Acoustically perfect and tastefully futuristic, the intimate Cielo is the perfect environment to hear a DJ as musically informed as François K embark on marathon sonic voyages through the deep, the dubby and the spaced out. Something that happens every Monday at François's legendary Deep Space residency here, where diverse musos like Martyn, Gilles Peterson and Radio Slave join the one-time disco legend with their most abstracted musical explorations. Tellingly, François himself describes it as the only venue he has truly felt at home in and just about anyone that passes through the doors of this NYC gem feels an instant affinity with the place. New York clubbing brought back to basics without ever being basic - everything from the decor to the Funktion One system to the guests that work it to the max is of the highest grade imaginable.
"Playing small clubs as opposed to arenas is all about the warmth - in the soundsystem, the crowd response, the management skills, Cielo has this in spades," says Ben Watt.