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Yoda Goes To The Movies

Cargo, Friday night & time to watch Yoda go to the movies:

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I hadn't seen such a fever-pitched Cargo crowd since the Avalanches set, 16 November 2001 or when Eddy & I DJ-ed alongside Soulwax for that legendary December 2001 Remix night (pictured below):

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I took my 'seat', minus popcorn, right of stage and was immediately dazzled by Yoda's Pioneer DVJ-X1's, twin Technics decks, Vestax mixer & monitors providing and projecting a visual pot-pourri of pre-dominantly 80s audio-visuals that included 'Scarface', 'The Big Lebowski', 'The Running Man', the dueling banjo sequence off 'Deliverance' (now I realise where Aphex may have got his twisted look from!), 'Masters Of The Universe', Jacko's 'Billie Jean', DMC Mixing championships footage and of course, healthy Yoda namechecks from 'Star Wars'.

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Many have paved the way for live 'Visual Scratching', in recent years, Coldcut with V-Jamm, Eclectic Method & Hexstatic, the latter Yoda told me inspired him to show off his own VJ-ing style & fashion. For me though, Yoda's made VJ-ing the most palatable and all-round entertaining. Smiling people watched, cheered, jaws dropping in excited amazement; unlike other VJs, the force was with Yoda who had a core crowd dancing to his familiar rhythms and beats.

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Like my Jazzy Jeff/Will Smith gig, I thought, how can I follow this; all my DVD battle weapons were at home! Fortunately, the worry soon vanished as, like my recent Barcelona set, the open-minded crowd were well up for it.

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I love playing a straight techno, hip-hop or house set but when I can really mix it up, that's the lick. Friday night's crew got hyped to everything from old skool rave classics like Stakker's 'Humanoid', Prodigy's 'No Good', banging booties a la Phil 'N Dog's 'Dr. Pressure' & Tarantino mash-ups right through to drum & bass doozies e.g. Fugees "Ready Or Not" (torn up by Hype/Zinc), Orbital's 'Dr. Who' (timely with Dr. Who back on the beeb!), the Kaiser Chiefs etc, ending my set at 3AM, the floor still rammed with the Chemical Brother's next single "Believe" pumping.

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Posted on March 14, 2005 at 08:31 AM

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