..................................................

李志吉 said...

人應該做自己認為對的事,而不是一味跟著群眾的建議走。..................................................

張v李佳羽嘉旺 said...

Subtlety is better than force. ............................................................

敬周喜 said...

It is easier to get than to keep it.......................................................................

王辛江淑萍康 said...

It is easier to get than to keep it.......................................................................

小米 said...

不願彎腰撿拾一根針的人,永遠不值得一塊錢。............................................................

怡楊雯 said...

不費勞力而得者,唯貧困而已................................................

/798 said...

愛情不是慈善事業,不能隨便施捨。......................................................................

蕾蕾 said...

絕不要羞於承認自己不知道的事。..................................................

立和辛和胡辛和辛偉 said...

加油-不論如何都期待您的新發表!..................................................................

千TatianaCallan惠 said...

看著你的BLOG 好多朋友都回應 真厲害..................................................

孫邦柔 said...

喜歡看大家的文章,祝你順心~^^ ..................................................