We like to joke that Lavo NYC is where our brain cells and bank account balances go to die – and, while that may be partially true, Lavo is no doubt the place where EDM comes alive on Thursday nights. The Manhattan hotspot’s recent roster of talent has been overwhelming, but last Thursday was one of the biggest nights of them all. Dance godfather Tiesto hit the decks for a wild night that was all about the music.
The night before his show at Lavo, Tiesto played for a huge crowd at Pacha NYC as part of the club’s sixth anniversary celebration. While astronauts were in attendance both nights, we were admittedly more excited to see him in Lavo’s intimate setting. Clearly we weren’t alone. The door at Lavo was even more of a madhouse than usual, with would-be guests spilling into the street and trying however they could to get inside. Once we jostled our way to the front of the line and down the stairs, we instantly felt the excitement in the air. Lavo kept things simple, forgoing elaborate decorations for some “LAVO ♥ TIESTO” sunglasses and “I ♥ TIESTO” t-shirts for staff members. Tiesto’s performance satisfied the bass-hungry crowd, keeping everyone’s hands high with a current if somewhat predictable set. Check past the break for the 5 tracks you to know from the night.
Tiesto – Maximal Crazy (R3hab & Swanky Tunes Remix)
Although the original has become something of a classic, R3hab & Swanky Tunes delivered us an exceedingly energetic remix. The song builds up with R3hab’s signature bl33ps, and drops into Swanky Tunes’s progressive style and grinding bass lines. Tiesto usually plays his original version to end his set, but this time he played the R3hab and Swanky Tunes remix just when the party started getting fired up.
Calvin Harris vs. Alesso – Feel So Close Raise Your Head (Sebastian Ingrosso Bootleg)
When Tiesto dropped this Sebastian Ingrosso bootleg it caught everyone by surprise and sheer exhilaration took hold of Lavo. As Calvin Harris’ vocals end at “now,” Alesso’s anthemic “Raise Your Head” comes perfectly into play.
Tommy Trash – Future Folk (Original Mix)
Being a strong supporter of Tommy Trash, it was no surprise that Tiesto dropped this hard electro bomb on one of the classiest crowds in NYC. Tommy Trash delivers a big room track filled with a stirring hook and heart pounding bass. There’s no denying that Tommy Trash is slowly but surely helping to revolutionize electro house.
Deniz Koyu – Tung (Original Mix)
It is safe to say at this point that “Tung” is a true anthem. Since the day the track has been out the big room instrumental has dominated clubs, festivals, and parties worldwide. What makes the track so incredible is how such a simplistic melody completely electrifies any crowd.
Afrojack & Shermanology – Can’t Stop Me Now (Original Mix)
Even though this track has not been released yet, the radio rip was worth showing you guys how massive this track will be. Watching Tiesto drop this one was one of the highlights of the night. If we had to make a comparison, “Can’t Stop Me Now” is Afrojack’s next “Take Over Control.” The vocals are remarkably enticing and the harmonic piano notes easily suck you into the track. Afrojack uses his classic Dutch sound, which is more subtle than usual to match the elegant vocals.
Photos by: Kirill Was Here