It was only about a month ago when EDMNYC received a call from our friends at Pacha NYC to ask if we’d like to be the first to break the news about the Disco Fries and Tommie Sunshine party appropriately named, Fries and Shine. Although DGuz and I had never seen Tommie before, we were anxious to spread the news and were also told, “Oh, you’re in for a real treat”. She wasn’t kidding!
At midnight we met owner Eddie Dean at the door to say hello and then went inside to check out the very end of Roxy Cottontail’s opening set. The dance floor was completely full of bodies dancing everywhere you looked. The Disco Fries began setting up their two laptops as Roxy put her turntables away. By 12:15, Nick and Danny were hyping up the crowd on the microphone, and the cheers shook the floor. This crowd was ready to party all night!
The duo went hard right away, playing several high-energy mashups and their own remixes like “Born to Zero 76” (Disco Fries Bootleg), “Silhouettes” (Disco Fries Remix), and one of my boyfriend Steve’s favorite tracks, “Let’s Go” (Disco Fries Bootleg). Before I headed down to the basement to see two of our own guys on deck, I saw the dance floor break out into a big rage fest with Ravelo’s “Rage”. If you love electro house, that’s the track that evokes its own name every time. It is unquestionable that the Pacha party people loved the Disco Fries, and ate them up for every minute of their set.
By 1:15am, it was time for me to head down to the basement where Rocketpants was already warmed up and drawing some of the best dancers down to the floor. He played a great mix of music like “Azumba” by Gregor Salto, “One More Time” by Chocolate Puma & Firebeatz, and “Duel” by Third Party. This Scarlet Pub resident DJ is a hit on the Rutgers campus where he is an art major, and was obviously a hit with the small crowd of basement dancers at Pacha as well. Before I went back up to get a little Sunshine in my life, he dropped Brodinski’s “Nobody Rules The Streets”, which was a really funky track. Check it out and see if you agree.
The sun was shining in full force upstairs with Tommie Sunshine on deck. He was into the second hour of his set
when I heard a funky mix of “Don’t Call Me Baby” by Madison Avenue, which immediately brought me back to my late teens when I used to blast that song with my friends. Yes, I’ve been into EDM more than half my life, but please don’t try to figure out how old I am. The man on deck probably shares my view that age is just a number, with his ultra long hair, goatee, and black suit jacket on, not feeling pressure to conform to an image.
Although identifying tracks proved to be a challenge, I loved the overall electro-heavy sounds in the selections. I
heard what I think is called, “Polkadots in Amsterdam”—a double dose of Afrojack music for the Dirty Dutch fans in the club. Also, I enjoyed hearing “Black To White” (Clockwork Remix) by Felix Cartal ft. Miss Palmer. Everyone’s faces were being melted off with every track he played, including the mash of “Don’t Slam The Door” and “Cinema”. I was thoroughly impressed with my first Tommie Sunshine show, and by the look of a very packed main floor, I’d say everyone else loved him too!
Around 3am I was feeling a bit burned by all the sunshine that melted my face, so I went back down to see my boy Eduardo José in the basement for an incredible tech house set. The vibe was super sexy with lots of bass—the way the basement should be. I danced to “Moving On” by Nick Fanciulli, “Work It” (Club Mix) by New Iberican League and several other great picks. Eduardo, who has opened for Marcos Carnaval on the main floor, worked the CDJs like a pro with seamless transitions and perfect use of the mixer. I overheard a girl say loudly to her friend, “Forget upstairs… this is where it’s at!” When “Damelo” hit the speakers, a full on stomp circle ensued on the dance floor. One of my favorite tracks of his set was the Hoxton Whores remix of “Remember Me”, which I can’t get enough of. It was also great to see Eduardo let friend and Pacha basement regular, DJ Rubberninja, jump in a few times to play some tech house for us. It was an awesome set, and letting ‘Ninja spin for us a while was a nice added bonus. Great DJs who are also great friends… gotta love it.
At 4:15, Zack Edward took over and kept the sexy vibe going strong with the Original Club Mix of “Alright” by Mark
Knight. Zack won a spot on the boat party that EDMNYC held recently, but since I missed it, it was great to see why he won the contest. He is really talented, and his manager Jason had a lot of great things to say about what he’ll be up to next. Towards the end of the hour, right before we left, Zack played NO_ID, Martin Volt & Hardwell vs Red Hot Chili Peppers “Zelda’s Otherside” (Zack Edward Mashup), which has been used by Thomas Gold in his sets. I am looking forward to seeing him again soon.
Overall, whether we were upstairs on the main floor, or downstairs in the basement, we heard a ton of great music at Pacha NYC on Friday night. I’m looking forward to more sizzling hot upcoming events in August. See you on the dance floor, boys and girls!