The Playground’s night at Scala saw an impressive array of electro stars line up to for a night of dancefloor action. Para One, South Central, autoKratz, Teenage Bad Girl and Paul Chambers were among the performers at London’s Scala and there was a sense those who knew their electro were in attendance with a lively mix of DJs and live acts over two rooms.
!(feature_l)http://relayer.s3.amazonaws.com/articles/spreads/4da4aec111d5f372d900027c.jpg!France’s Teenage Bad Girl’s brutal electro set the tone for the night. Greg Kazubski and Guillaume Manbell are signed to Vitalic’s Citizen Records and they share a similar style of demolishing dancefloors. They were in no nonense mood for The Playground and warmed up the crowd nicely. Brighton duo South Central followed, bringing the emo rave with their leather jackets, trendy haircuts and a love for holding a synthesiser aloft. Their energetic set took in remixes in the form of Daft Punk’s “Harder, Faster, Stronger”, The Bloody Beetroots’ “Warp 1.9” and Justice vs Simian’s “We Are Your Friends”. Among the rave tunes they found space for Nirvana’s “Lithium” much to the delight of the crowd.
Para One produced a more progressive sound sitting comfortably between his electro of old and new minimal techno stylings.
!(feature_r)http://relayer.s3.amazonaws.com/articles/spreads/4da4aeee11d5f372d900027e.jpg!AutoKratz followed with a shortened but well-received set with vocalist David Cox strutting his stuff around the stage as they unleashed some dirty basslines before headliner Para One showcased his new material. Once famed for powerful electro hits “Dudun-Dun” and remixes for Daft Punk and MSTRKRFT, tonight he produced a more progressive sound sitting comfortably between his electro of old and new minimal techno stylings for a smooth groove with choppy edits for a welcome return to London. Paul Chambers rounded off the night DJing an electro set – he regularly plays alongside dance acts such as Justice, Tiga, Erol Alkan, Boys Noize, and 2ManyDJs, and his knowledge of keeping a dancefloor moving until the early hours really paid off as he kept the party vibe flowing until the end. But the night was Para One’s who will hopefully be putting in more performances in the UK now he’s back releasing new material – check out last year’s EP “Kiwi / Toadstool” for a taste of things to come from him.
_Next up for The Playground is The Krays, Yuksek, Brodinski, Uffie and more at Koko on Saturday, April 23rd. For details go to www.theplayground.co.uk
Photography by Freya van Lessen.