Disclosure and TNGHT - Central Park Summerstage - 8/6/13
Disclosure and TNGHT
Central Park Summerstage
Better Than: Catching up on all you missed at OVO Fest.
Jessie Ware put on her sassy pants last night. Rumors had been circulating through the crowd at Disclosure's show at Central Summerstage that the British songstress was there, and when she was ushered onstage by London-based brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence to play her part in their song "Confess to Me," she was amped. "New York!" she screamed, bounding across the stage in a white blazer and gold hoop earrings. "I want to see you DANCE!" Hands reached up to touch her amidst the smoke machines and flashing lights, and the audience did as they were told. When the song finished, she teased, "Did you really think this wasn't going to happen?" and launched into Disclosure's remix of her hit "Runnin'." For 10 minutes, she was unstoppable.
Her appearance was just one highlight in a night filled with them. Queens rappers Mobb Deep showed up for a surprise set with co-headliners TNGHT, aka Lunice x Hudson Mohawke, the ass-quaking production team best known for G.O.O.D. Music's "Mercy", and Disclosure invited one more guest, UK crooner Sam Smith, to tear up the vocals on set closer "Latch." As much as it was about TNGHT's bass blast radius of the entirety of Central Park, the night was also about how far Disclosure have come since their very first U.S. performance at Glasslands not even a year ago, especially with the release of their near-flawless debut album, Settle.
But first, TNGHT had to come as close as they could to blowing out New York Parks Department's sound system. After having the misfortune to draw the same time slot as R. Kelly at Pitchfork Music Festival just a few weeks ago, Lunice and HudMo made the most of their time in the spotlight. The former was especially stoked, getting down from the DJ booth and dancing to cuts like "Box Chevy" by Rick Ross and Rockie Fresh's "Panera Bread," which they interposed on their own instrumentals like their self-titled EP's "Gooo" or "Higher." "We love the hip-hop culture," Lunice added, in case there was any doubt, by way of introduction to Mobb Deep. Their arrival was well-received, but also impossible not to notice a downtick in the overall energy in the absence of TNGHT's bowel-clearing bass.