There's about 40 or so people chilling outside Grappa's this Thursday night (eve of Good Friday) for the John OO Fleming gig. Suv is also playing tonight, so there could be divided loyalties (right Manek!). It's nearly midnight. The place is filling up. Ewan is banging out some hard rocking sounds, like it's already 4 am - there's a nervy, wired sort of feeling to the sonic assault, possible subliminals, lots of drums, space bass etc. He ends about 0015 am.
Jason F is on next, working the room into a frenzy for JOOF, due on about 0130 am. Jason has opened for Paul Van Dyk at HITEC and Lisa Lashes at Grappa's last October, among others. Clearly an up and comer. He handles a midset sound failure without getting too upset. and finishes with some deft scratching as JOOF gets ready.
I don't know too much about John's style. I figured he's sort of Sasha-Digweed spacy daze - perhaps some of PVD Politics of Dancing Vol 1. He starts with some Giorgio Moroder inspired electro mixed with Chemical Brothers style breakdowns and mutates into some Eddie Halliwell hard noise (the mid-section of EH's HITEC debut last Xmas Eve. He also sounds like Israeli progtrancer Moshic channeling airport tannoy messages. Overall, JOOF sounds harded than I thought, more like PVD's new direction, but I promise, I didn't yawn once during his 2 and a half hour workout.
DJ Tynee, a young lady and possible friend/protege of Jason F? takes over from John at 0400 and plays the midnight set. Tunes with vocals, some wierdgood breaks and a happyface, keeps the slowly dwindling crowd satisfied and sorta dancing. My approximate headcount is about 600 or so people, but it was dark and i may have counted some twice. Good to catch up with regular fellow clubbers, Karina, DY and PK (tho' you all left rather early). Grappa's is looking like a good choice for a late nite venue. It's hosted Lisa Lashes HK debut, the return of the Plump DJ's, JOOF, and breakbeat duo, Hybrid, the next night. Drinks are strong and my ferry pier is a short stagger and hop away. Top night and many thanx to Nick Willsher and Manek for all their help. See you at the next gig.
Review By Nick L.