Dirty South, Michael Brun, and Maarcos at Governors Island: Five tracks you need to know, Phazing Edition
New York City nightclubs may not have the bottle service or square footage to match those of Las Vegas or the miles of beach and pools to compete with Miami, but for the summer months, the Big Apple has Governors Island. Revered as one of the most alluring dance music destinations in the states, Governors Island hosts the season’s hottest acts on its man-made paradise. Ferries bustled for days straight last week, as Chuckie kicked off the fourth of July, Victor Calderone and Gareth Emery hosted their own parties, and closing with a bang — Dirty South, Michael Brun, and Maarcos threw a Phazing blowout that went down as an evening for the books.
With his labelmates in tow, Dirty South arrived to an at-capacity Governors Island, fans packed from front row barricade back to the end of the artificial beach. Phazing Records is responsible for a handful of recent commercial anthems, but just as many are on the way to round off the imprints 2013 and have been debuted by Dirty South himself on his recent Essential Mix. First up was Maarcos, the Australian artist formerly known as Those Usual Suspects.
Maarcos – Blaze (Dirty South Edit)
Under his reinvented stage moniker, Maarcos is taking his first steps as a solo artist, distancing himself with original productions. Highlighting his New York outing came “Blaze,” a track that began brewing during Miami Music Week, still under Those Usual Suspects, but now making its greatest impact with an imminent release.
Michael Brun – Halfway (Original Mix)
Phazing’s most promising star, Michael Brun, had the night’s opening honors, and Dirty South’s loyal New York legion had been equally eager to party with the proud protege. Exclusive mashups like Moguai’s “Champs” with the vocal of “Calling” kept the big room aura filling the island, but it was Brun’s forthcoming original effort that had fans in awe. Expected to be a groundbreaking release for the young Haitian,”Halfway” is another future release debuted on BBC Radio 1. Reminiscent of “Pressure,” only with a Phazing twist, Brun’s next solo record will become an instant anthem.
Calvin Harris – Thinking About You (Michael Brun Remix)
Continuing on track with anthemic builds, melodic drops, and all that comes with a euphoric journey, Michael Brun unleashed one of his latest monsters. Taking remix duties for Calvin Harris, he puts his personal twist “Thinking About You,” taking it from the radio to the dancefloor. A “warm reception” wouldn’t do justice on how this brand new gem went over with the crowd, as the thousands unanimously peaked between riffs.
Monsta – Messiah (Dirty South Remix)
The sun set beyond Lady Liberty and the engulfing light myriads and colorful palm trees illuminated with the New York skyline. Dirty South took the decks to an always graceful introduction version of “City of Dreams” that stole the attention (and voice) from just about everyone. In the midst of his special three-hour set, Dragan dropped his remix of Monsta’s “Messiah.” The track has gone relatively below the radar since its spring release, bubbling as one of the most underrated anthems of 2013… but its Governors Island appearance may change that.
Dirty South – Your Heart (Michael Brun Remix)
Nearing the final portion of his set, Dirty South was weaving a fine balance of Phazing hits, popular progressive tunes, and tracks off his Speed of Life album. On the side of the stage, Michael Brun put his hands in a heart shaped and called for Dragan’s attention, signifying “Your Heart.” Brun hadn’t yet played his remix of the Speed of Life record, instead Dirty South called to unite on stage before wrapping up the night.
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