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Wednesday
Aug082012

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.

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Tuesday
Jul242012

Review: Zeds Dead at Baltimore Soundstage

My plastic glass was literally shaking on the table. The windows of the Baltimore Soundstage vibrated when Zeds Dead took the stage Saturday night, and I almost expected the bass to shatter the glass. The already sweating crowd exploded in excitement when the ZD original, "Adrenaline," blasted through the speakers.

Supporting the new trend of trap, Zeds Dead played "Grove St. Party" by Waka Flocka Flame ft. Kebo Gotti, "Harlem Shake" by Baauer, and the RI Grime & Salva remix of "Mercy" by Kanye West, which sent fans into an absolute frenzy.

ZD played originals such as "1975," "Undah Yuh Skirt," and "Jackie Boy 2.0." I personally freaked out about halfway through the night when Skrillex's remix of "Goin' In" by Birdy Nam Nam was buzzing through the club, as I had reviewed the record as track of the day just a few hours earlier!

Other tracks played during the night included Sub Focus' "Falling Down," Knife Party's "Sleaze," Hulk's "Clockwork," Major Lazer's "Original Don" (Flosstradamus Remix), and a kickass remix of "Gimme Shelter" by the Rolling Stones.

According to the Zeds Dead twitter, it was the guys' first time playing in Baltimore, and the crowd certainly welcomed the duo chanting their name for an encore. ZD snuck back onto the stage with big grins across their faces. It was a great time, and a live show I'd highly recommend! Be sure to catch ZD on their Living Dead tour, and watch out for new stuff from them on the Lounge! And if you missed our interview with them last week, make sure to check it out!

The Living Dead EP, out today on Beatport!

By Laryssa Loza

Follow me on Twitter: @LaryssaLoza

Monday
Apr232012

Review: Porter Robinson at Lavo NYC

Luxurious nightclub Lavo NYC held a spot last Thursday for nineteen-year old electro house connoisseur, Porter Robinson, who was more than ready to take the limelight.  The exclusive club, where everyone was dressed to impress, got the night going before Porter’s arrival with the talent of DJ Bambi, a girl DJ and real class act. The ambiance of crystal, spinning disco balls above the tables, and Grey Goose bottles being popped had everyone anxiously awaiting the producer who had already made his name out in big lights.

After recently signing with Skrillex’s label OWSLA and releasing his debut EP Spitfire, the sensational artist has charted at #1 for his single “Say My Name,” all while still remaining under the legal drinking age. Porter opened with this record, getting the crowd ready for the long thrill ride ahead!


During Miami music week, Porter’s newest single “Language” had all the heads talking and has now held the #1 spot on Beatport! When he dropped the track, it lured people right in like kids in a candy store. Some of the night’s highlights were Skrillex’s “Summit,” Arty’s “Punk,” Nicky Romero’s “Generation,” and of course the classic from Tiesto, “Maximal Crazy.”


Early in the night, Porter dropped the newly released record from Nari and Milani “Atom,” which had the clubgoers dancing on top of tables.  One of the undeniably best Porter Robinson records “Vandalism,” featuring the exceptionally talented vocalist Amba Shepherd, captivated right into everyone’s ears. The imagery within the lyrics and the gripping melody give it the title as the most compelling and catchiest track on the album.


Another massive song of the night was “The Seconds” featuring the beautiful vocals of Jano. Once Porter’s very own hit “Unison,” got the crowd pounding the floor, glowing light sticks were given out for everyone to hold high.


If the crowd didn’t know Porter’s name beforehand, they sure did now and were in for a night full of treats at Lavo! Porter Robinson is on a rapid grind and will, without question, remain in the electronic music scene pumping out massive hits for the youthful, dance music lover’s generation.  

Review By Brooke Forman

Saturday
Apr142012

Coachella 2012 Sunday Preview

Friday at Coachella was sick, and we are pumped to get down to some crazy beats out in the California desert again today. SHM tore up the Coachella Stage last night as the night's closing act, demonstrating the rapid rise in popularity of Electronic Dance Music. We are so psyched for today's EDM acts, which include the talents of filthy dubstep master Borgore, bass-bumping dubstep duo Zeds Dead, House superstars Sebastian Ingrosso and David Guetta, and American progressive trance DJ Kaskade (who is closing the Sahara Tent). 

And now for Sunday's EDM artist highlights...

Zedd (Prog. House/Dubstep, Sahara Tent, 2:00-2:55) - Zedd has produced some sick remixes, and he consistently plays a bumpin set that is sure to please the crowd. 

Flux Pavilion & Doctor P (Dubstep, Sahara Tent, 3:05-4:05) - Dubstep master Flux Pavilion and associated act Doctor P are sure to rock the house with their heavy, headbanging bass anthems. Don't miss. 

Porter Robinson (House/Electro House, Sahara Tent, 4:20-5:15) - The young and talented American DJ always puts on a good show with his melodic, yet heavy beats. One of my favorite acts in the EDM world today.

Dada Life (House/Electro House, Sahara Tent, 5:30-6:25) - The Swedish Electro House duo is known for their crazy, energetic live sets. At last year's Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas, Dada Life sent a 25-piece marching band on their stage to accompany them during their set. Expect a great show.

Nero (Dubstep/Drum & Bass, Sahara Tent, 6:50-8:05) - The British trio of producers Daniel Stephens and Joseph Ray and vocalist Alana Watson puts on a mean show, consistently pleasing the crowd with their poppy dubstep mixes and mellow drum & bass tracks.

Justice (French House, Coachella Stage, 7:45-8:45) - The French House duo Justice is ready to tear apart the Coachella stage with their hard-hitting, groovy electronic beats. They killed it at Ultra Music Festival this year with notable tracks "D.A.N.C.E.," "DVNO," and newer tracks off their 2nd recording Audio, Video, Disco such as "Helix." It is a great opportunity to see Justice perform live again. Do not miss this show! Our review of Justice's performance at Ultra Music Festival can be found here.

Calvin Harris (Electro House, Sahara Tent, 8:25-9:35) - Scottish DJ, vocalist, and record producer Calvin Harris always impresses the crowd with his melodic and lyrical house style. The DJ has recently reached a height of new success for singles such as the ever-popular "Feel So Close," which has been popularly remixed by dubstep artists of Nero and the like. We are super excited to see Calvin perform at this year's Coachella Valley Music festival, after he was blatantly missing from Ultra Music Festival's 2012 Lineup. Don't miss. 

Avicii (Prog. House/Prog. Trance, Sahara Tent, 10:10) - Swedish House superstar Avicii has recently rocketed to an unprecedented level of fame for an electronic music producer, standing on stages with the likes of Madonna at this year's Ultra Music Festival when she infamously asked the packed main stage crowd "How many of you have seen Molly?". Avicii's tracks have become anthems for the Electronic Dance Music scene, and many have broken through to the mainstream. Sure to be a great set.

 

Full Sunday Lineup: