bad for the heart, good for the soul?
I’m still catching up with emails, posts, and life after a week of having been back in NYC. Part of that involves a continuation of the club chronicles and the amazing music I heard while I was away. My last weekend in Sao Paulo (which I am recounting before I get around to finishing the tales from my first weekend) had a few twists and turns that led me to a happy ending.
That said, let’s start with the beginning of the end . . .
My last Friday in SP I actually spent in bed. After having been sick for the previous 3 weeks (NYC, prior to going to Brazil, then all through the Brazil trip), I needed to fully recover, and prayed that sleep would be the solution. While I remained a little sick on Saturday, I knew that hell or high water, dead or alive, I couldn’t spend my last night in SP doped up on Benegripe and filled to the brim with green tea. I was going out no matter what.
I ended up at (you guessed it) Vegas, where all I knew about the DJs was that one of them playing for the night was from NYC. Wearing an outfit that channeled mime meets Raggedy Ann, I was ready to get my final dance on in the B . . . and BOY, did I. Thanks to the amazing sounds from the tagteam set from NYC-based DJ Brian Thomas and Cali-based DJ Daniel Casanova, I had a stellar final night in the B and felt very very proud to be an American :- )
They easily switched from their Macbooks to vinyl, commanding the crowds attention and easily keeping it with a super-long set full of nuevo disco, house, funk, and even a few moments of more minimal tracks. I often find myself lamenting the lack musical depth of a lot of American DJs (the exception, of course, being those I profile and/or rave over here), but I was in for a pleasant surprise that night. Before actually meeting the DJs, I had no idea THEY were the Americans who were headlining. I introduced myself in Portuguese, received a reply in Portuguese from Brian, and for a moment assumed that the American DJ(s) had already gone on. But a few minutes in, I asked if he was the one from NYC, and sure enough, a few English words later, I knew right away that my assumption had been squashed.
Though you can’t listen to Brian’s set from that night, you can quite easily get a taste of his talent by way of the mix from his site notmargarine.com (that he did for Brazilian DJ site deepbeep). Brian, better known in the States as Butter, put together a sick mix back in the spring that you cannot miss. From the second you hit play, this lounge-y, house-infused set is sure to put you at ease, but never fails to excite in those moments when you need it the most. It’s perfect for almost any occasion – be it going out for a drink, getting dressed for a night of dancing, or even your daily commute. It’s a musical jack-of-all-trades with a sound as smooth as butter. Enjoy:
(click the link to play; click here to download)
tracklist after the jump