Preceding two big nights at Fabric and The Rainbow Venues, RBMA’s All Night Long format at the Love Inn was an alternative Troxler experience. It’s relatively small capacity as a venue led to a more intimate gig with the “superstar” (see: Annie Mac for Channel 4) selector, where the positive atmosphere brought by the DJ was easily communicated to everyone on the floor.
There’s no denying that Troxler knows how to keep a mix engaging for everyone involved. Mixing from 11 till 4 the flow never seemed forced, with calculated transitions connecting all areas of house music around his usual tech-house focus. Starting with balearic / disco-esque jams to set the scene, cuts such as Cultural Vibe’s ‘Ma Foom Bey’ perfectly suited the Love Inn’s paradisal vibes.
As the night continued the mix followed a steady evolution progressing into deep house from disco, using Floating Point’s ‘Nuits Sonores’ to work the crowd excitably into the main section of the night. Now in his zone Troxler took total control of the room with a strong track list for this chapter. His knowledge of how to own a crowd became clear as the music peaked and calmed naturally with the people involved, encouraging everyone to stay engaged and enjoy themselves.
Towards the end of the night, a slightly more spacious dance-floor allowed the music to shift into the techno end of the spectrum, with Florian Kupfer’s ‘Discotag’ initiating the switch. Unsurprisingly all punters embraced the change with everyone staying excited into the early hours. For a DJ so divisive and so - put plainly - massive, it was refreshing to see him play this extended set in a venue like this. The focus was on the selection.
RBMA’s night-in with Troxler proved to be a positively individual experience, thanks to Seth’s consistent mixing. With the flexibility that comes with a long set he created a mix recognisable as his own, effortlessly moving everyone through the entire night’s plethora of genre and mood. As a DJ his ability to remain in everyone’s favour whilst the music transforms keeps him in a position of power, allowing a night to remain exciting right until the lights are on. Kudos to the RBMA for placing a heavyweight like this in a scene where the material has to do the talking. Beneath the headline status, the Michigan native proved just how good he is at finding records and mixing them. It sounds simple, but it can't harm to reiterate it.
Words: Lawrence Bull