Time Warp US @ 39th Street Pier – 11.28 & 11.29

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Deep in the depths of Brooklyn at the 39th Street Pier, Time Warp—Germany’s long-running and highly regarded indoor techno festival—continued its 20th Anniversary celebration with its debut US edition. With two distinct stages—the awe-inducing “The Cave” main room featuring draped fabric resembling stalagmites and the still-impressive side room—and two full nights of music, it’s quite a feat that the team managed to pull the event off in the face of some stiff issues that threatened its existence.

No Regular Play’s performance featuring both beats and live trumpet served as a funky warm-up, and Joseph Capriati’s meaty set kicked the night into high gear. tINI provided one of the highlights of the night when she dropped a track—also heard during her set this summer at Hyte Festival NYC—featuring samples from the infamous video compiling Mariah Carey’s incessant use of the word “moment” during a hosting stint on a shopping network.

However, there’s little doubt that the night belonged to Dubfire, whose North American debut of his dubfire:liveHYBRID performance was a cinematic excursion that truly put the “techno” into “technology.” Combining 2D and 3D visuals that told a loose story of man and machine coming together as one, attendees were treated to an experience not often seen within the genre. That being said, the music is ultimately what matters, and Dubfire’s set was a masterful showcase of some of the finest underground dance to be heard.

While the bizarre video of Richie Hawtin pushing a speaker onto a woman filming his closing set became the most talked about event from Saturday night, the performances were no less buzzworthy. Brooklyn’s own Anthony Parasole opened the night with a no-holds-barred set of aggressive industrial techno, while Pan-Pot followed up with a brilliantly paced set that grew from groove-heavy beginnings to a raucous finale. Sven Väth’s three-hour performance was an odyssey of consecutive dance bombs in the main room, while Josh Wink’s acid-tongued floor-shaker ripped into the side room.

Click through our full photo gallery below to get a taste of Time Warp’s first US edition.

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