Review of Kim Fai @ Pacha NYC 09/23/11 by Rich Alberto

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After a summer of action-packed EDM, the 2011 autumn club schedule is here and in full effect. Although I already have some definite “attendings” on the calendar (hu humm… Avicii x2, SHM, Morillo, some exciting, Pacha-infused Saturday nights at 4sixty6 with the E-rock entertainment crew), I figured a good place to start planning would be the Pacha NYC calendar. Lo and behold, September 23rd, Kim Fai, free admission!? I immediately messaged the queen of house music , Nicole, to catch up on releases, shows, etc. and to extend the invite. Although she could not attend, I was able to attend the show in style thanks to EDMNYC and the lovely “Swedeheart”.

On this wet Saturday night, my friends and I ventured out to the city for what would be an awesome night. The doorman let us skip an already small line, and we effortlessly walked right up to VIP behind the DJ booth! We entered the club to the sounds of an awesome set from Kaz James (who came all the way from Australia and, to my knowledge, has an already illustrious career in music). He had great crowd interaction, i.e. throwing some points and hand-made heart emblems to the EDM faithful below. Kaz caught our attention with some funky tech-house beats until he really threw down some monsters, including Dirty South’s remix of “Coming Home” and (one of my favorite tracks to hear live) Nicky Romero’s remix of “Flash.” Needless to say, the mood was set.

Although there wasn’t an Avicii or Kaskade-sized crowd, there was a very laidback, enjoyable vibe in the air. Since the crowd was not excessively large by Pacha standards, it made it easy to just grab a drink, hang out, dance a bit (with plenty of room), all while listening to one of the leaders in modern progressive house. There were no Jonas Brothers trying to mosh pit in the center of the dance floor or any problematic individuals of the sort.

The mood was set, and it was time for Kim Fai! Kim started off with an infamous “Show me love ‘Be’ “mix into his big room, synth-loaded, progressive sound. He didn’t stop there. Some notables included: “Calling” from Seb and Alesso, the unreleased Morgan Page & Sultan/Ned Shepard “In the Air” (Hard Rock Sofa remix), Thomas Gold and Dirty South’s “Alive,” R3hab and Swanky Tunes “Sending My Love” with the unmistakable vocals from Max C, and of course, his #1 Beatport track, “Era”, with Axwell’s “Open Your Heart” vocals. Even with all of these MONSTERS on the set list, the crowd was more about soaking up the music and using the available space to dance a bit. Weird you say? Ehh, not quite.

It was an uncharacteristically “chill” night at Pacha (although when “Epic” was dropped, it was a “WTF, get your shit in the air!” kinda moment). I digress. Throughout the night, I split my placement between the very front of the crowd and the VIP area up top, simply to get a different vibe for all elements of the production. And still, the same verdict: just an all around “chill” night at Pacha. Last but not least, his mixing wasn’t too crazy or over the top. Kim did tend to play out the track, which I’d much rather have him do instead of cutting an awesome, fresh track to transition into “Levels.” If you went out at all this summer, you know exactly what I’m talking about!

Despite how tempted I was to see Deadmau5 in Philly on the very same night (also by an invite from EDMNYC’s “SwedeHeart”), I am really happy with the decision I made to see Kim instead (mostly because I’ve seen Deadmau5 a few times already). A million thanks to EDMNYC for hookin’ it up, the doorman for amazing hospitality, and last but not least, Nicole for being the link to the whole experience.

Don’t forget fellow househeads: Avicii is in the area TWICE this week. You have the HUGE announcement from SHM regarding their show at MSG on December 16 (tickets go on sale at 10am Thursday, September 29). Thomas Gold, Morillo, Dirty South, Paul Oakenfold (all at Pacha NYC). And for the NJ crowd, you have every Saturday at 4sixty6 in West Orange powered by Pacha and E-Rock Entertainment (some GINORMOUS names that I cannot currently reveal, but keep your eyes peeled!). I leave you with some wise words from “the mafia”:

“We come, we rave, we love.” – SHM

-Rich

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