Last night at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City the legendary Giant Step presented the even more legendary Gilles Peterson from the UK.
If you are not familiar with the musical stylings of Gilles you should definitely check him out and any of his amazing mix CDs or his great label called Brownswood Recordings.
Gilles is a DJ that will cover the entire musical spectrum in one set and jump from genre to genre with amazing skill. From funk to house to techno to Latin beats, this guy just brings it all and last night in New York he played one of the best sets I've ever heard at a club.
Starting off with some groovy funk classics from the ‘70s, working it into some house and even peppering in some old school drum and bass, and it was all seamless without any head scratching moments that would typically come with such maneuvers on the decks. The only small downside was that the sound system at LPR was just not up to the task and frequently crunched during his set. Sorry, but the sound is just not that great in this joint.
If you ever get the chance to go see Mr. Peterson, GO! He's not often in the states, so it's a special treat to see him in a city with such an important and incredible musical history. You can dig a little deeper at his blog. And check the mix he has posted for Time Out:
Big thanks to Maurice and all at Giant Step for consistently bringing great shows to NYC and LA. And yes, I ended up outside in line at the burrito truck, NYC burritos do not stand up to LA in any way, I should have just gone for the street dog. Oh well, almost perfect.