Thomas Gold at Size Matters Governors Island, August 20, 2011: the highlights and photos
It’s not often that we make mistakes on the job, but as the old saying goes, “you live and you learn from your #partyfouls.” You see, somehow the entire tracklist from Thomas Gold’s set at Governors Island — you know, the one before Steve Angello’s — got deleted from my phone. What more? Apparently the setlist didn’t get saved to Thomas’ own USB drive either, leaving us feeling awful about being unable to bring you the usual play-by-play. Thomas was kind enough to help us put together some of the tracklisting especially so we could tell you all about his two phenomenal hours of music. But, our experience was far too good not to share with you guys, so we’re going to do a rundown of the highlights — and share a bunch of great photos — with you instead. All you need to do is click after the break.
Thomas went on stage at Governors Island as soon as the cluck struck 7PM, and out of the gate he showed that he wasn’t going to hold back. Even with the tall task of opening for SHM member and fellow Size Records act Steve Angello, Thomas had a phenomenal selection of tracks that had everyone talking the next day. For what it’s worth, we heard his sets at the Pacha NYC Afterparty and at Fontainbleau in Miami on Sunday were top notch as well.
The opening sequence was an exquisite mix of Thomas’ remix to “Judas” with a special edit of Alesso’s remix to “Pressure” and the Hardwell dub of “Boy.” He also played another massive bootleg of “Blow Up” with the Eurythmics “Sweet Dreams” and the acapella of “Pump Up The Jam.” A particularly inventive blend of “Turbulence” with Gregori Klosman’s “Mutfakta” and the “Flashback” accapella and was also one of the better combinations early in the set.
A smattering of Thomas Gold smashes also got recognized, including “Marsch Marsch (2011 mix),” “Agora (2011 Festival Mix),” and a bootleg of “Areena” with the acapella of Everyone But The Girl’s “Missing.” He didn’t stop with originals, and played a number of his awesome remixes, including the ones to Sander Van Doorn’s “Reach Out,” Lady Gaga’s “Judas” and, of course, Adele’s “Set Fire To the Rain.”
There were a number of other moments that really stood out to us. Of course, the festival mix of “Alive” was enjoyable to finally hear in the live setting, but it didn’t get quite the reaction we expected. It’s on the more toned-down end of the Thomas Gold spectrum (not necessarily in a bad way), but felt out of place amid the other high energy tracks that he included. His bootleg of “Little Bad Girl” with “Technologic” had us really impressed. The best moment of the night though had to be “Sunshine,” which was coupled with the nearly perfect accapella of Axwell’s “I Found U.” Mark our words when we say that this upcoming collaboration between David Guetta and Avicii is going to be big. Really big.
A few other tracks deserve a shoutout, including Thomas’s upcoming Axtone release, “Sing 2 Me,” and his track “Headbang” that got mashed with Fatboy Slim’s “Praise You.” Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep” also got its required play along with Faithless’ “Insomnia” and Deniz Koyu’s “Hydra.”
Thomas Gold had quite a set at Governors Island, and perhaps it’s a sign from above that the tracklist is nowhere to be found. We probably couldn’t have done it justice in this post; it was the kind of set you had to hear live to truly appreciate. Thomas barely left any songs for his mentor to play, and Steve actually ended up repeating a few of them. We can’t wait until we get another chance to experience another Thomas Gold set — and next time we promise we won’t lose the setlist.