Sidney Samson at LAVO NYC, August 4th, 2011 (Review)
LAVO NYC is quickly becoming one of the premiere EDM spots in Manhattan, and a regular hangout of the DA crew. Week after week the club has been bringing in some of hottest names on the scene — from Dada Life to Calvin Harris, the lineups continue to impress. This past Thursday was no different, so when we got the inside scoop that the Sidney Samson was a go for a surprise appearance at the ultra lounge, we knew we had to be in attendance.
The club this Thursday evoked images of the infamous scene in Eyes Wide Shot, with SHM-style masks filling the crowd as NYC’s hottest lounge bounced along to a barrage of dutch bangers interspersed with classic pop tracks. Dancers in shimmering gold and silver costumes lit up the dancefloor as Sidney moved seamlessly from track to track, mesmerizing the mob with a level of energy that he is so well known for.
Taking the decks at around 1AM, Sidney stuck to his Dirty Dutch roots that we all know and love him for. Opening his set with the Benny Royal Re-Fix of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep,” he quickly got the party going with a perfect start to an eclectic and relentless set. Sidney’s tribal influence really shined through as the bass thumped so heavily through LAVO’s incredible sound system that it was easy to lose ourselves in the cloud of flailing arms and masked bodies. Anonymous figures rowdily thrashed on the dance floor, drinks in hand, as Sidney mixed the Dada Life crunchy electro anthem “White Noise / Red Meat” with an accapella of the Marvin Gaye classic, “Heard it Through the Grape Vine.” The energy was palpable, but that very well could’ve been the sweat and gin pooling in our own celebratory masks. As the energy grew, so did the mayhem — which finally came to a boil when Sidney dropped his chart topping hit, “Riverside.”
Adele – Rolling in the Deep (Benny Royal Re-Fix)
After the smoke cleared and the crowd regained consciousness, the Dutch DJ, departed from his Dirty Dutch roots and played the Bell Biv Davoe classic, “That Girl is Poison.” The night continued in a similar fashion as we were treated to a slew of tribal house drums spiked with pop classics from the likes of Justin Timberlake and even Missy Elliot. We had expected to hear some of his greats (like the electrifying original “Fill U Up,” for example) but were pleasantly surprise with some unique mash ups, including Autoerotique’s “Turn Up the Volume” mixed with bits of Daft Punk’s “Harder Better Faster Stronger.” Although it wasn’t straight Sidney classics, the set did not disappoint the Dutch house fans in the crowd.
Sidney closed out the night with the Chuckie remix of “Where’s Your Head At” which flowed flawlessly into his own remix of David Guetta featuring Fergie and LMFAO’s “Getting Over You.” Finally, he let up on the reigns and brought the crowd back down with the original mix of Promatx featuring Skylar Grey’s “I’m Coming Home.” As the crowd funneled out, the floor was littered with smashed masquerade masks, remnants of a truly unique night at New York’s top hotspot.
Basement Jaxx – Where’s Your Head At (Chuckie Cold Blank Mash Up)
Promatx featuring Skylar Grey – I’m Coming Home (Original Mix)
Don’t forget that if you missed Sidney at LAVO, you’re not completely out of luck. He’ll be performing at Electric Zoo this Labor Day weekend, so be sure to grab your tickets and transportation passes soon, as you won’t want to make the same mistake twice. And, as always: another LAVO Thursday, another Advil and caffeine-fueled Friday.