In an article published on Mixmag back in early Spring, New York’s underground revival was the topic of discussion. With the boom of the electronic dance music scene in America well underway, it’s only a matter of time before the underground gets its formal recognition. If you read Dancing Astronaut on a steady basis, you know that our event coverage fits the mold of dance music on a commercial level. Eventually, in every fan’s experience, there comes a time when you seek out more than just the “party” aspect, and want to explore the roots and foundation from where this all came from.
When it comes to bringing a more seasoned crowd of music enthusiasts around good vibes and great music, Verboten seems to have the winning formula. For those unfamiliar, Verboten — a party outfit ran by husband and wife John Perez and Jenn Schiffer — has been booking some of the biggest names in underground dance music over the past few years, including, but not limited to; Jamie Jones, Seth Troxler, Maceo Plex, Maya Jane Coles, and this time around, a nice chunk of the Hot Creations crew. Hot Creations, the label curated by Jamie Jones and Lee Foss — and who also make up the duo, Hot Natured, were the main attraction of the night, bringing along Infinity Ink, Robert James, and Richy Ahmed.
Upon arrival to the venue, I could tell this wasn’t going to be your standard Verboten party. The Hornblower Infinity was a 1000-person mega-yacht comprised of two dance floors, multi-level outdoor lounge areas, accessible bars everywhere, and star-studded line up of world-class DJs. For the last big show of the summer, Verboten pulled out all the stops.
Once attendees had embarked on the floating dance floor, the ship set sail for a three hour stroll up and down the Hudson River. Jamie Jones and Lee Foss took turns playing a back to back session all night long, and provided a stellar soundtrack for everyone’s evening. Playing everything from deep house to techno, the groove and the vibe was incredible, and the atmosphere was just right. Jamie Jones, who in 2011 was ranked #1 on Resident Advisor DJ poll, and Lee Foss, who was ranked at #18, when brought together, are great at feeding off each other’s energy. From crowd control to song selection, everything looked like it was down to a science. Some notable tracks of the evening were Fur Coat’s “Going Nowhere” and Fabo’s rework to Empire of the Sun’s “We Are The People.”
Fur Coat – Going Nowhere feat. Stee Downes
Empire Of The Sun – We Are The People (Fabo Remix)
What made this party special from others was the option to go into another room for a change of pace. Where Hot Natured was keeping things deep downstairs, Infinity Ink offered a groovier approach upstairs. You could tell the dance party was at a different level as the crowd was much more engaged with what the DJs were offering. One of the notable tracks of the night was Infinity Ink’s “Games.” It was just one example of the soul and passion they were emitting on the dance floor.
Infinity Ink – Games
The After Party
This summer Verboten has been making plenty of use of its SRB location in Brooklyn. The venue is located in a secluded area where staying open until 8:00 A.M. is no issue. After the boat had docked, the party continued for another eight hour stretch. At the after party, the pace got slower and darker, and went into the early hours of the morning. For those that are craving the ultimate musical experience and need their twelve hour fix of non-stop rhythm, Verboten knows how to build the perfect experience to satisfy all your needs.
The Bottom Line
Whether you’d like to believe it or not, the slower and groovier side of house music, at a leisurely pace, is making its rise. Not to say that the commercial house aspect of music has had its moment, but its definitely becoming over saturated and people are starting to notice. There will be a time when this fad simmers and the new wave of music enthusiasts seek the more authentic pastures of electronic music. A Verboten party is where you come when that moment happens.
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