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Review: R3hab & Swanky Tunes at Pacha NYC

We all know how adamant Amy Winehouse was about not going to rehab; but then again, rehab for her wasn't at Pacha. Last Friday night, R3hab killed it at the Midtown club along with Swanky Tunes, egged on by one of the biggest and rowdiest crowds I have ever seen at Pacha. While indubitably brilliant as a DJ, R3hab also demonstrated his talents in keeping a partying jumping until dawn. 

The Dutch DJ and record producer kept the crowd in suspense for a few hours before finally opening his set at 1 AM. Starting off with a few samples of his fellow DJ’s tracks, such as "Hell Yeah" by Tiesto and Showtek, a huge crowd pleaser that made the mosh pit of a crowd even sweatier.

My hype kicked in when he played my personal favorite, "Ladi Dadi" (Tommy Trash Remix). He then progressed to some newly released tracks, sampling Eva Simon’s "I Don’t Like You." Spinning a variety of head-thrashing bass, and light-hearted party anthems, R3hab managed to keep his transitions as slick as the dance floor.


But what all the fist-pumpers came to hear were some original R3hab creations and he did not disappoint. Aside from featuring his renditions of popular songs such as "Pass Out" by Tini Tempah, he proved his high-profile EDM status by adding some rehab remedy to "Pon De Floor," “Bounce”, and “Do The Dada”. R3hab’s standout original mix of the night was “Pump The Party” that he created alongside Ferrucio Salvo. Hot and heavy, this track left the audience more addicted than ever.

After a solid two hours of liquifying the crowd’s ears, R3hab had Swanky Tunes take over the turntables. As if the crowd hasn’t been through enough already, Swanky surprised everyone with an outstanding set. Hailing from Russia, Swanky Tunes has a unique sound that combines quirky beats that have a dark undertone to them, giving all of their mixes a rather wicked trademark sound. A collaboration piece with R3hab that Swanky Tunes played was “Sending My Love”, a well-known sample that these two acts turned in to a serious electronic gem. Definitely be on the watch out for Swanky Tunes; they are sure to become the headliner at a show near you very soon.

Don't buy in to the hype of R3hab’s name - if you are a die hard electro-head, R3hab is only going to make your addiction to bass and beats even more consuming. Sick tracks, sick venue, sick show; R3hab and Swanky Tunes are not for the weak of heart. After a night of partying with these guys at Pacha, I think I need some real medical attention to recover.

Asian Correspondent Anne Chang with R3hab

Set Highlights & Crowd Favorites


"Hell Yeah" - Tiesto & Showtek
"Flashback/Chainsaw The Night" (R3hab Remix) - Calvin Harris
"I Don’t Like You" (R3hab remix) - Eva Simons
"Top of The World" (R3hab Remix) - Ansol and Dyro
"I Can Only Imagine" (R3hab Remix) - David Guetta and Lil Wayne
"Breakn' a Sweat" - Skrillex and The Doors
"We’ll Be Coming Back" (R3hab Remix) - Calvin Harris
"Sleaze" - Knife Party
"Ladi Dadi" (Tommy Trash Remix) - Steve Aoki
"Pass Out" (R3hab Remix) - Tini Tempah
"Do The Dada" - Dada Life
"Bounce" (R3hab Remix) - Calvin Harris
"Scream" (R3hab Remix) - Usher

Swanky Tunes

"Toulouse" (Swanky Tunes Remix) - Nicky Romero
"We Are Young" (Swanky Tunes Remix) - Fun ft. Janelle Monae
"You and 1" - Nordean and Eric Hecht
"Sending My Love" - R3hab and Swanky Tunes
"In My Mind" (Swanky Tunes Mix) - Axwell
"Satisfaction" (Swanky Tunes Remix)

By Anne Chang

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