Review: Laidback Luke @ Pacha NYC 1.8.2011

11 Jan

Incredible. Absolutely incredible.

Pacha has been on a hot streak in the past month, delivering Afrojack the night before, and many top-100 DJ’s in weeks prior. Known for his hard hitting drums, synths, sirens, and syncopation, Laidback Luke came to New York City on January 8 and tore the roof off of Pacha NYC, delivering one of the best performances I’ve seen in a while. Before LBL came on, you could tell the crowd was waiting to explode, with people chanting out “Laidback Luke!”, all the while constantly jumping up and down to the beat. Junior Sanchez primed the crowd, finishing his set with One (Congorock Remix) by Swedish House Mafia.New additions to the venue, such as the huge LED screens on the walls of the DJ booth, amplified the experience, while blasts of cryo exhilarated the crowd.


LBL started off his set with Tai’s ‘Rocking The Set (Gianni Marino Remix)’ (EPIC #1!), which threw the crowd into mayhem. (Side note: Folks, if you haven’t jumped on the band wagon, you better because Gianni Marino is going to be the next big thing. I’m calling it!) This definitely helped set the tone for the rest of his set, letting the crowd know the barrage of hits that were going to be thrown their way. He then dropped a ton of his remixes and bootlegs, notably:

What is incredible is that he’s one of the only DJs capable of effortlessly mixing different genres of music into his sets. He played a bunch of songs with Latin roots, like Sandro Silva’s “Beattool,” and Chiuso, which he created with partner-in-crime, Gina Turner, under their alias Nouveau Yorican. Folks, this was the Dark Horse of the night. At first, you don’t know how to react to this track. But let me tell you, it’s AWESOME when played on Pacha’s state-of-the-art speaker system. (EPIC # 3!)

Hip hop songs got a huge response as well, like Jay-Z’s “99 Problems”, and “Knas Episode” (listed above). Dubstep is something that more and more DJs are trying to dabble with. Laidback Luke is no exception to this trend, and mixed a few dubstep tracks into his set. Unfortunately, this was the weakest part of his set. The crowd wasn’t into it, and everybody was pretty much standing there, trying to figure out how to dance to it. But, it was nice to hear something different, and I commend him for trying. Check out a few of the dubstep tracks he played:

Some more dubstep tracks:

Late into his set, Luke introduced a new track that he had just finished on the plane ride to NYC. No name as of yet, but it has a trancey feel to it. What do you guys think? Check it out:

Master Luke topped the night off with a bang, saving his two most-popular, crowd-pleasing tracks for last:

  • Wynter Gordon- Dirty Talk (Laidback Luke Remix) –> EPIC # 4!

  • Axwell, Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso, Laidback Luke- Leave the World Behind –> EPIC # 5!!!!

Overall, I can say that this was a night I will definitely remember. That is, until I see LBL again. I can also say that I would have paid a lot of money for a towel and dry shirt by the end of his set. But I guess those are sacrifices you have to make to see one of your favorite DJs!

Bonus: Here’s links to all of Laidback Luke’s Bootlegs from 2008-2010, available for download. They’re all really high quality, and are tracks that you will keep playing over and over again. You’re welcome!

What did you guys think of his performance? Drop a comment below!


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