R3hab >> skydropped back into the desert last night for a Republic set in Scottsdale. Like every Saturday evening at AXIS RADIUS, Steve Levine Entertainment [SLE] and Disco Donnie Presents brought in another big name in the artistry of EDM and this time old town was graced by a Dutch master in DJ R3hab.
R3hab rolled into the disco just before midnight rocking black shades and a hoodie. He started plugging in and getting set up while Scottsdale's own MCB was still on the decks and mixing in the 'Love Comes Again' from Tiesto/BT. Within a few minutes of that classic track, R3hab was ready to rock. He opened his set with his very own 'Skydrop' and immediately got the jam-packed floor vertical and tomahawking their glowies.
'Skydrop' is such a nasty track. That juicy wobble combo set the tone perfectly for how the rest of that set would go. There were lots of build-ups, then breaks for the loud crowd hollers to sound and of course the ever insane beat plummets all night long.
At several points throughout the night, there was a dude that would magically appear from behind the decks and throw 10-15 light sticks into the hands of the crowd. He was spreading them out with conviction too and somehow getting them upstairs with some tosses. The Suns Gorilla would be impressed.
R3hab remixed everything from Skrillex to Zedd to his Dutch crony Afrojack. My favorite sequence was about an hour into the set when he mixed 'Awooga' into Benassi-Nero then Swedish House Mafia plus Knife Party like whoa [listen below]. It was a super strong and crunchdafied set that was as colorful as he threw it down at Soundwave last year. I'm glad SLE and DDP got him back here and hopefully it's not too long before he's back again.