One week after Steve Angello’s label “Size Records” had their day in the park, and Size’s an astoundingly epic night at Pacha NYC, another DJ signed to Size Records played Santos Party House almost as if it were a three-hour encore. Tim Mason, who has been signed to Size for over a year, was absent from “Size in the Park” but came to New York this past Saturday night.
As I showed up to Santos, there was a tremendous line outside. I’d only been there once before for Dirty South’s ‘secret’ show, and was never upstairs, so I was excited to experience a new club, essentially. The venue has a nice layout, sizable dance floor, and two well placed VIP sections. I showed up right before Tim went on, and it was extremely packed and tough to navigate through the crowd. After about an hour, the crowd started to dissipate making it much more comfortable and possible to dance. There was also some nice air conditioning there unlike some other sauna-like clubs.
Tim Mason came on around 1am, and did something that I loved. He didn’t speak into a microphone once. He let the music speak for him. Mason opened up with Guetta’s “She Wolf”, and proceeded to spit out three straight hours of what my friends and I could best describe as “the best Progressive of the last 12 months”. He dropped his own “Anima”, Dubvision’s “All By Myself”, and Alesso and Dirty South’s monster, “City of Dreams” before going into a full-on Swedish House Mafia tribute. “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall”, “Don’t You Wor
ry Child”, “Greyhound”, Ingrosso and Tommy Trash’s new banger “Reload”, Axwell’s cut of “In My Mind”, and Tim’s label boss Steve Angello’s “Knas”.
A huge moment in Mason’s set, was when he dropped the Nari & Milani dub remix of Topher Jones’ “Brohammer”. Everybody in the club went crazy at the same time. Other tracks dropped were Deniz Koyu's “Tung!”, Nicky Romero’s “Generation 303”, Swanky Tunes and Hard Rock Sofa's (in my opinion terribly overrated) “Here We Go”, and Tommy Trash’s incredible remix of Steve Aoki’s “Ladi Dadi”. Mason played a few unknown tracks, and then went into Nari & Milani’s “Atom”. I really believe DJs should not be dropping “Atom” anymore. I think it’s lost its luster and energy, and it really needs a break for a few months. As someone who goes out all the time, I really don’t like hearing this track EVERY NIGHT. However, the club still seemed to love it.
Tim went on to drop a couple of my current favorites: Marcel Woods & W&W’s “Trigger” and Eric Prydz’ crowd pleaser “Allein”. My favorite part of Masons set was when he played the Matisse and Sadko remix of “Beating of my Heart” with short clips of the acapella for “Paradise” by Coldplay. I am absolutely in love with both of those songs, so it was great to hear that mash. Mason dropped a few more tracks including his own “The Moment”, which he got a big ovation for.
All in all, I was very satisfied with Masons set. It was a great night for Santos Party House and the “Electric Beach” party was very cool. I'd definitely recommend checking it out if you haven't already. Their one year anniversary is next Saturday with Mat Zo spinning, and the place isn’t that big, so show up early to avoid crazy lines. I'm looking forward to going back for another great night out.
–Adam Levine for EDMNYC