So after spending 5 nights in New York and missing Andy Vaz and then also My My playing live I finally managed to get out to a night of music. I’d checked on what was going on my free nights, Monday being one of them, and found out that François K was spinning all night at his Deep Space night at Cielo. Kind of a crap club atmosphere-wise, typical for Manhattan meat district I’m assuming, but sound system was spot on and even better was FK’s selections. Showed up durning the warm up and got treated to some African inspired house, drum & bass and dubstep, before he upped the ante with some classic early house from Bang The Party “Bang Bang You’re Mine” to techno funkiness from Deetron’s “I Cling.” From there it was a roller coaster of tempo and genre jumps that sometimes seemed odd but always seemed to end up in a place just as funky albeit from a new perspective. Kind of that idea that great DJs are constantly mixing up the flow of a night and are taking chances that often work magnificently. This is the workshop that FK inhabited last night.
Additonally, he took the titular idea of the night, “Deep Space,” and created spatial dub elements throughout most of the set; working echo and reverb at many points he expanded the sound of the songs that worked well with this idea and reconfigured them to fit his idea of the night, a massive expanse of sound migrating to more conventional club material both slow and fast. Anyone who can flow from Quadrant to Erykah Badu and Mantronix deserves maximum respect.