Jacques Renault headlines CTC's first Big Apple-based event

It's Saturday night within Brooklyn’s The Lodge. The atmosphere is reminiscent of Aspen, Vienna, and Snowbombing. Partygoers deck themselves out in vibrant colored ski attire, winter sweaters and faux fur vests. Pan-Atlantic duo of veteran party promoters Supply and UK music blog Chase The Compass (CTC)  host the evening and provide the décor which includes floor to ceiling Christmas trees, skis and fake snow. 

Entering from behind a curtain we are suddenly in a proper winter wonderland. To reach the dancefloor, guests maneuver through a snow-lined pathway complete with real evergreen trees on either side. The disco ball high above the dancefloor strategically scatters white lights across the room evoking images of snowflakes. As for the VIP area, it’s akin to a cabin’s loft with wooden benches, rugs and bookshelves filled with American classics. The only ornaments missing are a moose head on the wall and a log fire in the corner. 

Supply and CTCs’ ability to transform a cavernous warehouse in the heart of Brooklyn into an alpine-themed ski resort speaks volumes to the pairing’s attention to detail. For five and a half hours, the smiles are constant, the drinks flow freely and the tunes blare from a line-up of DJs equally impressive to the ambiance of the event. New York-based DJ Wilki  is first up on the decks making himself right at home by taking off his snowshoes and spinning in only wool socks as guests trickle in.NYC’s Walker & Royce are next. 

Wearing his best winter sweater, Gavin Royce gets the room full. The rising stars of Moda Black play their Essential New Tune ‘Sister’ and Royce blesses the crowd with the duo’s remix of 12 Stories’ ‘Bright Lights’, which was crowned by Eats Everything as the “the best dancefloor record out at the moment” with a baseline that “goes off.”

By the time Jacques Renault steps up to the decks, The Lodge is in full swing, ready for his roving house and techno inspired contemporary disco.The groovy disco-house DJ plays several songs off his Brooklyn-based label Let’s Play House and off his new LP, ‘Zentrum’. Two tracks that get the crowd pulsing are Borrowed Identity’s bass heavy ‘Red Acid Clouds’ off Renault’s label and Tom Blip’s afro-house inspired ‘Wrong Guanco’.  Renault tells DJ Mag USA that his favourite tune of the night is DJ Fett Burger’s ‘NYC Party Track’.  “How fitting,” he chuckles. 

Supply New York’s DJ trio of Misawa, Jordan James and Griffin Camper finish the evening off in style and do not take their feet off the gas. They seem to move their guests like puppeteers, with their infectious energy. The trio’s most well-received songs include Hot Since 82’s ‘Voices’ and the Todd Terje edit of Stealers Wheel’s ‘Stuck In The Middle With You’. Still, it’s the feel-good ‘90s tune, Danny Krivit’s reimagining of Soul Central’s ‘Strings Of Life’ that culminates on this wonderful evening. 

As revellers retreat into the Brooklyn night in search of the after party, guests swear there are snowflakes falling from the sky. Or maybe they’re just delirious from hours of dancing.  Following CTC’s inaugural party this side of the Atlantic, the music blog tells us, “We were welcomed with open arms by New York and would like to say a big thanks for an unforgettable experience.”

Supply adds: “At The Lodge, we danced, we grooved, and shared our favorite tunes with friends, old and new. Countless smiles were had and we can’t wait for the next party.” Neither can we.

WORDS: Scott Enman