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It had been a fair while since we’d last seen Super8 & Tab play. Last March in Sydney’s Metro theatre, they played an 80 minute set, squeezed in between Cosmic Gate and Ben Gold (see here) and while it was definitely the set of the night, it hadn’t been particularly memorable for me. And with the shifting of the Anjunabeats sound in recent years, away from classic melodic trance to a housier sound and beat, I wasn’t sure whether this would be a night I’d really enjoy.

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But I needn’t have worried and the best part about having relatively low expectations is the increased capacity for surprise and I truly enjoyed Friday night’s Voodoo. The club was busy, the sound is really good at Home these days and there was a great vibe as Miika Eloranta (Super 8) and Janne Mansnerus (Tab) took over the decks at 1am. It’s hard to find fault with the production at Voodoo these days and if perhaps the ice cannons don’t have the ferocity of those at Amnesia, the dance floor temperature was probably not in need of that level of cooling anyway!

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Their set started off with the up-to-date feel of today’s Anjunabeats sound, with tunes like Super 8 & Tab feat. Julie Thompson – Your Secret’s Safe and moved through the gears, playing tracks like Marcus Schössow vs Depeche Mode – Reverie vs Personal Jesus (Matt Davey Mashup), Super 8 & Tab – Black Is The New Yellow, Above & Beyond feat. Zöe Johnston – You Got To Go and Armin van Buuren feat. Ana Criado – I’ll Listen (Super 8 & Tab Remix). And in the second half of their three hour set, we got to hear classics like  Super 8 & Tab – Irufushi, Rank 1 – Airwave and Oceanlab – Satellite (mashed up with Super 8 & Tab – Awakenings).

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However, the two highlights of the night, personally, were when they dropped Above & Beyond feat. Ashley Tomberlin – Can’t Sleep (Super 8 & Tab Remix) and Markus Schulz feat. Justine Suissa – Perception (Super 8 & Tab Remix). I’m sure I wasn’t the only one on the dance floor losing myself to these amazing tunes. If there was any slight disappointment that they didn’t play Luminary – Amsterdam (Super 8 & Tab Remix), it was washed away by these two tracks. 

There have been many great nights at Voodoo this year, but this was definitely a standout for me. Hopefully it won’t be long before Super 8 & Tab return to Sydney for a club night like this.

 

 

Thanks to Luke Davids Photography for the pictures.

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