This past weekend I got the opportunity to dance with New York’s very own Verboten: presenting Joris Voorn, Davide Squillace, and Trente Cantrelle. Walking into Highline Ballroom at half past 12, I was pumped and ready to dance.
Verboten, known for bringing the biggest names in underground dance music to the Big Apple, always makes sure they have a quality line up filled with an abundance of talent and energy. This week Joris Voorn was the headliner, with Italy’s very own Davide Squillace, and LA based producer Trente Cantrelle to keep the crowd going until closing time.
Trente Cantrelle known for the production of, “I Want A Freak” released in 2012, started the night off with a rather house-y yet deep set. He dropped “Another Time” by Ben Anders released on Off Recordings in addition to a few other mellow vocal infused dance hits. Cantrelle proved to be a great opener, with plenty of awesome transitioning skills.
At quarter to one, the dance floor started getting more packed as the eager crowd awaited Davide Squillace’s return to NYC. He started off his set with a warm bass line, and then blended what sounded like cheering crowds and cymbals with bass as a way of pumping up his crowd for his anticipated return. Squillace dropped Tale of Us’ “Another Earth” which was a WMC favorite this year, as well as “A Better Light” Martinez Brothers Remix by Santos Resiak. He closed his set with a booming deep bass line and lots of instruments.
After Voorn’s impressive b2b set with Nic Fanciulli in Miami quickly became a WMC favorite, Verboten was ready to take on the Netherlands native for themselves, and the rest of NYC. He came on set at 3 with a clapping tech-house track which he then slowly transitioned into a beautiful deep spanish guitar track. He dropped a variation of hits including his own “Spank the Maid”, Cuartero’s “Coco”, Analog People In A Digital World’s “Rose Rouge Vocal Edit” as well as Seth Troxler’s new track “Time” with Subb-an and Tom Trago. He even played an edit to Plastikman’s “Spastik” which really got the crowd stomping around the dance floor, proving he did not leave his spark in Miami after all. Listeners agreed this this was not the typical Voorn we were use to. Jolaze Hernandez, a fellow New Yorker observed, “I was surprised. I didn’t think he would spin as good as he did tonight. I’ve seen him on four separate occasions, and this time he was a lot more experimental. He definitely changed since I had last seen him two years ago.”
Joris already has departed NYC but you can keep his beats fresh in your mind ! Enjoy!
Overall the night was filled with plenty of dancing, beautiful vocals, and a reverberating bass, I could still hear! Join us again next week for Britain’s very own Maya Jane Coles, Ewan Pearson, and James Teej at Highline Ballroom for another special night to remember.