The level of enthusiasm was at an all time high at Webster Hall’s Girls and Boys last Friday. Kill Paris had the crowd in the palm of his hand spinning everything from new hits on his ‘Foreplay’ EP to old favorites like ‘Baby Come Back.’ Manic Focus brought his a-game as an exceptional opener getting everyone in to the right groove.
The line was out the door as I arrived at Webster Hall. Girls and Boys attendees chilled out and danced on the middle floor until 12:30 when everyone made their way upstairs to see Manic Focus. Right on time Manic Focus busted out onstage dropping gritty jams getting the whole scene into a unified rhythm. He threw out tracks from his new album ‘Cerebral Eclipse’ that catered to the funky crowd but also stuck to his hip-hop roots playing remixes of ‘C.R.E.A.M’ by the Wu Tang Clan and ‘Colt 45′ by Afroman. Giving a shout out to the Floozies he played one of their songs before wowing everyone with his remix of ‘Latch’ by Disclosure. As everyone went wild to his Chumbawumba remix Manic Focus left the crowd wanting more and Kill Paris came in ready to deliver.
Kill Paris made quite the entrance shredding on his shoulder synthesizer. With no need for an introduction he immediately jumped in to his explosive set. From then on Kill Paris was the groove guru and the audience were his worshippers. The crowd was putty in his hands when he played his remix of Bassnectar’s ‘Hold On’ and received his new songs from ‘Foreplay’ with open arms jamming and singing along to “Falling In Love Again” Feat. Marty Rod & Alma (Kill Paris & Bee’s Knees Keytar Mix).
Kill Paris covered a wide spectrum of genres while maintaining his signature sound as he spun an exceptional set that fused together his glitchy beats with old school hits. He made the crowd ‘Give up the funk’ with Parliament then let everyone rock out to a remix of Blur’s ‘Song 2′ that lead seamlessly into ‘Seven Nation Army’ by the White Stripes. Without forgetting hip-hop Kill Paris had everyone rapping to ‘Next Episode’ by Snoop Dog and Dr. Dre. He showed some love to Porter Robinson then with a winning smile, proclaimed, “Haven’t played this in a while,” and dropped his Bill Nye Theme song.
Perhaps the most refreshing part about the night was that the crowd was less concerned with documenting the show with pictures and videos and more interested in connecting to the music and living in the moment. Kill Paris himself couldn’t even hold back singing along and enjoying himself. He is an exceptional performer never taking himself too seriously and focusing on what matters – people coming together to dance to some good music! I will be eagerly waiting for the next time he blows through NYC and I strongly suggest you catch a show soon!