A learned partygoer once imparted me some compelling words of wisdom: “Hispanic DJs simply do it best.” After joining tribal house maestros Chus & Ceballos (arguably Spain’s hottest electronic music exports) for two of their late-fall touring excursions, I realized that anecdote couldn’t bear any more truth.
The beloved duo recently concluded a massive US nightclub campaign in support of their latest Toolroom Knights compilation, hitting over nine major cities in a mere two-week span. As an avid supporter, I was more than ecstatic to witness what surprises the Stereo Productions chieftains had in store for their American audiences.
Fortunately enough (and to my utter astonishment), the tour kicked off just 10 minutes away from my hometown, at Long Island’s newest nightlife mecca, LOVE. Given the club’s inconspicuous location within a suburban shopping center, I was quite impressed with its elaborate interior layout, which featured an accommodating dancefloor, discreet VIP/bottle-service section, and a stunning LED dome ceiling. Even the crowd composure (hundreds of loyal C&C followers) contributed to the venue’s refreshing charisma, setting a warm vibe for the festivities.
All aesthetic merits aside, Chus & Ceballos’ awe-inspiring performance was the undeniable highlight of the evening. Ascending to the decks shortly after midnight, the two tech house gurus delivered an extended set filled with their label’s latest floor-killers, as well as some unreleased original material of their own. Maintaining a thorough balance between soulful vocal anthems and vigorous techno rhythms, the duo took fans on a four-hour musical voyage across their signature “Iberican” soundscape. I was especially delighted to hear a fresh mash-up of Funky Green Dog’s house classic, Fired Up, among other timeless hits.
After experiencing one of the pair’s most captivating sessions to date, I followed Chus & Ceballos to their gig in Boston the following week, where they resumed their bi-monthly residency at Bijou nightclub. Compared to LOVE’s spacious expanses, Bijou boasts a more intimate setting, as a narrow, low-ceiling lounge-club hybrid. Equipped with a booming Funktion One soundsystem in all four corners, the room’s intricate acoustics presented optimal sound quality for the special Thanksgiving eve affair.
Although Boston’s rigid nightlife restrictions limited the overall length of their set (Bijou closes promptly at 2AM), Chus & Ceballos filled their allotted two-and-a-half-hour headline slot most efficiently. Providing clubgoers with a proper immersion into their eclectic percussion and hypnotic, tech-laden medleys, the two Spaniards summoned a variety of notable tracks from their all-encompassing musical catalog. As anticipated, the playlist slightly overlapped with that of the previous week, yet that did not prevent the tribal house teammates from procuring a fresh selection and unique vibe.
Since Chus & Ceballos make frequent appearances throughout the American Northeast with a hefty seasonal touring agenda, critics can be hasty in underestimating their true savvy. To the contrary, the duo’s mind-blowing performances readily speak for themselves; Chus Esteban and Pablo Ceballos share an unprecedented chemistry behind the mixer, playing off one another’s energy with skillful dexterity.
If you haven’t had the opportunity to behold one of their spectacular DJ sets, we suggest you brush up on their upcoming tour dates right here, and don’t miss out.