Tuesday nights are typically hard for me to go out and party on given my work schedule, but the Dutch duo made it worth it. Opening up with a string of Jungle House bangers I didn’t recognize, the beats were infectious as they sent the crowd into a whirlwind of dancing grooves. I realize SJ-RM are from Holland but a lot of the music they play are infused with Latin elements and that’s something that makes the boys special. As I’ve already said, the guys play a lot of instrumental House tracks while layering acapella vocals on top of them – like when they played their original track “Tribeca” splashed with Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep”. They did the same thing with “Blackout” and Fatboy Slim’s “Star 69” (see above link for details).
When the beat stops during their sets, SJ-RM make sure to create build-ups of epic proportions, only to have them come crashing down in to deep heavy kick drums and sneaky banger drops they set them apart from their DJ colleagues. It also helps that Bijou has one of the best sound systems in Boston. After about an hour of lesser-known tracks, the boys played some of the more main stream tracks out there such as Arty’s “Around the World”, Tommy Trash & Sebastian Ingrosso’s “Reload”, Sander Van Doorn’s “Koko”, and Nari & Milani’s “Atom”. Other tracks in the mix included Faithless’ “Insomnia”, Funkerman ft. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Otherside 2010”, and Joe Brunning – Now Let Me See You Work.
All in all the boys brought it exactly as I thought they were going to, playing many tracks that were familiar to me, but more importantly lots more that I hadn’t heard before. Bijou is truly making a name for itself as one of Boston’s best clubs to see the biggest names in dance music, with its bumpin’ sound, elegant interior design, and beautiful people scattered about. Stay tuned to our upcoming shows page for more acts coming to the club – like Martin Solveig tonight (Oct. 30) and Danny Tenaglia on Halloween night. Special thanks to Samantha and Mete!