Arriving late Thursday night to a long line outside of Lavo, hand picking attendees to join in on the festivities. Making my way inside to the dance floor was a feat in itself, as the club was packed to the rims with the hottest hipsters New York City has to offer. One more trendier than the next, I slithered through the already toasty crowd, all donning a mixed drink in hand. All dressed to impress, party goers were dancing so wild there was barely an inch to move anywhere in the club.
Almost as if it were a cult following, all eyes turned to the DJ booth around 1am when the 1997 DMC World DJ Championship winner, A-Trak opened his set. Never disappointing, the turn-table genius gave the crowd an energetic and diverse tracklist that kept Lavo's walls pulsating until the wee hours of Friday morning. Playing remixes of songs by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Kid Cudi, along with a nod to mega DJ Avicii playing his 2011 club anthem Levels layering vocals by hip hop artists Rick Ross and Lil' Wayne kept the crowd guessing all night long. It didn't matter which track A-Trak decided to throw into the mix, the crowd jumped and sang along to every one.
“Levels,” released in May, was perhaps the most anticipated track of the year and the most epic house anthem to date. Recently, another version was released with a little hip-hop flare. Flo-Rida, the king of releasing banger after banger throughout all the clubs in the world, threw down a verse on the song. Here is yet another artist exploding Avicii into every facet of music style. For some, this remix could be a little disheartening to hardcore Avicii fans who would hate to see the mega-mixer fall to the hands of mainstream artists. The song is fire no matter what, mostly because it originated from the techno-master himself.