Laidback Luke @ The Guvernment, Toronto: March 19, 2011
Reviewed by Scott Willats
Grote Kamer de Nood Grote Kamers van Deejay! For those of you not fluent in the language of the people who live in tulip country, home of the infamous Oranje jerseys and many canals, I will translate: Big Room DJs Need Big Rooms!
Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren, Fedde Le Grand, Ferry Corsten, Afrojack (breath), Sander Kleinenberg, Joris Voorn, Sidney Sampson, Sander Van Doorn (deep breath): the list of DJs from The Netherlands goes on and on and on. There is no other country on this planet that has the array … no, wait, the artillery … no, correction, the arsenal of all-star DJs that the Dutch can boast. They can brag about having DJ Times’ Top Rated DJ of all time in Tiesto. They can also pound their chest about having Armin Van Buuren, who has been head-to-head with David Guetta, the best DJ in the world for the past 5 years. We all know the rookie of the year for the past 12 months should definitely be Afrojack. So it’s downright devastating to witness the overflowing cup of riches the Dutch possess in house music when you see Laidback Luke come to town.
The Manila-born, Amsterdam-raised DJ has been in heavy demand for the past two years. Countless remixes, each of them better than the last, have surfaced on blogs and electro websites across the world. This was not lost on the electro-lites in Toronto who bought out the show and were ready to send Luke to Miami with all the confidence in the world.
Without breaking a sweat “Timebomb” plays throughout the Guvernment’s sound system, and for all I knew we could have been in the Ajax Arena at a full-on Ferry Show. The crowd was proper and poised for a long and “ecstasy”-filled set that would take them away from their 9-5s. When “Timebomb” was done it was obvious to everyone that Luke, like many Dutch DJs, cannot be stuck in a small club. He needs an arena.
The show was filled with new tracks, as Luke has been very busy. Those of you who saw my 2010 Summer Rush interview with Lil Jon would know that Jon and Luke had just finished a studio session days before I talked to him. ”Turbulence” is, of course, the name of the track they collaborated on with the help of Steve Aoki, and that track is BIG: Miami Music Conference track of the year BIG! Look out! The remix of “Wait for Me” played along with MSTRKRFT’s “Heartbreaker” and Roybn’s “Indestructible” has me asking my friend if Luke is the best remixer in the world. And that is my question to you: Is there anyone in the world making better remixes than Laidback Luke? I mean, the man still uses Fruity Loops for heavens sake! This is the same man many will say is the true architect behind Swedish House Mafia’s “Leave the World Behind,” which turned them into a house movement. Like Johan Cruyff to Marco Van Basten, Tiesto has been quoted as saying “Luke is a bit special.” Imagine that on your resume.
The only sour note of the night was a personal one. Luke’s remix of David Guetta’s ‘”Ain’t That Enough” is easily my favourite Luke song — and one of my favorite songs, period. Unfortunately, we did not hear that track, as it is a little dated. But how could I blame the man when he drops hit after hit from just THIS YEAR! For those of you still hurting from the Oranje’s loss to Spain in the World Cup, I say let them have the World Cup — because the World of House belongs to the Dutch, and Laidback Luke has a firm grip on that trophy.
Steve Aoki & Laidback Luke feat. Lil Jon – Turbulence