y hopes for Flash Factory were shattered when I saw the fifth person bug Tiga on stage this past Friday. It was opening night at Manhattan's newest club spot, and some 60 people were gathered around a cluster of VIP tables behind the DJ booth, rubbing shoulders with the performers and pestering them to take selfies. The previous week, I'd read an article in the New York Times billing Flash Factory as a venue looking to take a populist approach to Manhattan clubbing. I'd imagined it to be a sort of club for the people—a venue where the focus was on dancing rather than being seen—so the sight of VIP tables right behind the DJ booth and in full view of the crowd just didn't sit right with me.
That said, the 130db custom sound system by Divine Lab gave Output's Funktion-One a run for its money. Hearing Tiga play Spank Rock's "Gully" through these speakers was fucking mental. He went on to roll through hits like The Martinez Brothers remix of Green Velvet's "Bigger Than Prince," the Eats Everything recut of the Tiga and Audion track "Let's Go Dancing," Ghettoblaster's "Back That Ass Up," and Tiga's recent Hudson Mohawke collab, "E Planet." All in all, it was a night of well-curated floor-fillers.