Cosmic Kids Blast Off at L.A.'s SPiN Standard

By Hobey Echlin
Last night, SoCal daft punks Cosmic Kids (Ron Poznansky and Dan Ternow) celebrated the release of their stellar nu-disco 12-inch on Chit Chat Records (hand silk-screened and numbered, no less) at the SPiN Standard ping-pong club at the Standard, Downtown LA. Fueled by cans of PBR and custom paddles courtesy of Pabst Blue Ribbon, midweek partiers bobbed their heads while working on their backhands as Chit Chat label head Tony Adams laid down a chunky, chugging disco set (despite a steady stream of errant ping-pong balls) that included both sides of the Cosmic Kids single -- the spacey, soaring "Freight To My Soul" (embedded below) and its B-side, a disco edit of Fleetwood Mac's "Never Going Back Again" -- alongside classics like Marvin Gaye's "Got To Give It Up" and remixes of fellow LA disco revivalists Poolside and Classixx.

A ping-pong club might at first seem an unlikely venue for a dance party, but, said Standard Cultural Director Ben Adams, that was exactly the point. "We wanted to do something a little different." And indeed, SPiN Standard, with its if-Wes-Anderson-directed-Blade-Runner take on a future-retro sports bar, seemed pretty perfect for the Cosmic Kids likewise future-retro sensibility: a little kitchsy, even more sincere,  and a lotta fun. By midnight, as many people were throwing down on the ad hoc dancefloor as there were playing ping-pong, pausing only to kick stray balls, which only added to the free-for-all spirit."Cosmic Dan" Ternow, for one, couldn't have been happier. "This is perfect," he beamed.

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