Brooklyn’s Verboten always shows me a good time; from the gracious staff to its mind-bending sound system – Wythe Ave’s newest venue never disappoints – especially when the Bromance Crew is in town to serve up some sexy heavy beats.
Louis Brodinski – Hip hop DJ, techno money maker, art curator, fashion icon, designer, and all around fellow OG in the music industry graced Verboten’s stage on Thursday night with the rest of his Bromance Crew – part of the Homieland Tour. As founder and curator of Bromance Records, one could say the tall bearded Frenchman knows a thing or two about good music.
If you’ve been lucky enough to see Brodinski live, then you know without a doubt, that no one gets down quite like Louie. Between his expert mixing skills, explosive dance moves, and uncanny ability to read his audience – Brodinski effortlessly feeds the crowd copious servings of high-voltage energy. Although many categorize him as a techno producer, he started out and identifies himself as a hip hop DJ – an attribute that distinctly shines through in his performances. The night started with a pleasant surprise – an intimate mini set by Louis in Verboten’s Cabaret Room, performing for a mere 20 fans. The set was low key and mellow, the barely lit room housed fans who had the pleasure of dancing only a couple of feet from the producer.
After the short lived set in the side room, we moved to The Control Room for an unforgettable set from GENER8TION. I have not heard much about this producer and couldn’t wait to see what he had in store for the Bromance crazed crowd. And this is what I have to say – Holy crap. GENER8TION is a whole new type of artist, donning a black visor mask accompanied by an echoing voice over to his new single “The New International Sound”, an overwhelming mass expression of awe waved over the audience as GENER8ATION pumped unfamiliar, heavy bass synths into The Control Room. Think Tchami meets Knife Party meets something you’ve never heard. His aggressively industrial sound took the crowd by surprise, playing a long and unfamiliar set full of electronic energy.
Finally around 2:00am, Louis Brodinski took the stage (after hiding under the decks for a good 10 minutes). His set started with an unfamiliar track, a soft bassline coupled with a mellow repeating bell, a drawn out deep toned voice repeating “Brodinski”. Within moments his set evolved from smooth soothing intro to tech heavy as Jimmy Edgar’s edit of “Beatdown” (Danny Daze ft. Translucent) clamored through Verboten’s top of the line sound system. His set was intelligently laid out with seamless transitions, elements of French tech and rap methodically jumped back and forth in a clean yet unpredictable manner. Memorable moments included when Louis dropped Bromance classics like the head-spinning track “S.W.A.R.M.” by New York Transit Authority, and of course, Gesaffelstein’s “Control Movement”. Brodinski’s hip hop roots came out as the crowd got down to “No Type” (Rae Sremmurd) – the set ended on an epic note when SD took the stage for a live performance of “Can’t Help Myself”, Brodinski’s latest single with the Chicago based rapper.
After staying for a few minutes of Sam Tiba’s (from Club Cheval) set, which was much more Hip Hop heavy than its predecessors, we decided to call it a night. At 3:30am, although much of the crowd had dissipated, the venue was still bumping in full effect. Leave it to Verboten to keep the fans dancing all night long!
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