Earlier this month, HARD announced a series of free secret shows called Mouth Taped Shut in promotion of the film The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. After leaving the public to speculate as to who the artists would be, HARD finally announced a packed lineup for the New York show that would feature DJ sets from The Bloody Beetroots, James Murphy, Proxy and Eye.
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The December 10 show started earlier than most of HARD’s past events at Terminal 5, so, unfortunately, I only caught the last ten minutes of DJ Eyeâ€™s set. What little I did hear, I definitely enjoyed. The tracks he dropped were super bass-drive, dark, and aggressive. His style and music choice resembled that of Porter Robinsonâ€™s sets.
Next up was Russian DJ Proxy who is signed to Tiga’s label, Turbo Recordings. Proxy opened up with his unreleased remix of Azari & IIIâ€™s â€śReckless With Your Loveâ€ť which had everyone on their feet dancing. But the show really picked up when he dropped his signature track â€śRaven,â€ť which made the entire crowd erupt in a â€śHEY! HEY! HEY!” chant. For those unfamiliar with Proxy, his sound is a blend of Belgian new beat and classic rave. All in all, his set was impressive and he is definitely someone worth checking out.
Due to technical difficulties there was an awkward 30 minute wait in between Proxy and the next act. After finally sorting out the sound problems, James Murphy, former frontman of LCD Soundstystem, took the stage for an all-vinyl, 45-minute disco set. At first, the obscure disco tracks were incredibly refreshing, but after a while it began to sound repetitive and lacked the intensity that the crowed seemed to want. Murphy is probably best suited for more intimate venues, joined by other DJs that better compliment his style.
Last and definitely not least were the Bloody Beetroots. I went into the show with incredibly high expectations for their performance and they exceeded them in every way. The entire venue was jumping, moshing, dancing and raging throughout their set. They went through all of their hits such as “Dimmakmmunication,” “New Noise,” and “Cornelius,” and also dropped bangers from other big DJs including Dada Life and Skrillex. They finished off their set strong, with a crowd favorite, “Warp 1.9,” which unexpectedly lead into Little Richard’s â€śYou Make Me Wanna Shout.â€ť Their performance was incredible from start to finish and I highly recommend going to see them if you ever have the opportunity.