Digitalism Got Hella Kraftwerk-ian, Brought 2007 Back at Bardot Miami, May 11
It's not often you get the chance to go back in time.
Well, technically speaking, the laws of physics might make this impossible. But that's just one more reason why the Digitalism show at Bardot was so special.
When Jens "Jence" Moelle and İsmail "Isi" Tüfekçi took the stage (because the Midtown Miami club had to build a stage just for the German duo), it was almost like we were back in 2007 all over again. For a sweet hour and a half, things were good.
The hours leading up to Digitalism's performance were pretty chill. The DJ was spinning lots of really groovy disco and the pool table was getting a work out. It took a while for the "sold out" dance floor to pack tight. But by the time the lights dimmed at about 12:30 a.m., it was like, "Good luck squeezing into the front row."
They started things off appropriately with "Miami Showdown," the dark stage flashing in blue strobe. They were hella Kraftwerkian up there, just two dudes hunched over some small equipment, rocking their bodies in perfect, almost freaky unison.
They sped up the beat as it turned into "Idealistic," the punchy single from their debut album. They kept the vibe moving up and down throughout the night, sometimes going deep and dark, while other times setting the crowd off on jumping fits.
The backdrop was the cover of their second album I Love You Dude, just a white heart on a black cloth. It's safe to say they're still running on those feel-good vibes. They led the crowd in so many claps and flashed so many heart hands, you'd think they'd never seen Digitalism live either.
In fact, it has been a while since the duo hit a stage without turntables. And this is kind of a special tour, not lined-up with the promotion of any release in particular. They were just having fun, and it showed on their faces.