Webster Hall is always one hell of a party. It’s dark, grimy, and loud with the ever present scent of stale beer and sweat. Cheap shots of well whiskey and Pabst Blue Ribbons are the drinks of choice. It’s the type of place where you leave your high
class attitude and your personal space requirements at the door. We had the chance — and the pleasure — of getting down and dirty with Alex Metric, Mord Fustang and Lazy Rich last Friday night. Click past the break for more.
Alex Metric brought his signature indie-electro style to NYC for the first show of his North American tour. Taking the decks at 12:30am, Alex began his set with his smooth remix of “Stylo” by the Gorillaz. He continued to ease the rambunctious crowd into the electro mayhem that was to follow with the dance remix of The Whip’s “Secret Weapon,” whose funky synth bass line got the crowd moving. He continued his with some more crowd favorites including A-Trak’s remix of “How Deep is Your Love” by The Rapture before finally dropping his remix of “Sabotage” erupting the dancefloor into a full blown mosh pit before handing the crowd over to Mord Fustang.
Gorillaz – Stylo (Alex Metric Remix)
The Whip – Secret Weapon (Alex Metric Remix)
Beastie Boys – Sabotage (Alex Metric Re-Edit)
The Estonia-born electro DJ, Mord Fustang has experienced an increasing rapid ascent in the EDM community, releasing 5 singles in the last 6 months while holding the #3 spot on Beatport’s top 100 with his single “Lick the Rainbow.” Following Alex Metric is no easy task, but Mord was up to the challenge. DJing entirely from Ableton while sampling and actually performing his tracks live, Mord spastically flailed behind the decks — it was controlled mayhem from start to finish. His youthful energy and unique sound spoke to the crowd who largely consisted of kids his own age. The mob thrashed, almost violently, as he made his way through his catalog of singles.
Mord Fustang – Magic Trooper (Original Mix)
Mord Fustang – Lick the Rainbow (Original Mix)
Mord Fustang – A New World (Original Mix)
At 3:30am Lazy Rich took the stage to suck out whatever energy was left in the crowd. The UK native producer/DJ refused to give the exhausted stragglers a break, spinning one monstrous electro track after another. As he dropped his stand out hit “Better Wipe That Up,” Rich bounced around the beer covered stage, his skeletal frame contorting at impossible angles.
Lazy Rich – Better Wipe That Up (Original Mix)
Porter Robinson – The Wildcat (Lazy Rich Remix)
As the clock struck 5am, the crowd was reduced to only a handful of spectators, shuffling rather than dancing as Rich closed his set and descended from the stage and onto a floor covered in crushed cups and puddles of beer. Proof that no frills, gritty, electro is still alive and well at Webster Hall.
Photos: Andrew Spada