Leon Vynehall and Martyn played Input at Output in Brooklyn
Every single portion of the club sound spectrum was put to the test Thursday night (4/3) as Matrixxman, Leon Vynehall, and Martyn played Input at Output in Brooklyn, New York. These artists put the full capabilities of Output’s sound on display. Even when the system was at max volume, the rich, full sound was never painful or overbearing. At the system’s peak, you could feel the bass thundering through you, but the sound was so carefully balanced that you didn’t need earplugs or to even shout to the people next to you! Once again, this Funktion One system’s clarity shone through.
While it’s easy to say that any artist could sound good on this sound system, it took a special group of talent to craft this memorable night. Matrixxman spun while Output was still filling up with eager participants. His vibes provided the perfect backdrop for mingling with familiar faces, and encouraged buying drinks to make the unfamiliar faces members of the family. With Frankie Knuckles’ recent departure still clearly in many people’s memory (more on this later), the ethos of house music was on full display and it was one of the warmest, friendliest crowds I’ve had the pleasure of dancing with at Output.
Sometime around midnight, Leon Vynehall graced the decks and began to provide the floor with warm tracks that matched the growing energy of the crowd. As the dance floor kept filling to near capacity past the midnight hour, the pace of the music quickened and what started as a morose, tense audience was quickly loosening. Knees started shaking, arms started quivering, and limbs started to crash to the floor with the beat of the kick drum. Leon’s own track “Brother,” provided one of the earliest peaks to a roller coaster ride of an evening as the crowd rode over the first crest.
While Leon kept the crowd busy on the main dance floor, the intimate Panther Room was also buzzing. With its fireplace ablaze and its bar pouring shots like a waterfall, the Panther Room was a showcase of warm, homey house tunes. With the unfortunate, recent diabetes-related death of Frankie Knuckles affecting the entire dance community, I knew that any traditional house DJ worth their salt would be offering at least one tribute to Frankie in their sets. DJs Bloody Mary and Carlos Alkalina didn’t disappoint. Within the short time I spent in the Panther Room, Frankie’s classic “Whistle Song” kept the attentive crowd grooving and contemplative.
By the time Martyn hit the decks in Output’s main room, the crowd had been well warmed up. A personal favorite was the spinning of Cos Ber Zam – Ne Noya (Daphni Mix). Always a welcome addition to the dance floor, Daphni is the house alter-ego of Dan Snaith, aka Caribou, the artist behind 2010’s critically acclaimed (and in many cases, Album of the Year), Swim. Daphni’s house edit of this afro-beat classic is certainly no pop track, but instead shows you how this night’s selectors had the crowd eating out of their hands.
Martyn took this energy and spun it to a crescendo, starting with the soul-filled house of Mr. G’s “Daily Prayer…”
…and continuing the heat until he dropped one of my favorite tracks of the past year… Mount Kimbie’s “Made To Stray.”
While yours truly had a quite unfortunate misunderstanding of the lyrics of this track, choosing to comically ask Martyn the ID of the track “Bad Thursday,”
— MARTYN3024 (@MARTYN3024) April 4, 2014
“Made To Stray” remains one of my favorite tracks of 2013, and I will not be forgetting its name again anytime in the near future.
Input at Output continues to provide New York City dance lovers with one of the best weekday party experiences that any city has to offer. With the upcoming Thursday nights providing music courtesy of techno goddess Nina Kraviz (4/10), house music wunderkind Jacques Greene (4/17), British producer Duke Dumont (4/24), and more, this is one Thursday night party that has not shown a single sign of slowing down since its inception. It is one of the best parties of any night of the week, period.