SOTC Nightlife Awards: The Best One-Offs, the Best Party To Take Anyone To, and More
Before we sink into holiday hibernation, we thought we'd take a moment to reflect on our exploits, and present to you our very own 2010 SOTC Nightlife Awards. Below, our fifth and final installment examines the rest of the best.
Farewell, Fat Beats
Best Three One-Off Parties We Went To:
3) Fool's Gold Anniversary Party: Kanye! (And AraabMuzik too).
2) Vice's Creator's Project Launch Party: See here.
1) Fat Beats Closing Party: Highly emotional and completely heartwarming. Not to mention that this is where we saw Soul II Soul's Caron Wheeler perform "Back To Life" backed by DJ Spinna and where DJ Premier told us that he loves Justin Beiber.
Best New Party That's Already Over: GHE20 G0TH1K
The originally queer goth-meet-club party had just become the city's favorite underground dance affair before retiring on the night of their one-year anniversary. A mix of fabulously dressed art kids, voguing divas, and your regular mix of club revelers (us), the night was a refreshing addition to the scene's rather predictable slew of genre-specific monthlies. A soundtrack of aggressive booty bass, tropical club sounds, hip-hop, and dance-infused tracks from all over kept things interesting while making for one of the most enjoyable dance floors downtown. Don't worry though, while GHE20 G0TH1K may have come to an end, resident DJs Venus X, $hayne, and Physical Therapy have other ventures up their sleeves for the future. Keep an eye open for them.
GHE20 G0TH1K photo via the Fader
Best Party To Take Anyone To: The Rub
Once you've been to the Rub as many times as I have, you start to pick up on the little things that make the party flow just so. You'll notice that of the three resident DJs, Cosmo Baker is the showman, often dancing over his mixer and chatting with the crowd over his signature funk-heavy sets. Or that DJ Eleven, the strongest technically (and most unassuming despite the fact that he looms over his fellow partners), has the keenest ear for r&b and dancehall. DJ Ayres is the friendliest (and funniest) of the bunch, and regardless of his ventures into dance music, his selection constantly reminds us that he's a hip-hop nerd at heart. In fact, hip-hop is the constant of the party, and the one of the many reasons that half of Brooklyn can't seem to stay away from the monthly throw down at Southpaw.
The Rub! Photo by Kenny Rodriguez.
While I'm certainly biased towards the crew (the fellas are some of my favorites), and their selection does tend to pull even the most reluctant wallflowers onto their very sweaty dance floor, it's the whole feel of the party that's kept us coming back over the years. Their demographic is a mix of older regulars, rap fiends, and stylishly hip locals that are more than happy to rub against each other (purposefully or otherwise) on the sunken dance floor. Making friends with strangers is almost too easy (as is drinking their selection of $6 tall boys), and the chances of running into a long-lost friend, ex-boss, or one of Brooklyn's hip-hop elite are high, too. (Busta Rhymes stopped by earlier this year, and we've seen Talib Kweli and Jean Grae hanging out more than once.) Their cast of guest DJs have been nothing to scoff at either. This year (their 8th together) has brought sets by the legendary DJ Scratch, Calgary's Smalltown DJs, The Bladerunners, Cousin Cole, and Nick Catchdubs among others, proving that they've got pretty great taste in friends too.
Most Underrated Off-Night Parties:
Sunday: 718 Sessions with Danny Krivit @ Santos (Monthly)
Monday: Deep Space with Francois K @ Cielo (Weekly)
Tuesday: Tune In with DJ Gringo and DJ Fyahrama @ Bembe (Weekly)
Wednesday: Player's Club with Skinny Friedman and Sammy Bananas @ Piano's (Weekly)
Thursday: Work with Eli Escobar and LLoydski @ subMercer (First Thursdays)
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