GUTI & AUDIOFLY @ VERBOTEN [Event Review 5.15.15]

May 19, 2015 -

Sydney Jow

This past weekend was one for the books. Kicking off his Verboten residency and topping of Verboten's Mysteryland USA Showcase was none other than Guti! Presented by THUMP (Vice) and Guti's People Like Us Party, the event featured artists Fosky and Audiofly.

We stepped through Verboten's heavy metal doors a little late than usual (2am to be exact), and although we had the extreme misfortune of missing Fosky's performance, the club was in full effect and ready for us to dance until the early hours of the morning.

For those unaware, Guti started his musical career in Argentina as an acclaimed jazz and rock artist. After years of developing his melodic repertoire and talents, he burst into the dance music scene as a techno and house producer. Working with the likes of Carl Cox, Loco Dice, and Luciano, we expected a massive set to be played on Friday night; that is exactly what we got. One of the key notable moments was when the musician dropped pieces from his latest release, a jazz album featuring a handful of pianist solo tracks, called Rompecorazones. It may have taken some by surprise, but the gorgeous symphonies of El Solitario and To My Latest Love playing through Verboten's elite sound system was nothing short of magical. Of course, in typical Guti fashion, there was also massive portions of deep, expansive beats to fill the night. His remix of Joris Voorn's Ringo and recent Fosky collab Hope had our hips swinging and arms bumping all around the intimate venue. One final point: his choice to play the original track, Funkapella, might have been the highlight of our night. Just at the peak of his performance, it was the perfect way to remind the crowd that we were going until the break of dawn, and then some.

Audiofly took the decks around 4:15AM, the spanish duo boasted a more purposely funky style that their predecessor. Their upbeat, bounce inducing rhythm is all that sexy, neon tribal goodness you would expect from a Barcelona hailing house duo. Tracks like Sven Jaegar's edit of Crocodile Soup's Fearful Symmetry  and Dixon's Retouch edit of These Times by Jimpster were some of the stand out ballads of the night. Audiofly's impressively dark, and clear, intricately thought out style kept Verboten at an all time high well into the hours of 6:00AM. And just a side note, word of advice... if you happen to be attending MOVEMENT Festival in Detroit this weekend, check these guys out!

An amazing night overall, and a great choice of residency for Guti. Can't wait to see what's in store next!



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