Brooklyn, N.Y. — This past October 26—just before superstorm Sandy knocked out power at the DJ Times office—we had the pleasure of exploring Brooklyn’s new Barclays Center, thanks to ID&T’s first foray into the United States: Sensation Innerspace.
The production value and quality of dance music that the Dutch company brings to its Sensation events are remarkable, and New York’s Sensation raised the bar even higher. With one unified vision spanning two nights—Friday and Saturday night’s roster only shared opener Mr. White and quasi-headliner Fedde Le Grand—the DJs delivered deep and diverse electronic rhythms.
We don’t usually care for dance music in large arenas, but the massive show that Sensation brought was actually quite fitting for the music pumping out of the speakers. The multi-tiered, massive flower stage in the center contained a DJ booth that would periodically rotate, allowing those on the floor to get a good view. Several smaller water-spouting flowers could be found around the outskirts of the arena, as well as a mechanism that would release words formed by water falling around the central flower’s pillar. The ceiling was adorned with large balls that would rapidly lower and change colors. A fiery platform rose and dropped from the central flower, and at times stage dancers would even ascend into the air.
Sensation events require attendees to dress in all-white and we saw plenty of eccentric white raver gear. It felt as though we were in a cult, but in a good way; like a sort of happy-go-lucky dancing congregation at church. And musically, it remained unique as well. By eschewing your cookie-cutter mainstream “EDM” fare for a more mature lineup, Sensation made the right choice—and boy, did these seasoned DJs deliver. The mysterious Mr. White—a Sensation staple and resident opener—repeatedly kicked things off, with Le Grand taking the third slot on both nights.
Friday’s lineup featured vocal-house legend Dennis Ferrer, Joris Voorn, and Nic Fanciulli, while Saturday’s partygoers were treated to the likes of their very own NYC icon Danny Tenaglia, along with 2000 and One, and Mark Knight.
Highlights from Ferrer’s Friday set included wAFF’s “Jo Johnson” mashed with DJ Le Roi’s “I Get Deep (Acapella),” and an unidentified funky track with The Beatles’ “Come Together (Acapella)” laid atop.
Leaning toward a more mainstream sound, our Fedde favorites were Deniz Koyu’s “Bong” layered with Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus (Eric Prydz Remix),” and Sander van Doorn & Julian Jordan’s “Kangaroo.”
Voorn, of course, hammered his remix of Swedish House Mafia’s “Don’t You Worry Child,” and the classic 2002 Bushwacka! Remix of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean.” Last, but not least, Fanciulli went late into the night with subterranean tracks like Plastikman’s “Spastik,” and Loco Dice “Definition.” All in all—sensational.
– Chris Davis
Listen to Sensation Innerspace – Friday October 26th here (via exQlusiv.com OFFICIAL):
Listen to Sensation Innerspace – Saturday October 27th here (via exQlusiv.com OFFICIAL):