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 glowing palm trees, beanbags to sit on and pyramids to climb into, while inside, lasers fly in every colour on the spectrum and neon geometric shapes hang above.
Guy Gerber, The Black Madonna, and Dense & Pika were invited into the fold for week five, joining Paradise regulars Patrick Topping, Skream, and wAFF. Following Mathew Jonson delivering a polished live set of his own productions, Guy Gerber commanded the terrace, layering Carl Craig’s remix of ‘Till We Meet Again’ with meaty peak time ammunition. Skream finished off his set in the main room with a taste of his forthcoming 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 Solardo’s ‘Blackout’ 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, 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’. 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. Patrick brought with him a mighty bag of goods to dispel onto the doting crowd and has clearly become a Paradise favourite as a resident. Jamie Jones and his guests brought us to 6:30, no one’s energy inside DC-10 faltering once, week 5 officially concluded with an afters at Blue Marlin.
A dosage of Paradise is just what is needed in the frequently unsettling big wide world. Hedonistic escapism being exactly what the doctor ordered.