Taking over the back room of i-D’s pop-up space, dance hall king, Kyle Hall laid down some serious, foot loose tracks, headlining the NTS take-over session for Boiler Room. Jazz hands.
Filing into an empty, concrete room in an orderly fashion, furnished only with a set of decks and a couple of seats, the crowds attending i-D’s Boiler Room session needed only music and chat to keep them content. Taking the reins and easing us all in nicely, Alex Chase, owner of One-handed Music, sidled up to the sound-system, bouncing out tunes that got the crowd shuffling. Techno DJ and general happy chappy, Olly Chubb followed, with UK Bass trio 92 Points taking the decks next and DJ Cherrystones and Dark Sky building anticipation ahead of the main headline act, doing their thing, way big, unbridled, at full throttle. Relentless, impressive, original, loud and proper good, banter bubbled over and the vibes kept mellow. Until Kyle arrived. Needing no introduction, the night’s host and general epic MC Thristian BPM hustled on the Detroit-based beat lacer to tear up the last hour of the event, playing his signature tripped-out, left-wing jazz-tronica with experimental finesse.
If your name wasn’t down you couldn’t come in, but you can watch again. Keep an eye out for the live stream of the night’s intense action, which will be live and available next week. Job done.
Text: Milly McMahon