Well, we didn’t see that one coming, but looks like two of our favourite DJs have struck an unlikely alliance. tINI and Molly have been orbiting each other lately with invites to their respective parties, but they’re now taking things to the next level with a string of b2b sets across Europe.
Any profile-raising news for Molly is sweet as honey to my ears. It’s heartwarming when people finally get their dues, and that’s exactly what seems to be happening to her at the minute. The Paris-based DJ has come a long way since starting her ongoing Rex Club residency. Initially a behind-the-scenes employee at the club, she slowly but surely established her mark behind the decks on the boulevards all the while gigging around town, leading her to become a fixture of the French capital. Resident DJ at Paris’ most historic club? Check. Appearances at Concrete and their yearly Weather festival? Check. Ties to the beating heart of French minimal, that is Yoyaku? Che-e-e-e-ck. Molly is one of those local heroes that shape a scene, and if she remains an untiring champion for the best of underground house and techno, her increasingly minimal inclinations reflect Paris’ embrace of the sound. Indeed, with Yoyaku she seems to have struck a chord, with the Belleville outlet releasing her first EP last year.
Not that she’s a newcomer to the genre though, as a look at her list of guests in the past years at Rex Club is testament to her versatility — American underground warriors like Aybee, Kyle Hall or Fred P have rubbed shoulders with the cream of the crop of the European minimal scene, namely Zip (!), Eli Verveine, Vera or Onur Özer — and a look at her schedule is even more revealing: Molly is jumping from Panorama Bar, to dates with the twee Giegling crew, to brasher Ibiza parties, like it’s nothing at all. With her abroad dates showing no sign of slowing down, it’s Paris’ loss, but the rest of the world’s benefit.
tINI, on the other hand, has already been a powerhouse on the house and techno circuit for years. Instead of a Rex Club, it was her ties to Loco Dice and Desolat that broke her through the scene, but she soon enough established her own tINI and The Gang residency in Ibiza — a favourite on the White Isle, whose beach party vibe and free-entry policy until a few years ago marked her as a bit of an outlier amidst the island’s superclubs. Having played the biggest scenes in the world — Coachella no less — The Gang shows tINI’s constant attachment to the music firstly, something all too rare in a corner of the industry that at times seems to have more to do with the stock exchange than with the transformative experience of clubbing. The Gang is tINI’s loose group of affiliates, a Justice League for bumpy beats that pairs more established names like Bill Patrick — with whom tINI’s epic b2b have become the stuff of legends — or Cologne’s own Andy Kolwes with a pool of fairly unknown up-and-comers, and some carefully selected guests, that have included all from Alexandra to Giammarco Orsini. Sure, the brand is centered around tINI’s figure, but its rotating cast makes it about the vibes rather than the names. As Andy told us, she’s “the living proof […] that it’s possible to stay true to yourself and even gain a bigger audience at the same time.”
So now those two names are joining forces, with a series of b2b sets that started on May 9th at Frankfurt’s beloved Robert Johnson, following tINI’s invitation to Molly’s HEAD—ON residency at Rex Club back in January, and continuous appearances with The Gang for Molly over the past few years. This collaboration is a win-win-win situation: tINI maintains her appeal as a big name DJ that still knows what’s hot, Molly’s continuing ascent to DJing royalty is propelled by the partnership, and we, the public, get to see those two unique DJs get face to face. Beyond their respective knack for working a crowd into a frenzy, the two have more in common than it seems. Most importantly they’re DJs first and foremost: although both have made forays into production with success, it’s primarily their skills as party hosts that ground their respective appeal — which in this day and age where everyone seemingly is a DJ is no small feat. While many turn to production to stand out from the mass, those two have mainly relied on the old art of DJing: the ability to select the right tune at the right time, and to string those good tunes over hours into something greater than the sum of its parts. It’s a skill that shines most through their residencies — where you can’t merely fly in, soundcheck, play some bangers, but have to think out the entirety of the night, from the warm-up to the last encore, as a continuous whole, and have to maintain this continuity month-in month-out.
A successful residency shows great curatorial skills, and the next logical step, which funnily enough they’ve both decided to take around the same time, was to launch their own labels. Kicking off last year with a
EP courtesy of Florida’s Michael Zucker and associate Pete An under the Prophets of A New Generation moniker, Molly’s RDV carried on with an Aybee record smothered in his gently psychedelic percussion-heavy style and has already reached its third release, this time crossing the Pond back to Paris for an Aleqs Notal/1977 split.
And now tINI’s taking the plunge, too. Little do we know yet about her Part of The Gang endeavour, except that the first record, out this summer, will mark her return to production and come backed with a Mr. G remix. What more do we need to know, really?
After a gig at Sankey’s on the 10th of May, Molly and tINI will be back together in Barcelona with the whole Gang on June 13th. Last; but not least, the duo will gather again for a Tuesday treat on the island for tINI and the Gang Ibiza Showcase. It seems like we can expect more from this collaboration in the future — a chance to catch two exceptional curators at the top of their games, having a bloody good time together and sharing it with us.
To remark the occasion, MEOKO proudly presents tINI and Molly Exclusive Podcast (2-hour cut of their Rex Club Set). Nothing much to say, turn the volume up and ENJOY!
Words by Pierre-Alexis Chauvin