July 28, 2014

Bingo Players Rattle & Roll Through Atlanta

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Atlanta –  Despite an unfortunate medical diagnosis this summer, Bingo Players recently rolled out on the massive Rattle & Roll bus tour with Bassjackers and MAKJ. With an intricate stage setup and heavy bass, the tour traveled to the Heaven room of Atlanta’s Masquerade for a mid-week rave that transformed the normally punk-rock venue into an electronic dance party.

MAKJ opened the night with a set heavy on his signature bootlegs. With a focus on big-room, festival-ready house drops and builds, his combination of the old and new—like his edit that mashed the House of Pain classic “Jump Around” with Showtek’s “Slow Down”—the young producer managed to get the crowd moving from the get-go. Topping off his set with his Hardwell collaboration and his unreleased remix of Nervo and Ivan Gough’s “Not Taking This No More,” he proved he’s far more than a mash-up DJ. Bassjackers’ follow-up set was a relentless assault of pulsating electro, but a short trap section was largely appreciated by the Dirty South crowd, which chanted “ATL” over an orchestra of high-hats.

Bingo Players arrived with a production inspired by the group’s 80s ghetto blaster aesthetic, with a DJ booth decked with a wall of boomboxes that were both neon-lit and disco-ball-filled and a stage flanked with screens resembling radio speakers. The set reflected this theme, with Maarten Hoogstraten (Other member Paul Bäumer is absent on medical leave) throwing down anthemic hit after hit. A bootleg of Foreigner’s “Cold as Ice” coupled with the Melbourne Bounce drop of TJR’s “Ode to Oi” early on set off the crowd, which would not stop moving for the better part of nearly two hours.

Over the course of the set, Hoogstraten largely stuck to the mantra established earlier in the night by Bassjackers, but steered it into a more widely digestible package. Bingo Players originals like “Cry (Just a Little)” and “Rattle” garnered the largest crowd response, but a late-night placement of Martin Solveig and Laidback Luke’s “Blow” solidified the crowd’s approval of the track selection. The absolute highlight was a high-octane remix of “Rosa Parks” by Atlanta’s own Outkast, which the hometown crowd ate up.

Bingo Players’ Rattle & Roll Tour continues through the end of the year. To promote the tour, the duo is hosting a contest for a chance to win tickets and a meet-and-greet. To enter, head here. For more information on the tour, check out our previous coverage.

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