+ Mylo + Trentmøller + Hector @
Indigo2, London, 9 May 2008
Entry to tonight's festivities was via a hotly contested
battle of the guest lists. The
crowd are winners of a competition to see who could gather
the most friends, friends of friends and friends of friends
of friends (you get the picture) to take over the cool confines
of O2 arena offshoot, Indigo, and witness the launch of
Moby's new album, Last Night.
shape-shifting New Yorker is also joined on the bill by
the well-respected Trentmøller and fellow dance heavyweight,
Mylo. It's Hector who kicks off proceedings
though with a set of melodic, chunky, funky house. It's
a set that goes down well with the crowd and does not allow
repetition to overcome creativity.
then takes over to ply the throng with a wildly, wonderfully
varied selection which takes in a version of Peter Gunn,
bleep-heavy, quirky house, Aphex Twin's Windowlicker, Joy
Division, rousing techno, Nirvana and Hercules and Love
Affair. But it's when the Dane drops in a mix of Go that
the smiling masses go barmy. It's a hard act to follow but
next up is the man who first came to prominence with that
very track, a certain Richard Melville Hall.
in the venue seems to be really happy and buoyant throughout
which may be down to the fantastic music but the fact no
one has paid to get in also means the night is free of expectations.
Well, aside from one expectation: that an album launch may
involve a live set rather than a DJ set from Moby.
disappointment is quickly dispelled as Moby plays a crowd-pleasing
set, the words 'Disco Lies' (the name of the forthcoming
single) forming his gargantuan backdrop. He spins through
many shades and flavours of house, from funky to pounding
to bass-heavy, and laces it with big tunes and selections
from the new album. Hey Boy, Hey Girl gets filtered and
twisted, Where's Your Head At? flows into brilliant album
standout The Stars while the finale comes in the form of
crazy, 1,000 bpm head-mangler, Thousand.
forms a breathless end to a masterful set but there's still
more to come as Mylo steps up. The Scotsman
takes us into the early hours with a mix of modern electronica
and house, old classics and selections of his own material.
live session from Moby would have made tonight perfect but
any criticism was swept away by the quality of the DJing,
and by the gesture that it was completely free of charge.
This was a night where everyone that attended got a chance
to feel special and spoilt in more ways than one.
- Ian Roullier, 05/2008