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Review: EDX & Laidback Luke Ring In One Year of LAVO New York, 10/6/11

Did you guys think I would miss LAVO New York‘s one-year birthday bash? Hell no. Never. In. My. Life.

No surprise here, but LAVO’s anniversary celebration was totally over-the-top, from the massive Venetian gondola that was beached on 58th Street outside the club to the dancers in crazy costumes and stilts serving vodka-infused grapes inside. There were LAVO birthday hats, “I Heart LAVO” sunglasses, female dancers in body paint, male dancers in body paint (Best scene of the evening: an essentially naked male dancer climbing and posing all over the trellis behind a table of i-bankers. You know they’re happy they paid tens of thousands for that…), celebrities, LED screens, Venetian carnival masks, you name it. As Entourage‘s Billy Walsh described it to me (I mean, who knows that his real name is Rhys Coiro anyways?), the party was very “Vegas.” That pretty much sums it up.

The best part though, as always, were the killer DJs: EDX and Laidback Luke. While I’d certainly heard of EDX before, I’d never seen him live. And damn, I’m glad I did. He was extremely high-energy, extremely happy, and extremely talented. His set was pure big room house. Amazing.

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Kaskade & EDX – Don’t Stop Dancing feat. Haley

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EDX – Falling Out Of Love feat. Sarah McLeod (Original Mix)

EDX set the stage perfectly for Laidback Luke, who may be the most energetic DJ I’ve ever seen perform. He literally did not stop dancing for three straight hours. Once he took over the booth, he thanked EDX for his set, and then said to the crowd: “I’m not Steve Angello. So let’s do this.” Hmm… was that an insult?

Luke went on to play one of the most versatile sets I’ve seen in a while. God, I love Dutch House. It included tons of crazy mash-ups, such as Chuckie‘s “Paris Satisfaction” (Jay-Z and Kanye West, “Niggas in Paris” vs. Benassi‘s “Satisfaction“) and Laidback Luke and Diplo vs. Aloe Blacc, “I Need a Hey;” hip hop, like Jay-Z’s “99 Problems;” standard anthems such as Avicii‘s “Levels,” Calvin Harris‘ “Awooga,” and Afrojack‘s “Take Over Control;” and some of Luke’s own bangers, like “Natural Disaster” with Example, “Turbulence” with Steve Aoki and Lil Jon, and Wynter Gordon‘s “Dirty Talk” (Laidback Luke Remix). The list could go on and on and on. I wish I had a recording of Luke’s set, because it’d make for the best live Essential Mix ever.

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Paris Satisfaction (Chuckie Pass That Dutch Bootleg)

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Laidback Luke vs. Example – Natural Disaster

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Wynter Gordon – Dirty Talk (Laidback Luke Remix)

I left LAVO at the end of the evening with a huge crush on Laidback Luke and a fried Oreo in hand. What would I do without that place? Here’s to another amazing year.

Thanks to New York’s favorite photographer of drunk sluts, Kirill Was Here, for the great photos. Check out more from the party at his site.

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