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An Unlikely Pairing of Victor Calderone and M.A.N.D.Y. at Club Space

There's something to be said for pairing things. Do it right and you can end up with peanut butter in your chocolate or Jameson in your Guinness. And then there's a bill like Empire State DJ/producer Victor Calderone and Philipp Jung of German production duo M.A.N.D.Y. on the same night, Saturday, at Club Space. They are certainly two distinct flavors, but do they really taste great together? 

Calderone is running the Club Space terrace, so it's a good idea to put on your most macho strut if approaching the dance floor. Remixer of Goldfrapp, Depeche Mode, Madonna, and many others, Calderone is known to lay down a thick tribal drum foundation, the kind that picks your feet up and turns your ass out. Yeah, it's sexual. Woven atop the unrelenting big room beat marathon are the hallmarks of itchy tech-house, obscenely vocal hard house, and swooning prog-trance. Calderone brings out the fabulous bois and their female appendages, and leaves them mascara-streaked and tweaked.

On a less bloated tip is M.A.N.D.Y., AKA Berlin-based Get Physical cofounders Patrick Bodmer and Philipp Jung. The latter will appear solo to represent the group in Space's techno loft. There's certainly an element of camp in M.A.N.D.Y.'s blend of techno electro-house. But inside the moody sounds of this machine-striated funk, you'll find those oh-so-German moments when pleasingly strident sounds burrow through spacious melodies.

So those are the options: being pounded by a circuit club pro or being stylishly fondled by a rakish Continental. Do you want more glitter or gutter? It's all different strokes for different folks.

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Tony Ware

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