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Bottom Line: Traveling at the speed light and booming with Dance Hall beats, One Step Beyond kicked off the season with a twist of Reggae, featuring at all-star DJ line up from Mixpak Records.
Review: It is Big Bang as never seen before at the Hayden Planetarium. The Natural History Museum’s One Step Beyond is truly one of the best dance parties in New York City, inviting different DJs from various backgrounds to show off great music. This time, we were treated to a plethora of amazing Reggae DJs who played decades of material, from the timeless tunes of Bob Marley, including Everything’s Gonna Be Alright, Classic Dub Records, 90s Bashment records, and modern dancehall. The Mixpak Records booth was also present, showing off their latest wares.
It may seem like a departure from house and hiphop spinners normally at One Step, but Reggae and Dancehall have recently enjoyed a a surge in popularity due to a bigger presence in mainstream Hip-Hop and Pop records. Each DJ was able to mix many of the classic Reggae hits with some of the new pop oriented remixes with ease, and the crowd was loving every beat.
The DJs mixing all have a deep connection with dancehall as well as dance music, and have worked with various artists worldwide. Many of them represent the Mixpak collective. Wildlife! had an amazing set when we arrived and really got the party going. Dre Skull is the label owner of Mixpak, and has worked with dancehall artists such as Vybz Kartel and Popcaan. The Large also pounded the beats during the night followed by Murlo with awesome rhythms.
Bobby Konders, one of New York’s the best and legendary reggae DJ’s concluded the night with amazing classics, and even some Soca music for the Trinidadian and Bajan crowd. It was a beautiful night that the crowd won’t forget anytime soon.
For more information on upcoming dance parties, visit One Step Beyond.