UPDATE 9/17: Official minitek apology.
There’s no need for us to post a review of the minitek festival, which on the Soul Clap blog will forever be known as minirek. If you really want to know what went down, check out the Resident Advisor or Rhythmism forums, or for a more positive review check out Daily Session, who we have to thank for recording and posting all the live sets from the festival (unfortunately even this didn’t go smoothly). It’s not that we didn’t have a great time partying outside Saturday & Sunday at Coney Island or late night at Wolf + Lamb & Cheap Sunglasses @ Cielo, it’s just that our homie Henry from AirDrop was (I think) the only full-time staff that the minimoo crew hired to help with the festival, before disappearing/hiding/? for the whole weekend, and after all the stress and responsibility ended up on his shoulders and nearly gave him a nervous breakdown, it’s pretty hard for me look at the festival in a positive light. Either way, there were some great moments, but the best by far for me was Francois K’s set to close out the festival on Sunday. After 2 days of top international talent taking center stage, one of New York’s long-time innovators took the decks (and mic) and proudly reminded the crowd that while “everyone is talking about Berlin, let’s not forget Detroit!” Francois then proceeded to take us on a life-changing journey, capped off with storm sound efx that literally ushered in a cool breeze, and a modern twist on the classic MLK, I Have A Dream sample that replaced Dr. King’s voice with Obama‘s and had everyone’s hands way in the air. Now all you loyal readers are lucky enough to get the highlight of minirek without paying top dollar and dealing with all the bullshit. Enjoy!
Francois K. – Live at minitek Sunday 9/14/08 DOWNLOAD
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