Sunday, 27 April 2008
All my essays are handed in. So it's officially summer really. After a few days blurring into one through constant boozing in the parc Monceau, I headed down to La Fleche D'Or last night for YACHT and Thieves Like Us.
Thieves Like Us were somewhat disappointing. I wasn't sure whether they were going to do a DJ set or play live, and they plumped for the latter which didn't really create the dancefloor impact that their killer tune, Drugs In My Body, can have.
Thieves Like Us - Drugs In My Body (Just A Band Remix)
When I go to a gig, I really want a performance and that was certainly provided by Jona Bechtolt, the one-man extravaganza otherwise known as YACHT. Formerly of The Blow, Jona creates electronic music with a little bit of everything (pop, funk, hip-hop, grunge you name it) that just urges the listener or spectator to move their limbs like a loony (see Girl Talk). Jona demonstrates this in his live performances by jumping about like crazy to a backdrop of Powerpoint presentations, blue screen computer errors and other geeky montages. The performance climaxed beautifully with a stage invasion during See a Penny (Pick It Up), one of the stand-out songs off his last album, I Believe In You. Your Magic Is Real, released DIY style on his own label, Marriage Records. He also offers limited edition handshakes for no charge at his merch stand after the show, which I think is great. He's playing Cargo in London on 29th April, so go to that.
His skillful manipulation of programmed drum-beats has led to one or two remixes, notably for Architecture in Helsinki. With the release of a new record later this year, YACHT might get round to doing some more remixes, as my favourite aspect of his music is the complete unpredictability which keeps the listener guessing. Perfect remix fodder really.
YACHT - See A Penny (Pick It Up)
Architecture in Helsinki - Do The Whirlwind (YACHT remix)
////visit his website.
Things are going to busy round here, as I have a lot more free time now. Proper hosting is on the way, as well as various interviews and gig reviews that I just hadn't got round to but still will mention due to their being awesome. The festival season is almost upon us too. Happy days.