Our lowdown on Paradise week five
Jamie Jones has built an army of followers who come crawling to DC-10 at the end of the airport runway each and every Wednesday. Paradise is the destination and their fourth-year tenure is well underway.
This year Jones and crew take us on A Virtual Trip through house avenues and into techno corners. Assisting on this journey in the garden are neon glowing palm trees, beanbags to rest on and 3D pyramids to climb into. Inside lasers fly in every colour on the spectrum and geometric shapes hang above eager clubbers.
Guy Gerber, The Black Madonna, and Dense & Pika were invited into the fold for week five, joining Paradise regulars Patrick Topping, Skream, and wAFF.
We arrived in time to catch the end of Mathew Jonson delivering a polished live set. Guy Gerber then commanded the terrace, layering Carl Craig’s remix of ‘Till We Meet Again’ with meaty peak time ammunition. Meanwhile, Skream finished off his set in the main room by teasing his unreleased track ‘Face Down In The Water’, before handing over to The Black Madonna.
Having shared a residency at Smart Bar in Chicago with Derrick Carter and Frankie Knuckles, The Black Madonna is a well-noted blender of the old and new. Her presence in the booth was full of energy, watching the crowd and checking if they were really ready for the fire she was about to douse. Delivering an impeccable and fresh fusion, she looped the all-time classic disco vocal from ‘Let No Man Put Asunder’ over
Delivering an impeccable and fresh fusion, she looped the classic disco vocal from ‘Let No Man Put Asunder’ over Solardo’s ‘Blackout’ out on Snatch! Records, a beat almost four decades its junior. Jumping from sultry house to sassy diva records, there were some priceless manoeuvres from her, including a smart blend into Roman Flügel’s ‘Sliced Africa’.
When Jamie Jones took the reigns in his haven of the terrace, once again Dc-10 was entirely his playground. Making everyone weak at the knees with his bouncy conduct of the room with ‘Get It On’ from Hector Couto and later Dennis Cruz – ‘Fever’. Jones still knows what he’s doing anywhere he plays, but most especially here.
Patrick Topping has become a heavy hitter on the club and festival circuit since first landing on Jamie’s Hot Creations imprint in 2013. He had the task of closing the main room and was fully in charge after 5am, bringing a mighty bag of goods to dispel onto the doting crowd, he has clearly become a Paradise favourite as a resident.
Jamie Jones and his guests brought us to 6:30 with no one’s energy inside DC-10 faltering once. Week 5 was officially concluded with an afters at Blue Marlin the following day and night.
A dosage of Paradise is just what is needed in the frequently unsettling big wide world. Hedonistic escapism being exactly what the doctor ordered.