LAURA JONES was a new name to this writer when her appearance at the "Futured" series of DJ gigs at Julep was announced; yet when her gig took place on Thursday night, she was greeted by fans who knew her stuff well and loved her for it. She lived up to all of that love, and then some -- it converted this writer too. Listening to Jones' tracks at Beatport, I found them, with the exception of Maceo Plex's remix of her "Love In Me," to be dry and samey, nothing I much cared to play again.
Of the two German
DJs who together are known as M.A.N.D.Y., only one, Philipp Jung, worked the
mix board at Julep Bar last Thursday night, May 31. That was all it took,
however, to enrapture an almost full dance floor from the very first minute of
his two-hour set. Using two CD players and no PC program -- a technique that
seems almost quaint in this era of program mixing via Traktor, Skratch, and
Ableton -- Jung dropped a set as classic as his instrumentation.