Sleigh Bells and Die Antwoord also appear at the inaugural exhibition of art and music
Mark Ronson headlined the first of the Creators Project, an international series of events, at Milk Studios in New York on Saturday (26 June).
Playing live tracks alongside his classic DJ set of hip-hop and old skool soul, the New York-based producer unveiled songs from his new album, ‘Record Collection’, set for release in September.
Around 300 people, including actor Josh Hartnett, squeezed into Milk Studios‘ first floor gallery for Ronson‘s intimate two-hour set, which included performances from collaborators MNDR (aka Amanda Warner) for new single ‘Bang Bang Bang’ and Phantom Planet‘s Alex Greenwald, who sang the Ronson-tweaked version of Radiohead‘s ‘Just’ while executing an impressive crowd-surf.
Ex-Pipettes singer Rose Elinor Dougall took to the stage for two new ‘Record Collection’ tracks, ‘Hey Boy’ and ‘You Gave Me Nothing’ – the latter a song co-written by Jonathan Pierce of The Drums. Ronson ended the night with the first public airing of ‘Somebody To Love Me’, which features vocals from Boy George.
Earlier in the evening, Brooklyn electro-hardcore duo Sleigh Bells launched into 30 minutes of their much-hyped, distorted noise pop.
As softly-spoken frontwoman Alexis Krauss let out blood-curdling screams, guitarist Derek Hill used his distortion pedals and pounding drum machines to full, deafening effect. Dousing herself in water before throwing the remains into the sweaty crowd, Krauss hurled herself around the stage with feral abandon as Sleigh Bells thrashed through tracks including ‘Tell’ Em’, ‘Crown To The Ground’ and the thunderous title track from debut album ‘Treats’.
South African rap troupe Die Antwoord‘s first ever performance in New York clashed with Interpol‘s much-anticipated live return, but they still generated a queue to enter the packed gallery.
Opening with the brilliantly weird ‘Enter The Ninja’, the four-some’s set didn’t disappoint their cult following, who surged forward into a sweaty mass.