November 27, 2009 by DJ Elroy
Digital Dance Log: 20 November, 2009. Denver, Colorado. The Church.
A balmy but dry evening to kick off the holiday season, a head full of candy and Denver’s most enthusiastic club kids… Schools out, let’s party!
After a decade of successfully debacherous Twenty40 events, Jason Proteje and Devious D have spawned the next generation of morally questionable good times. Twenty42 is steppin’ up the game in the Mile High City with a massive makeover: fresh talent, all new events and virgin venues. The original Twenty40 made a mark in Colorado nightlife with sell-out shows (who could forget the annual Naughty Schoolgirls, or the tricks — and treats — at their Halloween shows, and of course the Hedonism parties?). They’ve also played an important role helping organize and promote the hugely successful regional events like Global Fridays and Caffeine.
Friday night found Denver’s dance music community congregating at the award-winning Church nightclub for the official launch party of Twenty42. DJ Krootz (EMP Audio/Twenty42/Dank Radio) opened the party right with a slow-burning house tip and as the kids trickled in from the cold line out front the kick drum drove out the chill and melted away the worries of the week. He turned up the heat with a few unreleased bombs by local legends like Jontron and Seth Orin. A few uninhibited souls broke out the glow sticks early and I was sent scrambling for cover when the swinging ropes of liquid light came a bit too close to my camera. Some drinks with events promoter Digger Denny, shooting the breeze with the beautiful go-go girls, and a bit of catching up with Twenty40 co-founder Bryan Matthew got my evening off on a positive note.
A tight follow-up set by longtime resident DJ Devious D (Twenty42/Lavish Nightlife/Soul Residue) worked the vibe into a smooth blend of progressive tech-house. Chart toppers like Jumped (Harry Choo Choo Romero) and Let’s Get Clinical — the Tom Middleton Twisted Dub (Maximo Park) came together to create a big-party vibe. Bonus: D’s new mix Actuate will be available here on the Digital Dancefloor very soon!
Jason Roberts (Twenty42) gave the speakers a swift kick in the nuts when he dropped in with his unique style and kept the evening moving along at a bangin’ clip, throwing out everything from electro-house to club-style and back again, even dropping a few classics including one of my personal favorites Turn on the Music (Roger Sanchez). I spent some time in VIP talking shop with resident photog McLovin for a bit while the boys were bangin’ the bassbins down on the main floor.
By now the drinks were flowing, the dancers dancing, and even the awkward wallflowers decided to uproot and get in the action. Proteje brought some bangin’ raw electro-tech house and breaks with a good spread of sub-genres and expertly twisted the groove back and forth between beats and bass. Notable bangers Get Hype on This (BSD) and Get Up (DJ Icey) utterly destroyed the dancefloor and segued perfectly into the final hour of broken beat goodness.
Club veteran Natural Nate (Serato Scratch/NuBreaks.com) closed out the night with some wicked breakbeats and big-bass cuts. It was nice to see a breaks circle (something the other more posh clubs in town frown upon) and as the night wound down I left with a sense of satisfaction at having seen a great show with old friends and promises to check out future shows with new ones.