By: Natalie Raben
Brooklyn, N.Y. – Ushuaia in Ibiza ain’t got nothing on the Brooklyn waterfront.
This past Saturday, Luciano relocated his famed Ibiza sound to the second installment of Verboten’s StageONE series: “Somewhere in BKN…,” which essentially was a warehouse party in the bright sunshine. Carl Craig, one of the many brilliant minds behind this party series, joined this Cadenza label boss in a b2b set, while the sun actually set over Manhattan. Not too shabby.
Taking place just after NYC’s sweltering summer heatwave abated, this StageONE party enjoyed a breezy and brilliantly bearable afternoon. Detroit’s Moodyman was planning on starting with a 2 p.m. set time, but was set briefly back by a turntable SNAFU. Once this was solved, he kicked things off beautifully and was followed by French InFine label boss, Agoria, who carried the groove with gusto.
Carl Craig was next to drop beats and he began with a mellow vibe around 6:30 p.m. Red, white and blue lights flashed behind his head, triggering flashbacks from Verboten’s Independence Day installment at the same waterfront location, a party that featured Sasha, Guy Gerber, Maya Jane Coles and Davide Squillace.
While Craig was vibing his initially mellow techno, Luciano’s head was poking out of the other side of the stage, prepping his territory. As the sun began to set, the mood quickly shifted and my companion, donning an aqua tank top, agreed, “Shit just got teal.” Sunset shifts never cease to amaze – making these day-to-night outdoor parties extremely economical and efficient ways to experience multiple sides of the clubbing coin.
Luciano eventually joined Craig on stage, rounding out Carl’s Detroit techno with his very own soulful Euro flavor. At one point, FCL’s “It’s You” was dropped – probably one of only about three vocal tracks played throughout the night. Yes, that list also included a remix of Marvin Gaye’s “Just Like Music.”
Those grooving to this party did not want it to stop and, although the flyer read a 10-pm close, the two played well into the 11 o’clock hour. The end of the night was signified by Luciano’s very own “Rise of an Angel” – an epic conclusion to a magnificent techno party.