REVIEW: Circoloco NYC Halloween 10/27

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It has been 2 weeks since the epic throw down and we are still buzzing. Circoloco has done it again! This year’s sold out Halloween party was truly one hell of a fun time. Circoloco is amongst the most sought out after party brands with multiple residencies around the world at the foremost temples of dance music. Circoloco at DC10 has become an iconic Monday morning session on the island of Ibiza and since then, the ubiquitous crazy clown face has been a beacon of the party and become a symbol for the most underground spirit of dance music culture.

Entering the venue and walking past the black curtains you felt like you were immediately transported to the Underworld’s version of Ibiza. Illuminated with only strong red lights, you felt yourself drifting further and further into the unknown, only being led by the entrancing beats provided by Virgil Abloh, Peggy Gou, The Martinez Brothers, and BLOND:ISH. You also couldn’t help but notice the giant LED sign above the stage showing “www.no-soul-for-sale.com.” When one entered the url, it took you to a single page with a mysterious passage, almost like an oath to the rave:

TO THE GROOVY BEATS,

WE DANCE TOGETHER IN OUR TEMPLE.

THIS UNITY IS OUR ENERGY AND

WE ARE FAMILY, SHARING THRILLS AND

MADNESS

NO SOUL IS FOR SALE AND

WE STAY TRUE TO OURSELVES,

TO OUR CREED AND TO THE CREW.

AN UNDERGROUND CROWD,

PUMPING FROM THE CORE.

WE ARE THIS, WE ARE NOW. 

WILL YOU DARE TO BE ONE OF US?

I got to the Brooklyn Navy Yard a little past 1 am when the party was in full swing. The guestlist tables were overwhelmingly swarmed with people showing text messages in an attempt to get in. We got our wristbands and ran in as soon as we heard Peggy Gou playing her Acid Journey Remix of Shakedown’s “At Night”, which was an incredible moment as everyone started singing the lyrics. Every artist stands out in their own way and for Peggy Gou, it is her impeccable fashion style. Her sound can be described as colorful, disco-inflected house with vocal deliveries that are cool and understated. Some other stand out tracks that were played were “Vamp”-Outlander, “Work It”-Marie Davidson, “Reload”- DJ Spookie, and Dancing Together”- Steve Mac. Peggy Gou has truly made her mark in the techno scene and as always it was a pleasure.

Bronx duo, Steve and Chris Martinez also known as The Martinez Brothers began their set with a casual confidence that not even the crowded booth of friends and partiers would distract them from their flow. Celebrity friends such as Naomi Campbell and Pat McGrath showed up to dance until the early hours of the morning. The Martinez Brothers have been at the forefront of the global house music for a few years now, displaying knowledge of dance music that far surpasses their years. Their own music usually incorporates a mixture of the European techno scene infused with hip-hop beats. Their set a Circoloco in Brooklyn was absolutely unreal where they took the decks and played tracks such as “Benasty”- Miguel Bastida, “Move Your Body” by the late Frankie Knuckles, “Pick Up”- DJ Koze, “Shake That” (Blonde Remix)- Dansson & Marlon Hoffstadt, and my personal favorite “Better for My Brain”-Pele & Shawnecy. Countless number of floor fillers mixed with their lively stage presence made the crowd go into an ecstatic frenzy when they played Technotronic’s “Pump Up the Jam” alongside a remix of Billy Jean and Thriller by Michael Jackson, which was fitting given the night. Slick infectious energy to its bustling groove had the crowd on their feet the entire night and there were no signs of slowing down heading into the morning.

From a production point of view, Circoloco and Teksupport nailed the vibe and DC-10 aesthetic. As a concertgoer, there were multiple complaints of overselling the venue to the point of not being able to dance. This could have easily been fixed had they opened up the second floor but it appeared that it was reserved for VIP. I did notice that even with VIP in that area, it took up much less room than needed. Another pain point for this particular venue was not having service. This was extremely inconvenient as I had to keep running to the porta potty section all the way in the back to post any live social media coverage for our music blog. It definitely did take away slightly from the experience, but the music from the entire night definitely made up for it. Although there were hiccups, I am definitely looking forward to the next Circoloco event in New York!

Photo Credit: Mike Poselski/Off Brand Project

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