We’d heard whispers about the fun on offer at Subversions – regular party night at Verboten, headed by a residency from Matthew Dear. When we saw Subversions up in lights as part of CMJ, we had to check it out.
The line-up was a must-see for anyone who appreciates quality electronic music and it was obvious from the get-go that the crowd was united in their mutual appreciation of the acts. Matthew Dear, Daniel Avery and Roman Flügel were set to take them by the hand and walk them through one epic night of debaucherous partying.
Verboten is considered by many to be Brooklyn’s premiere electronic/dance club, often talked about in the same breath as Output, Cielo and Bushwick’s Bossa Nova. The space at Verboten is prime for seeing live music, with a stage that is raised for all to see. The main room draws your attention up and to the impressive ceiling above via the high, white walls and colorful art installation-like decorations adorning them.
Verboten resident and chief Subversions party man Matthew Dear kicked off the party in typical style – his synth, electro-pop tunes got the party sufficiently started as the crowd began to build and the podiums fill.
Daniel Avery changed the tempo as things got dark from 2pm onwards. If you haven’t listened to his latest record Drone Logic then give it a spin for an understanding of what I mean by deep. This guy has serious talent and owned Verboten like you’d expect a pro to do.
Roman Flügel closed it out with slightly more ethereal and experimental soundscapes, but ultimately still heavy electro beats. Flügel is renowned as one of the biggest names in German electronic music and a seasoned veteran of the industry having spent over 20 years behind the decks. What a choice to bring the night to a close. The crowd was delirious by this point after a solid few hours of quality dance music.
By the end of the night the dance floor was a sea of masked revellers, worn out and completely in awe of what they’d just witnessed.