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The Enigmatic Claptone Enchants Verboten

An evening with the mysterious masked man of House music, Claptone, will never fail to disappoint. Beyond Claptone's infectious and minimalistic, yet driving, tunes, Claptone brought along Felix da Housecat and Devon James, both of whom laid down legendary sets. The crowd was moving, the speakers bumping, and the night can go down in history as yet another success for the phenomenal club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn known as Verboten. Opening the show was Verboten veteran, Devon James, laying down what was, in my opinion, one of his best sets to date. It's not mystery that I'm a fan of Mr. James and his multitude of projects, ranging from his production work on Felix da Housecat's forthcoming album, to his Brooklyn-based multimedia artist collective, RVDIOVCTIVE (which attracts some of the best upcoming artists, like JAUZ and mija), but this set was one to remember. Lucky for us (and most of the members of the crowd I was talking to) he's got the whole set loaded on to mixcloud so we'll never forget.

Live from Verboten; Brooklyn, NY - July 2nd 2015 by Devon James Stewart on Mixcloud

Next up was the masked man himself, previously dubbed by me (somewhat fanboy-ishly) as the "Picasso of House," Claptone. Churning out tune after tune that blends old and new, Claptone's signature style has proven innovative and immensely popular, climbing the Beatport charts week after week. menbarphotos_10.10.14_claptone_verboten-245 Playing some of his best singles, ranging from his "Long Days, Hot Nights" remix to his more current tunes, like the unforgettable "Liquid Spirit" remix and his latest single, "Music Got Me," Claptone once again proved that he is on the forefront of the evolution of electronic music. Breathing life into older tracks and creating sonic masterpieces from anew, Claptone's mysterious and compelling presence will continue to redefine what electronic music is "supposed" to sound like. His set at Verboten was no exception. Closing out the night was Chicago house legend, Felix da Housecat. Playing a unique late-night disco set, Felix was able to create a throwback vibe that made you remember the roots of house music. Felix, a veteran of curating sets to accommodate the unique vibe of an evening, was able to cultivate disco vibe to follow Claptone's more deep house oriented set and truly expose his eclectic style. Energized from the upcoming release of his latest album, "Narrative of Thee Blast Illusion," (check out the full album stream here!) Felix closed out the night, leaving all those in attendance wanting more. Check out a track from Felix's upcoming album (released July 10th) below!