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Published in Mixmag July 2011
Words: Craig Torrance
Where XOYO, Cowper Street, London
When Regular parties in London and Lincoln
Music Energetic electro and house
A few years back we noticed an interesting little party being thrown in the clubbing outback that is Lincoln. Annie Mac was already citing Moda as one of her favourite parties, and she’d only played for them once. It was being run by two fledgling DJs, Jaymo & Andy George. They were proud as punch to have Mixmag up, and the party was a blast.
Fast-forward to today and the lads have their own show on Radio 1, are regularly touring the globe, consider the likes on Annie Mac and Hervé as peers, have their own label (Moda, of course) and are about to drop their first compilation on it. They’ve also been tour residents for Mixmag, and we’ve even flown planes with them. With the Moda brand having grown so much, and the lads hosting their third night at one of our fave new London venues, XOYO, we thought it was about time we found out whether they still know how to throw a party.
We rock up just before midnight to find XOYO already bursting at the seams with all manner of sounds, sights and smells. Though predominantly a young and colourful crowd, there are also older clubbers getting involved. We head down into the huge cave of darkness that is the venue’s main room where Mylo, kitted out in a suit, has just dropped New Order’s ‘Blue Monday’. The crowd are going nuts. He quickly wraps things up (apparently we’ve just missed a cringe-worthy moment when his laptop shut down) and hands over to Belgium’s Vito de Luca, aka cosmic disco protagonist Aeroplane. He quickly gets his groove on, mixing up Aeroplane classics like their remix of David Rubato ‘Circuit’ with some unheard bits that have his production fingerprints all over them.
Finishing the night are Jaymo & Andy themselves who’ve just arrived from an earlier Moda night in Oxford. They’ve timed it just right to get in and pour themselves a pint of G&T before nailing it till kicking-out. Not only do the lads know how to throw one, they still know how to party themselves.