Doors for Hard's Rump Shaker kicked open at 10 p.m., with trap's Green Lantern getting the place warmed up. We heard the set was fire, but we walked in just as French Fries was catching his peak, a little after 11 p.m.
The South American turned Parisian served up a tasty appetizer of dark but funky rhythms and grooves. The crowd was still relatively small, but the dance floor filled with slowly shaking bodies ready to get the night going. FF kept the beat moving, bobbing silently under dark lighting until someone else grabbed the mic.
"Hey guys, what's up? I'm Flume from Australia." The next performer was taking his place when the music stopped and some technical difficulties gave the crowd a minute of silence. It was a quick blip, but one that would seem to occur between every set of the night, punctuating each hour or so with a minute of strange quiet.
Flume brought the energy back up with a relaxed, hip sound. He kept it trillwave-y and all about vibe as his name filled Grand Central's LED screen, big and bold behind him. The crowd was definitely feeling it as the energy slowly amped higher and higher.
French foursome Birdy Nam Nam were up next, taking time to set up as trap hits played over the club's sound system. In a world full of button-pushers, BNN is a glowing exception. The group seamlessly jockeys records and samples, taking turns laying down grooves, cutting 'em up, and turning out mixes on the fly, all while bobbing to the beat.
From the get go, they were focused hard on their decks, and they showcased their skills to huge applause. Keeping things in the trap mood, they were the perfect thing leading into masked man UZ's hard, dark vibe.