Last Saturday night I finally saw a DJ Adilson spin gig, at RISE Club of course. Adilson may well be Boston's most popular DJ, as he holds a residency at Avalon, by far our city's largest house music venue. His fans showed up in force at RISE, packing the floor. Adilson plays a hard, almost electro-house brand of trance, and though he plays more "hits" than I prefer to hear from an important DJ, he plays them very imaginatively. I had thought that there was little in Trentemoller's "Les Djinns" or Kobbe's "Slave" that would be new to my ears, but I was wrong; Adilson's mix of "Djinns" shone brighter, with a more bronze-like sound, than I have ever heard; and his boppy, teasing version of "Slave" put a toothy smile on a track that usually sounds more like a sly grin. Adilson worked his tracks with a minimum of fuss, although here and there he tweaked the music more extensively than was apparent from the smoothness of his entire set. Especially noteworthy were his overlay mixes, from rhythm to rhythm, so seamlessly dobne that even though I was standing behind him and knew when he was doing his mix, I could not tell when track A became track B. That's how it should be with an overlay but usually isn't.
-- DJ Ms. DD