Girls Don't Sync
- Palm Trax
The start of the night feels intimate. GIRLS DON’T SYNC spread love and authentic connection to their crowd with friends including Liverpool-based artist Kolade Ladipo dancing behind the decks with them. Spinning classic vocal samples including Destiny’s Child and Lauryn Hill over eclectic beats, they slip in and out of genres like skipping through a flip book of music. I stumble into two shufflers bopping about at the back of the crowd and as they snap their feet to the rhythm, I too lose myself in the groove.
The crowd sing as they two-step, flicking wrists up as MATTY CHIABI, HANNAH LYNCH, G33 and SOPHIA VIOLET all hop on and off the decks. The quartet ensure the crowd around them are hyped from the moment they set foot in the venue. “There’s no better feeling than playing out to people who sing and dance to the music you select,” they summarise after their set, “but being able to do that together, as genuine mates, there’s no feeling like it.”
Determined in their passion for making our dance spaces more inclusive, Girls Don’t Sync are coming through with flames. The Girls will make a noise when they need to and trust that they know their worth. And, with their USB sticks in hand and headphones slipped over their ears, they’ll make you realise your own too.
At Invisible Wind Factory, MELÉ follows and keeps me dancing and my energy levels topped up. There is, however, a noticeable shift in the crowd once he settles into his set. Feeling uncomfortable surrounded by so many lads, I find refuge on the dancefloor stretching out behind him. I appreciate being able to drift around the decks, the panoramic dancefloor brings a novelty to clubbing with it. The Boiler Room intimacy is slightly lacking, though, with the crowd kept at bay by metal fencing, no video stream and a general separation of artist and audience. But the crowd is excited and it’s good to be a part of it.
PALM TRAX brings his expected groove, with a few samples of Eurodance tunes layered over energetic Italo. He keeps everyone bopping along until the end and there’s a good crowd as the lights are flicked on. If not remarkable, the night is peppered with moments of something intriguing. A bit like waiting for a sneeze, I never quite tip into full release of strobe lights and bodies grooving around me before it’s time to call the taxi home.
However, there’s another story tonight. Watering the roots of Liverpool’s dance music scene, Girls Don’t Sync have worked relentlessly to nurture their community. Not playing as if on a higher level to their crowd, they are one with them. They are friends to their dancers, supporters to their siblings in the crowd, and an inspiration to up and coming DJs in the city. Their own roots are firmly set in their love for music and celebration, empowering everyone who two-steps into their energy field.
As a community promoting safety, inclusivity, and fresh talent, Girls Don’t Sync carry love on their wings as they’ve flown across the UK in recent months. Establishing themselves in Liverpool and since venturing to London and Manchester, they show no signs of slowing down. “Liverpool will always have the biggest place in our hearts,” they tell me. “The crowd and energy [at Boiler Room] was extremely special.”