Flight Facilities Xmas Party @ Goodgod Small Club, Sydney (10/12/2011)

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On December 10, Flight Facilities brought it back to Sydney after months of touring both Australia and abroad in support of their second single, Foreign Language. The last stop of their tour before hitting the summer festival circuit, the Sydney duo rounded up a crew of their friends to throw the Christmas party to end all parties and celebrate the end of a killer year for the boys.

By the time I arrived, Johnny Pow was warming up a packed crowd (complete with aviation attire) of very good looking people at Goodgod. Clearly, Flight Facilities knows how to bring the party – and it was nice to see Hugo and Jimmy mingle with the crowd, hanging out and getting drinks at the bar like regular Joes. Also spotted was the famous street style blogger the Facehunter, complete with model entourage. Clearly, Goodgod was the place to be. Pow’s set was great, dropping chill house beats and creating a good vibe. But at 1am on the dot, Flight Facilities jumped up behind the decks to wild cheers from the crowd.

The pair open with the unmistakable guitar riff from Groovejet by Spiller with that instantly recognizable line “Well if this ain’t love, why does it feel so good”, and the crowd laps it up. Off to a great start, they spin some great sounds and it’s clearly not about dropping songs that will predictably get the crowd going, but songs that they themselves genuinely like. With this in mind, they loop the line “There’s not a problem that I can’t fix” from the old school classic Last Night a DJ Saved My Life by Indeep over Snake Charmer by Bag Raiders. Musicality reigned supreme over dropping the standard dance floor crowd pleasers.

The cutest moment of the night has to be when Hugo’s mum makes a surprise appearance, getting behind the decks wearing a Flight Facilities t shirt in support of her son. It’s a sweet moment that maybe wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for the intimate vibe that Goodgod provides.

After constantly teasing snippets of their two singles Crave You and Foreign Language throughout their set, halfway through the crowd is rewarded with a live rendition of Foreign Language , with Jess Higgs jumping up on the stage to sing the vocals. The sound is great, and the whole place is jumping and singing along, with a guy from the crowd joining her on stage to dance and twirl along.

There’s a lot of unexpected musical choices, but all are sonically pleasing. The track Crystalised by The xx gets the golf clap treatment over a slow burn house beat, and the Crave You refrain is paired with Around the World by Daft Punk. I don’t think any other DJ could make a seamless transition from Madonna’s Into the Groove to the Flight Facilities remix of Cut Copy’s Take Me Over, and intersperse Daft Punk’s Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger in amongst it. Phew.

At 2:25 am, with five minutes to go til the end of their set, the considerably thinned out crowd is rewarded for the patience when Crave You is dropped for the finale. As expected, it goes off and ends a stellar set on a high note. Next on the line up was supposed to be Graz, but as previously announced on their Facebook he couldn’t make but luckily they managed to get a “very special” guest instead. So who was the mystery special guest? None other than Yolanda Be Cool. And who was high five-ing Flight Facilities after they wrap up their set? The boys from nightlife photo blog Hobogestapo. There was just too much swag at Goodgod tonight.


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