Trance from Heaven:
And here I went again, booking the 9 pm flight from Frankfurt to Berlin to make sure I get there early. Well, Lufthansa didn't think so and cancelled that flight. But not with me. I had checked the flight status online and found out about the cancellation so I got myself on the 8:30 flight. That actually suited me well as it allowed me to grab a bite in Berlin before I went to Casino. Got there early as planned, spot on at 11 pm to meet the usual line. Doors opened a couple of minutes later and going through the side entrance I am pretty much the first person in the club, even got coat check tag #001!
Of course, Paul was already on, starting it slowly with some extremely agreeable mellow tunes. As always, as the place filled up the intensity of the music rose. At midnight Casino was packed and at 12:30 I could no longer just listen - off to the dance floor to not leave it before Paul stopped for his guest DJ. This opening set of 3 hours was easily the best I've heard from him at his Vandit nights (it's been 5 in a row now since last October)! He didn't seem to hold back to set the stage for his guest and it was a driving, extremely danceable (in fact, irresistibly so) set with this all engulfing bassline. Never before had he managed to get me to that totally music induced high during the opening set. After about 30 minutes of dancing I entered the first stage of that higher state when he dropped one of my personal favorites, the Nalin & Kane remix of Lustral's Everytime. And he was able to keep me in that state until he gave way to guest Terry Lee Brown Jr. at just after 2 am. Terry is a pretty well known DJ in Germany, actually German himself despite the name which is a stage name. He does mostly house and tech-house and he delivered a fine set of that and included some breaks, too. Well, I took that time to chill and brace myself for the incredible 5 hours of PvD that I had yet to experience. But before that came, unusually, another guest in the shape of Second Sun, two guys from LA playing live. They played for half an hour a very fast, hard set that got me back dancing. Finally, at about 4:30 am Paul took to the decks again. What a heavenly treat ensued! A set hard at most times but interspersed with some more trancey PvDiesque sections one of which was almost a "Paul plays Paul" experience, including Avenue, Another Way and an older piece which I believe was Forbidden Fruit - awesome! I love it when he blends in some really old stuff.
By the same token, I was awestruck when he dropped this amazing remix of good old Energy 52's Cafe del Mar. Not to give the wrong impression, the set was by far not a thing of the past, to the contrary, it was mostly new stuff I had not heard before so no trainspotting there (which is Raven's domain anyway). He kept me on the dance floor and high all the way and I loved every single second of pure bliss. But not enough, he concludes his set at 9:15 am with Maurice - Feline and hurls me straight to nirvana, my head almost exploding. I blew him a kiss for that. Of course, that was not the real end and the encore lasted another half hour. It didn't match the intensity of the previous hours easing us out of the party. Still the crowd wanted more, so he gives another encore, jacket already on, that got everybody to the last high of the night with Chicane's Autumn Tactics. That he used to escape, sneaking out the door while the music was still playing.
Well, this was again more than worth it, even much better than the previous two Vandit nights. It was truly music from the heavens.
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