REVIEW: Teklife and Kevin Saunderson Played PS1 MoMA Warm Up Series


I finally made a visit to PS1 MoMA’s Warm Up Series this past Saturday. Despite the imminent looking “Independence Day” clouds that were rolling overhead, the weather held out and made way for a comfortable afternoon of daydrinking and dancing in the courtyard.

This year’s installation is massive. The two towers of white brick are multifunctional. Observers can sit inside of the ceiling-less structure, and look up to see a metal infinity symbol hardly that hardly obstructs the view of the sky. Surrounding the towers are bade pools where people can cool their feet in water. Many people opted to do so on Saturday while soaking up some background tunes.

Teklife brought a high energy performance complete with street dancers and Danny Brown samples. Their lengthy performance brought a DJ Rashad tribute and plenty of audience interaction. While I enjoyed their brand of electro hip-hop, the audience wasn’t particularly feeling it. The folks near us who were booing toward the end of their performance were not on board.

Their attitudes quickly changed when the next DJ, Kevin Saunderson, took the stage. The atmosphere went from Chicago club to Detroit House in a matter of moments. Saunderson reminded me of all of the great house music coming out of that area right now. His subtle and sparing use of vocal samples paired beautifully with the driving beats and pulsing bass. His set became the perfect background sound to Saturday’s sunset.

You still have two more weekends to check out this year’s courtyard installation and Warm-Up party. It’s just a G-Train Shuttle Bus ride away! Check out the upcoming lineups below.

August 30
Benji B / Deviation, BBC Radio 1 / London, England
Dām-Funk (live) / Stones Throw Records / Pasadena, CA, USA
DJ Marfox / Príncipe, Lit City Trax / Lisbon, Portugal
Tessela / R&S Records / London, England
Dutch E Germ / UNO NYC / New York, NY, USA
Avalon Emerson / Icee Hot, Spring Theory Records / Berlin, Germany

September 6
Special Guests to be announced
Evian Christ (DJ set) / Tri Angle Records / Ellesmere Port, England
Lone (live) / R&S Records / UK
Sophie / MSMSMSM / London, England
Forest Swords (live) / Tri Angle Records / Liverpool, England


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