Trance again took center stage at Toika on Saturday February 1st as young Argentinian Thomas Heredia took his place among Toika’s alumni. For those who braved the still turgid January temperatures and near flooded roads, fan favourite Flux gave an always-inspiring opening set. Huge credit to those brave enough to venture out in such miserable conditions. I am sure Mr. Heredia is not used to such weather conditions.
The occurrence of Brrrrr Winter Music Festival, earlier in the afternoon and evening, not to mention the various after parties at the same time, meant that attendance suffered a little bit for this event. There was more room to dance for the people who did make it out and Flux once again did not disappoint.
Starting the night off groovy with some Robin Schulz waves and continuing the groovy vibes with a melodic Mark Knight remix of “Thinking.” Robin Schulz’s “Fixation” and some Jay Lumen also found their way onto our ears and kept us bopping. Soon enough, Flux got into some heavier, faster productions, transitioning seamlessly into a higher energy atmosphere to set the stage for Tomas Heredia. Ferry Corsten’s “Diss” and fan favourite “Love Comes Again” Blasterjaxx remix were some highlights of the last hour of Flux’s set.
Jay Lumens – Play Cool The Old School:
Tomas Heredia took to the decks a little bit late, no doubt due to the inclement weather, but this only meant a little extra Flux. The first part of Thomas set was progressive trance, very heavy growling and hard. The crowd lapped it up and I must admit, I could not help be sucked in as the raw power as songs like “Apache” by Fisherman & Hawkins ripped through Toika.
In the middle of the set, around 2:30 came one of the best moments of the night as Tomas dropped one of the best trance songs of all time. I have to say hearing “An Angel’s Love” on Toika’s improved sound system is a pretty feelzy experience. This was the third Andrew Rayel remix that appeared in the set, Dark Warrior and Clarity did damage early on.
An Angel’s Love remix by Andrew Rayel:
The nigh was filled with very enjoyable, high energy set, but a bit safe with song choice perhaps, à la Clarity. The three hours passed quickly but had a fair share of epic moments and euphoric melodic moments capped off with powerful driving basslines. Heredia finished off the night in style with his amazing remix of Dash Berlin and Chris Madin’s “Fool for Life.” A set like this deserves better attendance, but the weather is mostly to blame. Once the seasons change, the venue will host amazing books and the venue will be more populated. To the ones who made it out, 3 hours of trance goodness is not a bad reward at all.
Rory Harrison – EDM TOR