Winter blues got you down? Go see a Goldroom show. Josh Legg, who goes by the name Goldroom when producing music and performing on stage, resides in Los Angeles but spreads his Summery vibes all around the world – both in “live” form and DJ sets. Last night was one of Goldroom’s DJ sets at the awesome Mezzanine San Francisco and it was the perfect way to spend a late December Saturday night. If you’re not familiar with Goldroom’s style think of artists like Thomas Jack, The Magician, Viceroy, and Kygo. But Goldroom, of course, has his own sound and his own voice and that’s why it’s worth your hard-earned dollars to go see him live.
As expected, the show opened up with lower BPMs and plenty of melody – Goldroom’s track “Embrace” flooded the speakers of Mezzanine to start. The audience was treated to several songs of the same variety, with Goldroom seamlessly mixing them together to keep the flow of the show flawless and the mood upbeat. Gradually Goldroom started increasing the BPMs and the intensity of his songs and the dance floor went from singalong to bumpin’ party. A particular turning point came when Josh mixed in Alex Metric & Oliver’s “Galaxy” which is a disco-infused jam. A couple notable songs came into the rotation with lyrics of “take you, take you there” and “I love it when you talk dirty”, respectively, but my trainspotting techniques failed me and I was unable to identify them (if you’re reading this and you can ID the songs let us know!). I thoroughly enjoyed hearing “Nairobi” by the Bag Raiders, which is a song I hadn’t heard before by a group whose name I hadn’t seen in a long time – it’s good to see they’re back. The crowd was treated to the fantastic “Sunlight” by The Magician, which brought me back to The Magician’s performance at the same venue just a couple months earlier.
At some point during the middle of the set, Goldroom unleashed a bunch of inflatable palm trees with his name written on them, an instant hit for anyone who was fortunate enough to grab one. My friends and I even started a little limbo contest using the tree as the limbo stick – thanks to anyone who participated. Throughout the rest of the show we heard some great tunes and saw lots of smiling faces. Cassian’s “Running” made it into the set, plus the Oxford Club mix of Goldroom’s “Fifteen”, a version of Duke Dumont’s “Won’t Look Back”, a version of the classic “Rhythm of the Night”, and finally the Viceroy remix of Amtrac’s “Those Days”.
The show last night was a fantastic one and exactly what I was looking for: good vibes, good friends, and excitement of what’s to come next from Goldroom.
Ahead of Goldroom’s San Francisco date he dropped the “Saguaro Mix 2014” which showcases a lot of the music he’s been listening to and feeling lately. The track description talks of Goldroom’s struggles to complete his album, citing writer’s block as the main culprit. Among other things, Goldroom writes “Walking around Joshua Tree that day, soundtracked by these songs, the sun beating back the cold, it became so clear that there is hope and that music really can cure all. I’m happy to share that soundtrack with all of you today in this mix. Hopefully it can give you some hope too.”
Check out the mix below, go see Goldroom live, and stay tuned for his album release!
*Tracklist after jump*
Perhaps its the colder weather, the lack of sun, or the unknown of tomorrow, but these past few months have left me in a bit of a creative rut. My album is so close to completion that finding ways to push forward into new territories musically has been challenging in a way I haven’t experienced before. The weight of finishing “the album” has been weighing heavily on me, but I can say that I’m finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. As it usually does, the hope was sparked by a trip to the desert a couple of weeks ago. The nights are bitterly cold there this time of year, but every day, the sun returns to thaw the world back to life. Walking around Joshua Tree that day, soundtracked by these songs, the sun beating back the cold, it became so clear that there is hope and that music really can cure all. I’m happy to share that soundtrack with all of you today in this mix. Hopefully it can give you some hope too.
A huge thank you to all of the artists’ music that I used. Everyone should check the tracklist below and be sure to take a minute to listen to their music.
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Artwork by Alex Viau
Creep Crawl Flash – Wake
2 Ummagma – Kiev (A Copycat Remix)
Knight One – Hollow (Les Loups Remix)
Chet Faker – 1998 (NTEIBINT Remix)
Brooke Fraser – Kings And Queens (Zimmer Remix)
Gigamesh – Back 2 Life
Corbu – Neon Hallway (Autograf Remix)
Cyclist – Sunrise (AIMES Remix)
Michael The Lion – Funk Train
Laura Branigan – Self Control (Nude Disco & Broken DJ’s Remix)
Soft Touch – Only Lover (JNL’s Monogamix)
MyKill – These Moments
Kimbra – Posse (Ghosts Of Venice Remix)
Tobtok – Higher Feat. Emil Hero (JackLNDN Mix)
ODESZA – Say My Name (Hayden James Remix)
Luke Million – Light And Sound
RUFUS – Sundream (Classixx Remix)
Pinemarten – Heartache 1986