[Recap] RL Grime & Salva At Grand Central Valentine’s Night
Valentine’s Day is usually topped off with a nice dinner with that special someone. Great food, desert, wine. The works. But that definitely wasn’t how it played out for about a thousand people at Grand Central that night.
RL Grime and Salva’s 2014 North American Tour made it’s Miami stop last Friday, and it was a sweaty ordeal.
DJ ES.P of Dude Skywalker was warming up the crowd smoothly when we arrived at midnight. Jumping from the funkiness of The Martin Brothers’ remix of “Make that Booty Clap” to Gesaffelstein’s “Variations” within ten minutes, and the crowd was loving it. After he finished off his set with Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaur’s remix of “F For You,” Salva took to the stage.
Once he got on, the bass was set to overdrive and the beats were broken like no other.
Booties were bouncing and fists were pumping as Salva dropped DJ Snake and Lil Jon’s “Turn Down For What,” Billy The Gent and Long Jawns’ “Vibrate” (an excellent throwback from the days of Moombahton) and a very sexy twerk flip of the Yin Yang Twin’s “The Whisper Song.” But things didn’t stay smooth and half-tempo for long, as Salva quickly upped it up with DJ Sega’s “Hell fuck YeaH” (my personal favorite track of the night) and Dog Blood’s remix of “Wild For The Night.”
As time progressed, more and more people (even some ladies) were taking off their tops, drenched in sweat. Walking out to the back patio for some air, though, we found one attendee that didn’t want to take off his attire no matter how hot it was.
We came back in as Salva finished and RL Grime got on.
His song selection definitely ranged from melodic to crazy, dropping plenty of his originals and remixes including “Because Of U,” “Trap On Acid,” “Pockets,” and his “Favelas” mashup. DJ Snake got more love that night when RL played “Get Low.”
At this point the venue was literally shaking. I was standing towards the back and, once a huge track dropped, all the water that had condensed on an AC unit hanging from the ceiling suddenly fell onto a group of people like a mini waterfall.
RL kept things interesting though, always having people guessing what he’d play next by always alternating the styles he played. At one point, he was about to drop Kid Kamillion’s Trap edit of “Heads Will Roll,” only to slam it into Diplo and GTA’s “Boy Oh Boy”. Another time, and one of the highlights of his set, he was playing Major Lazer’s “Watch Out For This,” and then slammed Gesafelstein’s “Pursuit,” something absolutely no one would have seen coming.
Once he finished his set, RL thanked the fans and abruptly walked off stage, leaving behind a cheering crowd that wasn’t prepared for what was about to happen. After a few moments RL walked back up on stage, got on the mic and introduced GTA’s JWLS for a special encore that turned into RL Grime b2b GTA b2b Salva.
The next hour was nuts. It definitely didn’t seem like that party was over, or that the attendees were done, or that it was already 3 in the morning. Hell, if anyone walked in at that point they would assume it was, as RL put it, “just getting started.”
This whole encore seemed like a throwback hip hop party, as the three threw down gems including 50 Cent’s “Disco Inferno,” Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do it,” Three 6 Mafia’s “Stay Fly,” and T.I’s “Bring Em Out.”
We’re pretty sure everyone felt like they were in their first middle/high school dance party all over again.
In the end though, the crowd started to gradually dissipate and RL Grime finished the encore by thanking JWLS, Salva and Miami for the hell of a night, and time machine of an encore, they just had.