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Three notes from Digitalism’s DJ set at Body English

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Flamboyant electro-house ruled Digitalism’s 90-minute set at Body English on September 14.
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1. I think maybe 25 people in the half-full club that night could call themselves fans of or familiar with Digitalism. Fortunately, about double that danced to the German duo’s selections—both their own music and those from other producers. Actually, the songs played were mostly their own, per the current producer-performing-as-DJ trend, and in the case of one song, “Zdarlight,” they played two different versions, and my companion for the night swears he heard it teased a third time. A majority of the Digitalism material was culled from their breakthrough 2007 album, Idealism, which was a smart move given the big shrugged response for 2011’s I Love You Dude.

2. Flamboyant electro-house ruled the 90-minute set, with some hard house (example: Moonbootica’s “Tonight”) and throwback rave/Madchester (Para One’s “You Too”) sprinkled in. An early peak came with the one-two punch of Bazarro’s “Burger Town” and an Eric Prydz remix of Digitalism’s “Circles.” Toward the end, three consecutive songs garnered the loudest cheers: the only real EDM selection of the night, Afrojack’s “Pacha on Acid”; Prodigy’s 1998 hit “Smack My Bitch Up”; and a pretty supreme remix of Digitalism’s biggest hit, “Pogo.” The night’s surprise, however, might’ve been the mash of the twosome’s “Blitz” and the eponymous track from "Together," featuring Thomas Bangalter of Daft Punk, which worked the song into the encores of their 2007 live sets.

3. Who says chivalry is dead? In attendance for a gig technically billed as “Destructo and Friends Featuring Digitalism” was none other than Pasquale Rotella, who as the head of Insomniac Events (the producer of Electric Daisy Carnival) is the main competitor to HARD Events, the LA-based party promoter owned by Gary Richards—aka Destructo. But they’re cool; HARD had its own stage at this year’s EDC and Richards/Destructo can boast that Rotella and his wife Holly Madison followed their Sept. 10 Disneyland wedding with one of his gigs.

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