Once again, there was a highly anticipated and exceptional night ahead of us at 794 Bathurst. Footwork nightclub, having been relocated only a number of weeks ago is still a fresh venue in the immensely vast map of Toronto’s music destinations. Nevertheless, it has quickly drawn eager party-goers and house music lovers and seems to have instantly become a favourite for many. Tonight was certainly going to add to the momentum that has been building since its doors first opened.
A house music pioneer and Toronto’s own, DJ Sneak was making his return home to celebrate his birthday after a busy summer playing in Ibiza and touring throughout Europe. It was sure to be a proper night of birthday celebrations with Sneak bring Mark Farina and Amine Edge & Dance along for the party. Toronto was more than ready for these certified house gangsters to take over their Saturday night.
After the opening sets got the night started, DJ Sneak stepped into the booth looking confident as ever. As soon as he took control of the CDJ’s, he had the whole crowd loosing control to his jacking house beats. Though Sneak, being the birthday boy and hometown hero had the spotlight, Farina was at his side the entire time. Farina, going back to back, gave stellar support and added his distinctive flair to the warm, never-ending flow of dance floor killers. Sneak exhibited flawless mixing, consisting of a blend of Chicago-inspired classic house music and at the same time pulling influences from a broad variety of other musical backgrounds. Combining the vocals of everything from Michael Jackson, Talking Heads, Grand Master Flash, Space Jam, Depeche Mode to Gwen Stefani, with his relentless groovy house baselines, there was no questioning that Sneak was a true House OG.
Gracing us with their presence from the South of France, Amine Edge & Dance took over and delivered the late night sets. These guys are no strangers in the European house scene and were treating Canada to an appearance that was sure to leave an impression. Bringing their unique underground, hard-hitting deep bass jams, they blew everyone away. Arriving from their Hard Festival set in L.A, the group kept the crowd on their feet right up until the early morning hours with their mixture of house and hip-hop influenced beats. Amine Edge & Dance played back to back, showing their obvious musical chemistry and clearly representing their true G-House style with smooth transitions and a banging bass. Their set came to a bittersweet finish with their remix of Frank Ocean’s “Lost”, a mainstay in their shows that have been rocking crowds across the globe and was received no differently tonight.
Even though it was Sneak’s birthday, there was no question he gave us the bigger present-an unforgettable set along with an exceptional, hand-selected supporting cast of house gangsters providing a night of genuine, quality club music.
By: Ansel Harwood-Moses & Alev Kayagil – http://www.thescenemagazine.ca/sneaks-birthday-beats-2013