Electric Beach — Santos Party House’s Saturday night event — celebrated its first birthday last weekend with a party fit for the milestone. The clubs weekly dance music event has seen talent like EDX, Funkagenda, and New York local dBerrie, but appropriately pulled out their biggest guns yet for the occasion — Mat Zo. Serving as the evenings musical officiator, he successfully captured the audience with a diverse set of classic tunes, current hits, and unidentifiable tracks. The set flowed, but without feeling weighed down by a boring formula. While there wasn’t a real cake, attendees ate up his set with the enthusiasm of first graders devouring frosted carbs. Z0 however, was more forgiving on the waistline.
1. Junior Jack – E Samba (Junior Jack Original Club Mix)
Zo’s opening deep house song hurled the audience back to a time when the dance music world was simpler. “E Samba” was released in 2003 — almost a decade ago — but the track has timeless appeal.
2. Art of Trance – Madagascar (Richard Durand Remix)
I first heard Richard Durand’s spectacular remix of “Madagascar” during Zo’s Mixmag performance in March. The set has become a personal iPod staple, but nothing compares to hearing the beats in this track panned through a club live.
3. John Dahlback – Sing That (Original Mix)
Dahlback’s “Sing That” is groovy, deep, and infectious — a perfect fit for Zo’s set, which could be described with similar adjectives.
4. Chocolate Puma & Gregor Salta – Gimme Sum (Original Mix)
My August speculation that this track would shake up any dance floor was proven accurate by Zo as he destroyed Santos with it. Thump, thump, thump, thump. Thump, thump, thump, thump. If you’re unfamiliar with Chocolate Puma check out “Disco Electrique.”
5. Delerium featuring Sarah McLachlan – Silence (Tiesto Remix)
Even Tiesto himself has mostly retired this 13 year old remix, so its unexpected drop was the peak of my evening. If you haven’t heard it yet, I implore you to press play.