I couldn't possibly fathom what I was walking into when I arrived at Webster Hall this past Friday night for Girls & Boys. YES, it was my first time seeing Sweater Beats and YES, my first time seeing What So Not since Emoh went back to back with Skrillex at Good Times Miami, but something much more was in the air and I could tell that it wasn’t going to be an ordinary night.
It started out that way, of course. With RekLes and Hiyawatha kicking off the night then Sweater Beats opening with one of Daily Beat’s own, Manila Killa and Hunt for the Breeze remix of It Won’t Stop. From up above, I could tell is Jersey club style music he was pumping out got the crowd groovin’, like with DJ Hoodboi & Trippy Turtle remix of Big Sean, Marvin Gaye & Chardonnay.
After Sweater Beats was done getting the crowd loosened up, half of What So Not, Emoh, graced the stage with all his blue haired glory, opening with the trapalicious What So Not and RL Grime, Tell Me.
He continued amping the audience by dropping some signature tracks like The Quack, 7 Dollar Bill, and Branchez remix of High You Are until about 30 minutes in when his other half, Flume, decided to join his side. Was he late? Was it all for the hype? I could guess but I could care less at this point. All I knew was that this is a rarity and I'm there to rock out with both of them. When Flume's remix of Lorde, Tennis Court came on, I just about lost it. It was the first time I had heard it dropped by ANYONE and it was by the man himself. Those feels.
But that's not all folks. It gets even better! Just few songs after that Skrillex popped up on stage, took the decks next to the duo, and started spinning Heavy by Crookers. Now, this is my all-time favorite producer spinning one of my favorite tracks of the moment. Someone pinch me. This wasn't real.
We're all well aware of the hype going on for the official Governors Ball after party that Sonny would be headlining the next night at this same venue, so this was such an amazing surprise for all those in attendance on Friday. The three continued the back to back to back set until closing time. I'd say it was almost better than the next night since it was less crowded, more laid back, and a spontaneous story that we all got to go home with.