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Review: Bingo Players at LAVO New York, 5/3/12

Here’s a combination I couldn’t miss: Bingo Players and LAVO New York. For those who don’t know who the Bingo Players are – I mean, my father asked me why I was going to go play bingo at a club… he’s also the one who referred to Swedish House Mafia as “Swedish Death Star,” though – they’re two Dutch dudes, Paul Bäumer and Maarten Hoogstraten, and they produce some pretty amazing music. We’re talking smashes such as “Rattle,” “Mode,” “L’Amour,” “Cry (Just A Little),” and “Disco Eletricque.” And what this duo lacks in looks (sorry, guys, I still love you), they certainly make up for in talent.

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Bingo Players – Cry (Just A Little)

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Bingo Players – Rattle

I hadn’t been to LAVO in a month or two, and the majority of my visits are typically for big names like Tiësto, Avicii, Dada Life, Laidback Luke, Calvin Harris, and the like. And while Bingo Players are certainly well known in the electronic music community, they haven’t exploded into the mainstream quite yet. Which, in my mind, means they’re going to give a little bit better of a performance in the small, intimate setting of LAVO than their better-known colleagues are, just because they have more to prove.

And these guys definitely succeeded. They opened with “Cry (Just A Little),” transitioning into Deniz Koyu‘s “Tung!,” Avicii and Nicky Romero‘s new progressive anthem “Nicktim,” Justice‘s “D.A.N.C.E.,” the Tiësto remix of Gotye‘s “Somebody That I Used To Know” (this was a low point, given that the number of times I’ve heard various versions of this track over the past several months makes me feel murderous), their own track “Mode,” a mashup of Albin Myers‘ “Hells Bells” and Avicii’s “My Feelings For You,” and the list goes on. Beyond their strong set, the duo was high-energy, fun, and involved with the crowd. And, surprisingly, LAVO didn’t pass out glow sticks or sunglasses or t-shirts, for once not trying too hard to make it a production. It was a classic party. And it was fun.

So, the verdict is in: the next time Bingo Players hit your city, go see them. If you’re not already a fan, I’m inclined to say that you’ll end your night one.

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