Miss Kittin and The Hacker

  • London
  • United Kingdom
  • matter
  • 2009-05-02

Cyber pop in a cyber club: matter’s concrete walls and grey stylings aren’t the most welcoming for clubbers, though you could say it’s a fitting venue for Miss Kittin and The Hacker to perform their integalactic techno. These cold surroundings match the android-like pale complexions of Miss Kitten and The Hacker on stage, dressed in chic black attire as the intergalactic theme for their second album Two is given the perfect setting.

Standing at opposite sides of the stage, the pair stood apart for most of the gig as Miss Kittin took the lead on vocals while The Hacker got busy with is keyboards to lay down the beats. Part lush melodic techno with a spinkling ofeyes down, arms in the air stormers, the duo struggled to fully engage with a crowd keener to hear a continuous pacey mix than individual songs, but they were on captivating form if you knew their live performances were built on composure and attention to detail which demands more than a vague interest in what they are doing on stage.

Extremely well-produced and equally slick in their delivery.

Miss Kittin is undoubtedly the centrepiece, her tight black leather catsuit and belt with the initials “M.K.” helped create a robotic look to go with the otherworldly effects on her vocals. Always striking a pose, she warmed up the crowd with “The Womb”, “Electronic City” and “1,000 Dreams”, though it wasn’t until “Frank Sinatra” was performed that they had control of the vibe. Cries of ‘suck my dick’ and ‘kiss my ass’ were shouted at the stage during the chorus, signs of a gig slowly turning the artists’ way. When Miss Kittin proudly announced everyone likes a bit of cheese it was time for their cover of “Suspicious Minds”, a favourite from Two with a floaty disco feel. As an impressive force behind the decks, Miss Kittin also knows how to party and donned a guitar for “Indulgence”, then spent the end of the set over by The Hacker’s keyboards playing with synths for a more direct rave up to close.

Extremely well-produced and equally slick in their delivery, Miss Kittin and The Hacker may not have got the best reponse at matter, but expect to see them cropping up at more gigs and festivals this summer where their delivery will be more warmly received. Club sets don’t seem right for an act who should be savoured and not be expected to simply provide a soundtrack to a night out.

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