Presented by Dance.Here.Now; Chocolate Puma brought their funky dance beats to the intimate club Cielo in the meatpacking district on Thursday June 4th. Previously known as Zki and Dobre and The Good Men; the dutch duo, Gaston Steenkist and René ter Horst, made their first record in 1991 and have been generating exceptional tracks ever since.
At Cielo they played Oliver Heldens and Gregor Salto’s “Can’t Stop” and Chromeo’s “Sexy Socialite” as the packed room shuffled on the dance floor.
They mixed Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock’s “It Takes Two” seemingly into Alex Metric & Oliver’s “Hope” “Cause i’ve learned to cope…” Everyone was surrendering to the sounds as we drifted into the night. “Intoxicated” produced by Martin Solveig & GTA and the Tchami remix of Mercer’s “Turn It Up” blared through Cielo’s sound system. The energy in the room escalated as Chocolate Puma dropped Major Lazer’s “Watch Out For This” and everyone was grooving uncontrollably.
They played the remake of dance classic “Finally” produced by Mr. Belt & Wezol, thankfully the vocals and vibe of the original 90s CeCe Peniston remained and the remix is an instant dance anthem. Chocolate Puma’s track with Firebeatz “I Can’t Understand” is another supreme example of a great dance record and the perfect track to cut some serious shapes. Danny Howard recently premiered their latest track titled “I Could Be Wrong” on BBC Radio 1 and they stayed true to their deep, dance infused sound. These guys truly know how to throw a party.
-Ashley Zucker for EDMNYC