Jimmy Van M, The Cross, September 2006

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26/09/2006 | The Cross | Support: Crispin, Robbie Lowe, Jeff Drake 

Sweetchilli; so hot right now. It seems as though it has been the benchmark of every club I have ever been to since my early days as a young, reckless hooligan. And given the many changes in my life since then, it seems as though no matter what happens, Sweetchilli will always be there. Like a proud parent embracing its children, even if those children are quite off their faces, it has brought us so many great memories. But putting aside all the sentimental crap, they really do know how to put on a fucking awesome party.

I can’t help but wonder what my life would have been like without Sweetchilli; probably extremely dull that’s for sure.This night in particular was held at the newly refurbished upper floor of The Bourbon, also known as ‘The Cross’, on Darlinghurst road. The wind had just decided to pick up and there I was, standing outside freezing my arse off waiting to get past the barricade of security, who at the time were trying to persuade a group of young tourists to enter the reverberating stairwell. Having breached the entrance and making my way upstairs, the sound of Jeff Drake stirring up the already packed dance floor alerted me to the fact I needed to get a drink as quickly as possible and continue into the main room. Just in time, Jeff Drake drops one of my new favourite tracks, Spirit Catcher’s remix of Satoshi Tomeii’s ‘Glow’, I was so excited. Although after this something came to my attention this night in particular, and that was that I hardly knew any of the tracks played throughout the evening. Don’t get me wrong, I listen to a lot of music, but it goes to show you there’s just so much good stuff coming out at the moment. Especially in the world of 1001 genres of electronic music, it certainly is a pleasure to be shown some music that isn’t the latest song by Shannon Noll (although ‘Lonely’ is quite a touching addition to his growing selection of timeless classics).

Enough about that, the man of the moment was indeed Mr. Jimmy Van M, who graced us with his ability to get the crowd cheering, hands in the air, for almost every track he played. It just kept building and building every single time and the atmosphere was just fantastic! The crowd once again as always were a fun bunch of Sweetchilli lovers, with lot’s of familiar faces throughout. I somehow managed to have a chat with some of them in between the absolute madness coming from the soundsystem, most of whom would disappear only for me to find them retreating to the double bed in the other room. I don’t care if it was comfortable, it’s just plain rude! The best part of the night for me had to be when everyone was trying to squish up to the front of the room when Jimmy played the Wrecked Angle remix of ‘Age of Love’, to which was then followed by ‘Love Stimulation’ by Humate. There was certainly a lot of love in the room, and that is why everyone just keeps coming back for more. It’s very touching.

As for the new venue I had heard so much about, it really is a great home for Sweetchilli. It has a great main room and the sound is not too bad either, not to mention the bigger selection of drinks. I was very pleased to get my hands on a bottle of Asahi, it has to be one of my favourite beers. In conclusion, I would like to thank Jimmy Van M and all of the locals who brought us a fantastic selection of music to shake our buts to. I would also like to thank the entire inthemix bunch who always make it such a pleasure to be there. Last but not least, thankyou again Sweetchilli for another great night of seriously hot music!

(Review by Tyler Durden – inthemix.com.au)

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