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Valentine’s Day at Grand Central: RL Grime + Salva

By Gabriel Sawich posted Feb 18, 2014 at 06:53 PM

See what DJ Gabe Sawich thought of RL Grime and Salva's performance at Grand Central last Friday!

Valentine's day is a time when we celebrate romance, and a sold-out crowd at Grand Central last Friday proved that nothing is more romantic than shaking it to trap bangers.Salva took the stage first, lighting up the audience with explosive drops like “Turn Down for What” and Zooly's “Alcoholics”. He kept the atmosphere  energetic but sexy, playing Disclosure's “Latch” and finishing out with the DJ Snake's remix of “You Know You Like It” by AlunaGeorge. Salva's set was fun, if a bit disappointing in his song selection, which didn't push any boundaries.

When RL Grime took over the decks, however, it seemed as if he were determined to provide no reprieve from the onslaught of excitement which he unleashed. Combining R&B vocals, futuristic trap beats and a spattering of nostalgic hiphop, RL Grime had the dancefloor working for the entirety of his performance. Giving us what seemed to be a preview of his upcoming festival sets, Grime dropped recognizable banger after banger, such as Baauer's remix of  “You and Me” and several Kayne tracks such as “Can't Tell Me Nothing” and “New Slaves”. He also delivered several fresh sounds including futuristic reworks of Migos' “Hannah Montana” and Ludacris' “Stand Up”. He kept us in that Valentine's mood with Cashmere Cat's remix of “Do You” By Miguel as well as his own original mix “Because of U”. Towards that end of his set he dropped the obligatory “Mercy” remix which started himself and Salva towards their current status as trap-tune legends. The two of them together form a dancefloor-destroying team which will maintain that status for the foreseeable future.

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