This past weekend, the wonderfully talented trio RÜFÜS DU SOL played three successful nights in a row at one of NYC's biggest electronic venues, The Brooklyn Mirage. RÜFÜS DU SOL brought the SOLACE tour to Brooklyn and played their hearts out for a three night takeover to close out their summer tour. Monolink provided solid support and made it easy to ease into their set.
The show was delayed an hour due to unpredictable weather and we were told of how the technical crew came together to successfully pull the first show off on Friday evening. Doors opened at 9 PM, Monolink opened at 10 PM, and RÜFÜS did something really incredible, starting their set almost exactly at 11:20 PM, their scheduled set time.
The crowd was generally older and calmer, but the venue was crowded as Monolink closed out his set that got fans in the mood to keep dancing and ecstatic about seeing RÜFÜS live. At 11:20 PM, they took the stage and showed off their individual skills as musicians with many comments overheard about the skills of James Hunt on drums. It can be common that a vocalist does not sound as good live, but it was clearly not the case for Tyrone Lindqvist. His chilling vocals came through clearly and powerfully, echoing across the venue. Jon George's skill on keyboards shouldn't be dismissed either as he came through beautifully in several transitions and quieter moments that let him shine.
Their skills meshed together to produce the signature sound of RÜFÜS, with their powerful bass line coming in almost like waves and hitting you with reverberating pitch and vocals. Their most popular songs like "Underwater," "Treat You Better" and "No Place" got the crowd moving and singing along to all the lyrics thanks to the combination of great vocals and hard-hitting drops. There were noticeably less people on their phones recording and instead, fans simply enjoying being in the moment and appreciating the music.
Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed the music, the crowd, and the fact that there was not a single drop of rain as some previously feared. RÜFÜS and Monolink truly played their hearts out on Friday and it's safe to assume they did exactly the same on Saturday and Sunday. Their live performance was definitely not your standard DJ set, but it was a refreshing change from the consistent DJs and types of sets that usually rule The Brooklyn Mirage.
RÜFÜS DU SOL are continuing their worldwide tour throughout the year, and their Solace Remixed album is available for preorder with a digital release date of Sept. 6, with a vinyl release following on Oct. 18.