The audacious Dutch duo known as Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano greeted the third day of EDC partygoers with a proper, high-energy set. Filled with tech and progressive house offerings, they satisfied the needs of both EDM newcomers and seasoned listeners. Their eclectic track list featured a mixture of unreleased IDs, new bootlegs, and records from their favorite artists. Read past the break for our track-by-track take on Netherland’s hottest underground House act.
1. Joe Brunning – “Now Let Me See You Work”
Kicking things off with the infamous ten-second countdown in Joe Brunning’s popular tech house gem was a great way to rile up the crowd and start an audience-wide sing along. Staying true to their style, SJ & RM played a pretty even mixture of tech and progressive house for a main stage set. With DJs like Manufactured Superstars who played prior and Chuckie who followed, you don’t get to see enough genre diversity within some of these track lists.
2. Swedish House Mafia vs. Knife Party – “Antidote (Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano Re-Fix)”
Having such versatility in their production game has allowed Sunnery and Ryan to transform this progressive anthem into a bouncier, dance-friendly track. By keeping the original elements intact, the chopped up vocals and steady drum pattern offer a fresh take on this particularly popular song.
3. Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano – “Tribeca”
Sunnery and Ryan’s uplifting, big-room sound is most noticeably recognized in their release of “Tribeca.” Due to technical difficulties mid-set, disgruntled fans were only able to hear half of this hard-hitting track. The abrupt stoppage in music was quickly substituted with eager fans offering their own soundtrack of chants and screams.
4. Thomas Gold & Alex Kenji – “What’s Up (Dub Mix)”
Etta James’s vocals on “Something’s Got A Hold On Me,” which became famous through Avicii’s “Levels” and Flo Rida’s “Good Feeling,” found its way to Thomas Gold & Alex Kenji’s “What’s Up.” When this track came out in 2010 it was an absolute monster – so hearing it with such a well-known acappella was an automatic crowd pleaser.
5. Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano – “Lethal Industry”
Back in 1999, when Tiesto identified himself within the genre of trance, he produced a track called “Lethal Industry”. To this date, this record resides as one of the most monumental trance anthems of all time, and has seen countless remix and bootleg attempts from DJs all across the EDM spectrum. When approached by Sander van Doorn’s Spinnin Record for an opportunity to give this legendary work a refresh, James and Marciano transformed this song into an absolute dance room destroyer. I couldn’t think of a better way to conclude a DJ set on a main stage of a festival like EDC New York. Borrowing heavily from the original track’s main lead, when this song goes off, jumping up and down is almost an uncontrollable reaction.
In the end, this duo came to New York and really showed everyone what they are all about. With such a positive mixture of tracks and superb execution behind the decks, this powerhouse act has demonstrated that no crowd is too big for them to handle. If you loved their set as much as we did, they’ll be headlining the decks of Pacha NYC on June 22, 2012, where we can expect a set to surpass the three hour mark.