Published on August 8th, 2012 | by Ilenia Cangelosi0
Review: Coldharbour Night New York with KhoMha, Mr. Pit, and Grube & Hovsepian – 8/3/12
“It’s more than just a label. It’s a sound, a feeling and a unifying place.” When Markus Schulz set up the Coldharbour label in 2005 as a sub-label of Armada Records, he had a clear, ‘cold’ vision of what was to come of Coldharbour Recordings. Coldharbour artists each bring diversity and uncertainty to trance and dance music with their individually unique, euphoric sound styles and harmonious milieu.
Markus Schulz invites dance lovers all around to explore the depths of the Coldharbour sound with a series of Coldharbour nights having been introduced in 2012. This past Friday, August 3rd, 2012, KhoMha, Mr. Pit, and Grube & Hovsepian were on the line-up for the first Coldharbour Night New York and it was certainly a highlight for the New York trance community. I walked in around 11:30 p.m. to find Tim Grube & Mike Hovsepian dismantling the dance-floor of District 36 with their sonorous progressive trance tunes. These Coldharbour strong artists blend a style of progressive house and trance to provide an ‘east meets west’ intermix of progressive musical fury. Grube & Hovsepian dropped their new remix with Elevation of the popular Ellie Goulding track, Lights, which has been our favorite remix to date for sure. Our ears also ensnared the powerful crescendos of the new Mark Knight track, Nothing Matters featuring Skin, which set an instant burst of positive bliss through the D36 crowd.
Up next on the District 36 DJ decks was the one of Coldharbour’s newest golden key players, Colombian born Robert Alzate, better known as KhoMha. With only 18 months of professional experience under his belt, KhoMha has proved time and time again to fans that his sound is here to impact, and that it does. KhoMha came full force to the listeners at District 36 with dark, progressive symphonic melodies. Early in his set KhoMha made us groove to favorite tunes including Nadia Ali “Pressure (Alex Kenji Remix)” and Justine Suissa “Perception”. The crowd was alleviated with excitement as KhoMha went from uplifting vocals such as these to dark, dubby-bass mediums, only to lift our spirits high on a multi-level roller-coaster of progressive “CHOON’age”. As I heard the opening sound-bars to one of my all time favorite tracks EVER begin pouring through the speakers, I made my way front and center of the main-floor to feel the passion and power of the crowd around me. We all lost our marbles when KhoMha dropped the universally preferred remix to The Killers “Mr. Brightside (Marco V Treatment)”. To really spark the fire, KhoMha followed Mr. Brightside with top-of-the-chart track at the moment, “Calling”. The vibe generating through District 36 at this moment was a reminder as to why we go out weekend after weekend, spend hundreds of dollars on new Beatport tracks, and why we hover in these loud, dark nightclubs time and time again – the feeling of unity drawn from trance and dance events such as Coldharbour Night New York gives us a sense of completion, to share something so powerful with such a positive and illuminated group of individuals.
To end the night with an incensed BANG, Mr. Pit hit decks around 2 a.m. To let us know who we were in the presence of, Mr. Pit opened up his set with a very, dark, diluted, but incredible ‘ID’ remix to “In My Mind”. The crowd was loving ever Coldharbour second at District 36 this past Friday, August 3rd. Mr. Pit is such a colossal artist in the Coldharbour family having blessed us with such original tracks as “Mosni”, “It Is What It Is”, “River of Hearts” and “Fug”, and this past Friday he definitely left his mark in New York. The sounds of Mr. Pit were so driving and powerful I felt like he implanted himself into my brain (and eardrums) with incredible transitions from deep, dark dub tracks to electro-static tunes like Mr. Pit “The Room Is Not Big Enough” and Markus Schulz “65.4Hz (Mr. Pit Remix”. What really blew me away was the closing track to end Coldharbour Night New York – a collaboration track so authoritative, blending classic trance with modern supremacy. Mr. Pit chose to blow our brains closing the night with BT vs. Sasha - “Remember Magnetic North (Coldharbour 2012 Reconstruction”. Thanks to this track, Mr. Pit, KhoMha, and Grube & Hovsepian, Coldharbour Night New York will certainly be a memorable moment for East Coast dance advocates. We patiently await our next encounter with the Coldharbour crew!
Also, a BIG THANK YOU to Escala Entertainment and EDM NYC for presenting to us Coldharbour Night New York 2012! Until next time #TRANCEFAMILY!
Article by: Ilenia Cangelosi