The house music stars aligned over California this summer. Tchami and ZHU swept the decks, side by side, at the now Insomniac-owned HARD Summer for an hour of four-on-the-floor insanity amid the August heat.
Such a venerated pairing isn’t surprising in the least for those who’ve been following HARD’s iconoclastic narrative for the past decade (and change); and the titillating twosome certainly rose to the brand’s legacy. The dexterous duo treated the audience to standout renditions of each DJ’s eminent discography, like a “Guilty Love” remix and an Umek “Vibrancy”/”After Life” mashup.
The hour is chock-full of revered house cuts, alongside Tchami and ZHU staples. The performance is undoubtedly among the best sets of not only the bygone weekend, but the entire 2019 festival season.
In the benevolent spirit of All My Friends Music Festival, MK and Diplo took the decks together at the festival’s 2019 iteration to forge a sonic camaraderie by way of a back-to-back set. If the collaborative showing predated Diplo’s establishment of his house-centric new imprint, Higher Ground, the pairing might have appeared rather incongruent.
Yet, with Diplo’s choice to channel his late talents towards the house space in a more austere effort, the MK and Diplo matchup is natural—one sonic puzzle piece interlocks with another. Unsurprisingly, the duo’s live synergy is apparent from the set’s animated start to satiating finish.
Rife with upbeat house selects broadly situated in deep-house territory, MK and Diplo’s performance flaunts the producers’ shared ear for highly danceable cuts. As for Diplo specifically, the back to back, delivered from Skylight Row DTLA, is proof that he’s fit to spin alongside any established house entity.
Cirez D and Adam Beyer‘s back-to-back live format is the gift that keeps on giving. The iconic collaborators followed their two dates at LA’s Hollywood Palladium from November 23-24 with two appearances at Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York from November 30-December 1. Not long after, Beyer confirmed that 2019 would bear witness to more back-to-back bookings.
Luckily, fans don’t have to wait until 2019 to hear more of the b2b action, or even be present at one of the future shows, for that matter. Beyer’s just released a special episode Drumcode Radio Live with a snippet from their titanic effort. Although there are already a good deal of fan videos of Cirez D and Beyer’s sets from the visionaries’ Los Angeles and New York appearances, listeners will find sound quality the sharpest in the set that Beyer published to his SoundCloud profile. As to be expected, the Cirez D and Beyer electronic outing harnesses the most tantalizing of dark progressive and big room techno sounds.