Verboten set itself up for greatness with a residency line-up of some of the greatest names in house and techno, as shown in their opening nights. On Saturday fans packed the warehouse space for one of those artists, the one and only goddess of Drumcode, Ida Engberg. The Swedish beauty, set to play an extended 4 hour set that evening, had the entire club in a frenzy of anticipation leading up to her set. Needless to say, the night would be long and late for the majority of the crowd.
The night began with British DJ Russ Yallop on the decks to get the control room moving and grooving. He kept the room light and groovy with his set as many took the time to roam around and relax for the long night ahead. In the Cabaret Bar, you could browse the funky one of a kind threads of Ibiza Love Child while bopping to the deep house sounds of AFFKT, Pattern Drama, and Kev O’Brien. While moving between rooms, Pattern Drama seemed to steal the show in the Cabaret Bar, mixing tribal drums and tropical house beats throughout the night that was utterly contagious to those at the bar or sitting on the side. The room had a carefree vibe with the upbeat, groovy sounds that were played all night long, and was a nice escape from the sometimes-intensely packed control room.
Over Ida’s four hour set, she kept a funky bassline throughout that was impossible not to dance to. While she did start a bit later than her anticipated 12:30 set, it made the crowd voracious for her sound and that much more thankful when she took to the decks. The room was packed for the entire time, drenched in the reflections off the discoball as Ida showed off her skills. Quirky projections of both animations and grainy films filled three of the four walls of the control room as well, allowing the crowd to let go of their senses and escape from reality. With tracks like Maceo Plex’s “Conjure Bass” and Fur Coat’s Remix of “The Hunted” Ida’s set twisted from light and groovy to dark and bassy all in one night. Warped, deep vocals from tracks like “Killer Queen”dominated the control room, almost hypnotizing all of us into a techno trance. Ida ended her residency set with Matthew Dear’s “It’s Over Now”, and aptly titled departure from the decks that ironically made us yearn for more.
To close out the night, Deepak Sharma went to the dark side with some super-dirty tracks booming with bass and a driving beat. While his set was a drastic change from Ida’s style, it kept people dancing as the sun rose. By 6am, light was shining through the singular skylight in the control room, and it was time to drag our sore dancing feet home to bed. Verboten continues to stay high on my list of clubs, and with their stellar customer service and affordable, accessible shows, it will remain that way for a long, long time.
Review by Maggie Popovich for Beatcue.com