Review of Tensnake & Flight Facilities @ Brooklyn SRB

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Brooklyn continues to hold onto it’s reputation as the host to some of the most distinguished electronic events in the US. That accolade was emphasized again deep in the warehouse district of the New York Burroughs on Saturday night. FIXED NYC teamed up with Verboten to put on yet another stellar event this past weekend at Brooklyn SRB with sets from Tensnake, Flight Facilities, Light Year, and founders Dave and JDH. The outside streets were silent and none the wiser, but behind those walls an ongoing display of organized chaos raged on through the Easter sunrise.

flight-facilitiesOpeners Dave and JDH of FIXED are always solid candidates for commencing a night. The crowd never seems bored and the tracks are seldom tasteless. After reaching close to a two hour set, they gave the decks up to Australian electro-indie duo Flight Facilities, who are most recognized for their exclusively vinyl DJ sets and the frequently circulated track “Crave You(ft. Giselle Rosselli)“. Last night was the culmination to their North American tour. The set contained a lot of the Nu-disco chart hits we hear in their mixes. The track selection was a bit stale and not exactly refined but they kept the night going just the same. Whispers of a rumored appearance from Jess Higgs circulated the dance floor and came to be true when she performed live vocals for the hit “Crave You”, and the award winning “Foreign Language”. This was the highlight of their set. Live vocals over DJ sets are a risky move; depending on the audio quality of the venue and the mixing of the DJ, it can often sound tacky and bittersweet at times. However her voice was crystal clear and executed beautifully despite not having a state of the art sound system, much of which probably had to do with the chemistry they displayed on stage.

T&A gives this Flight Facilities performance a 5/10

Tensnake was the real star of the night. By the time he took the stage the main dance floor was filled. Known for his live aptitude and unanimously respected productions, Saturday night fell nothing short. His music is an equal fusion of funky disco melodies and perfectly crafted club house. With the overdue break into the BBC Essential Mix it was clear the Disco Don was digging deep into his house tastes with instant success in mastering the forte. The way his live show sounds really seems to cater best to what he’s trying to accomplish musically. Every single note is accentuated. His particular skill with multiple MIDI triggers and mixers transition him through disco samples and house beats creating seamless mash-ups.

The set immediately ignited into an explosion of dance beats. Tensnake changed the pace of the night from a pop-soaked frenzy to esoteric intensity. Everyone in attendance was coerced into a mutual fervency by the aggressive bass lines and stabbing synths. Eclectic key changes and initial lack of vocal sampling cloaked the audience into an electrical abyss. Most house music doesn’t leave room for interpretation but this was truly of a different caliber. There was mystery involved. The sequential synthesizer riffs were released in a way that almost gave you the impression he was throwing them at the crowd. Toward the middle of the set he steered into a deeper ambience but didn’t linger for a long. Following a few breezy segments of admittedly needed breathers, he returned to the percussive bass-driven house he has adapted so well in his recent career. Some of the tracks featured in his mix on Saturday were his hit “Coma Cat” and remix of Radiohead’s “Everything in it’s Place”. He also played “Mainline” which serves as a pure, unadulterated model of colorful 90’s Pop-funk.

T&A gives this performance a 7/10. 

The venue itself was more than satisfactory. Very spacious with a general admission balcony and upper platform, there was plenty of dancing room. Two fairly sized bars with great beer selection were located on each side of the club. The sound quality wasn’t superb but by no means was it gritty or unpleasant. This shines a light on the production quality of Tensnake’s live show, his performance seemed much crisper than the others. It’s a solemn feeling when an act disappoints you but this artist is a certified virtuoso in his element. Even among his peers, Tensnake is perceived as one of the most commended artists in the industry. One could argue that solo electronic acts are devoid of the organic feel you get with a live band, but this is not a run of the mill DJ act. There is life to it. He’s also announced with the release of the Essential Mix that he is working on a full debut album, set to drop later this year, so keep an ear out for that.

-Cb

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Posted on April 2, 2013, in Show Reviews, Show/Venue Reviews and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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