In an era of dance music where b2bs are becoming a dime-a-dozen, two Swedes joined forces for one of the most transcendent collaborative performances dance music has ever seen. During Miami Music Week 2018 Eric Prydz joined forces with Drumcode Boss, Adam Beyer, and brought his EPIC production team along for the ride. The result was not only the hands-down best show of MMW 2018, but most attendees remarked it was the best show they had ever seen. And techno fans are not the type to throw phrases like that around flippantly.
So, when Adam Beyer x Cirez D was announced to return for 4 new shows the expectations were sky high. Was this a flash in the pan or did this duo have more gas in the can? Their Friday show in Brooklyn, New York showed that yes, it can get even better than the Miami show.
The Venue, The Venue, The Venue
Why? Simply because the Brooklyn Navy Yard warehouse space is the EXACT type of venue that comes to mind when you think of this type of show. In fact, this has to be the type of venue that Eric and Adam envisioned when they developed this concept. Short of Printworks, this is the coolest and most perfect techno venue imaginable. It’s massive, it’s industrial af, the weather outside was cold so it was not a deathly hot sauna inside, and the entire roof of the building was a skylight.
Ok I’ll be honest; Having attended the Miami show, I think the set list was slightly better in March. However, that doesn’t mean that this show wasn’t basically just as good. If you never went to Miami, this show would absolutely be just as mind-blowing as the first one was for me. Miami holds a special place because it was the first one and the Miami set was a bit darker, featuring 3 IDs that turned out to be massive tunes from Enrico Sangiuliano‘s Biomorph album. That being said ABCD (Adam Beyer x Cirez D) brought plenty of hot tracks to Brooklyn that seared into the minds of the attendees.
On top of top notch track selection and DJing skill on display, the production is equally top-class. Using the team from Prydz’ legendary EPIC show, the production features ample LEDs and lasers positioned to create a box around the stage. The moving lights throughout the warehouse space created a truly unique European/industrial vibe that even the Miami and LA shows lacked. Sure the Ultra Resistance Megastructure might also be a great space for this, but there’s something about the gritty warehouse that suits the show better than anything else.
The Memorable Tunes
If you missed these historic shows, don’t fret. Adam Beyer has already confirmed more ABCD is coming in 2019. To stoke that FOMO and hype you up for the next legendary show, we compiled a few tracks that fans can’t stop talking about (from all 4 shows).