The Bixel Boys have been busy lately. The LA-based duo of Ian Macpherson and Rob May has been creating their signature “underground sounds for big rooms” since January 2013. Personally I’ve been following these guys for almost a year now when they released their incredible reworks of Michael Jackson’s ‘P.Y.T.’ and Ciara’s ‘Ride.’ Since then, the Bixel Boys have released a slew of other R&B influenced remixes, and more recently have premiered two original EPs (one on Sweat It Out, and the other on Nervous Records) alongside three stunning remixes in the past month – a remix of Kayper’s ‘Out My Mind,’ Eliza Doolittle’s ‘Walking On Water,’ and The Crystal Method’s ‘Over It.’ Eliza Doolittle’s remix has been particularly well supported, and when I saw that the Bixel Boys would be hitting New York City as part of a month-long tour, I knew I had to be there to show my support.
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A brisk walk from the subway through the cobblestones of meat packing brought me to a club called Cielo. Quickly I was inside to watch the end of the opening support set courtesy of local talent Astyr. Cielo as a venue is fairly straightforward. It has one big open room with a bar at the back, raised viewing platform on the left, and a simple and unassuming DJ booth at the front. The club was decently full and would prove to make for a friendly and intimate setting.
The boys went on at 12:45 and opened strong. Within the first portion of the set, they transitioned from playing classics such as Fehrplay’s ‘Indigo,’ Julio Bashmore’s ‘Battle For Middle You,’ and a funky mashup of Gotsome’s ‘Bassline’ with the vocal of ‘Eat Sleep Rave Repeat.’ Soon after the Bixel Boys played their remix of Eliza Doolittle’s ‘Walking On Water,’ and this one played out sounds incredible.
That thumping bass hits you so hard and really is intensified by the beautiful vocals of Eliza Doolittle left intact in the remix. Unfortunately I was a little bummed to see that the crowd did not know all the lyrics, but I’m hoping this will change throughout the tour. ‘Black December‘ was next, and the crowd approached this one very well.
The rest of the set was an interesting mix of more mainstream tracks such as Krewella’s ‘Alive,’ Nicky Romero & Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano’s ‘Sound Of The Underground (SOTU),’ and Rihanna’s ‘Stay.’ They closed with an R&B heavy selection of Missy Elliott’s original ‘Work It,’ and Chocolate Puma’s bootleg of another Missy Elliott track ‘Get Ur Freak On.’
Overall, the Bixel Boys played a fantastic set, and managed to squeeze in an outrageous number of uplifting and fun tracks. They even played The Clash’s ‘Rock The Casbah’ which I have never ever heard at a club before. Their originals and remixes still have room to grow while the crowd seemed to appreciate the more mainstream material. As they continue to find their sound, I am curious to see how their live sets take form, as they still seem to be figuring out what story they want to tell.