YouthandHysteria Party Flicks: Nico Jaar House Party

February 13, 2012 § 5 Comments

I am a frequent visitor of Brown University, where the party scene is abundant and inescapable. Echoes of the name “Nico” has always been present whenever I visited but I never actually knew who this mysterious artist was.

On Saturday night I  finally became part of the Nicolas Jaar audience – enthralled, electrified and enticed.

Jaar’s budding international noterity may have gone to his head, but for good reason – the young artist fully understands music.

This was not your average college techno party. Jaar provided an unexpected mix of minimal electronic beats and popular Hip-Hop and R&B instrumentals and songs that had everyone from all backgrounds in the groove.

Jaar – who has been noted by Pitchfork with “Best New Music” for his debut album Space Is Only Noise – is a 21-year-old senior at Brown who made a name for himself with his praised EPs and record label/art house Clown & Sunset, which are influenced by Chilean techno producer Ricardo Villalobos.

There was a theme throughout the night of a mash-up of generational aesthetics, where the artist laid the old-school voices of Al Green’s “Love and Happiness” and The Marvelettes’ “Please Mr. Postman over futuristic minimal beats.

Highlights included wild clashes of late 90’s-early 00’s urban music with modern synths that were stretched, spun and slowed down that had the crowd begging for more.

Destiny’s Child “Say My Name”, Fabolous’s “Can’t Deny It”, Usher’s “Nice & Slow”, Tweet’s “Oops..”, Cajmere’s “Perculator”, Terror Squad’s “Lean Back” and more were all masochistic victims to Jaar as his fingers turned the knobs on his Lo-Fi soundsystem that scratched and distorted the songs. It made for unforgettably dope renditions.

Endless heights of euphoria were raised to ridiculous levels as Jaar’s beats coursed throughout the atmosphere but slowed down at a peak moment that was dedicated to the late Whitney Houston.

Champagne bottles were sprayed, cigarette smoke choked the air and hipster sweat fogged the windows that all cemented the feeling of rapture.

But the feeling could not last forever. Jaar ended the night with a perfectly fitting child-like carousel melody – the joyride was sadly over.

Check out my snapshots below of my first experience at a Nico Jaar party!

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