EDM enthusiast will be treated to the first appearance by Swenden’s DJ phenom, songwriter and producer, Adrian Lux, who will perform his stylized, seductive house grooves at Portland’s Whiskey Bar June 14.
Those who have tracked this former model’s rocketing DJ career over the last five years probably made the trek to Seattle, where he’s visited three times in the last year. The stop at the Whiskey Bar is part of Lux’s 11-date Make Out West Tour of North America and marking the release of his Make Out EP that dropped June 3 on Ultra Music.
Back in March, BBC Radio 1 DJ extraordinaire, Pete Tong, premiered the first single from Make Out, Sooner or Later, featuring Kaelyn Behr. As a long time admirer of Lux’s music, Tong was at the forefront when breaking previous Lux’s tracks to his listening audience by playing Leave The World Behind, Teenage Crime, and Fire, in 2009, 2010, and 2012, respectivefully.
With all the genre variations of EDM’s sound and artists, Lux has made a stylistic impression from the beginning. From his Grammy-nominated hit Teenage Crime in 2010, when he paired up with fellow Swede, Lune, to a swelling tide of fans that has emerged in clubs and festivals worldwide. Then it was no surprise when Pandora landed the DJ to play their 2014 Grammy Awards After-Party at L.A.’s Create Nightclub.
From his new six-track EP, the evidence is obvious to hear – Adrian Lux is on a mission. Whether it’s the seduction of the high-fashion glamour of the modeling world or creative culture of his homeland, his tracks have a polished groove attired in otherworldly chic. His music radiates the lush and luxurious, the seductive and sensual, the breathless and the breath taking.
On the opening song of Make Out, Lux partner’s again with Swedish chanteuse, Lune. Her velvet vocals belie the badass sentiments of Rain, giving ample warning to the unsuspecting. Smoke and Mirrors bounces with dancing keyboards that glide over a pulsating beat and glitched synths before fellow Swedes, Last Lynx, swoop in and soar off the edge of the world. Kaelyn Behr vocals on Sooner of Later float on the wings of romantic optimism, and will surely pack dance floors with its runway pulsing groove, synonymous with Lux’s sleek house sounds. But the runway doesn’t stop there. It shines on Lauren Conrad, replete with a driving, hypnotic synth work and a dream-within-a-dream-devil-may-care refrain of “Our eyes were open”. Wild Child, is a dual homeland collaboration with DJ Marcus Schossow and pop songstress, jj, and marches in with throbbing bass beat. As the intro beat fades into a strumming rhythm guitar, it glows into edgy New Age demeanor before bouncing backing to the original driving intro. The EP concludes with surging techno charge of Damaged. Stamped with Lux’s calling card aesthetics --- driven dance beats, melodic, tasteful guitar fills, sultry vocals, and sealed with searing production --- it delivers a luxurious set tracks that are as intense as they are alluring.
With an eye for the stylish, and ear for melodic, Adrian Lux crafts a seductively urbane blend of house music. Combined with dance-driven grooves and sharply nuanced with entrancing energy, Lux creates hypnotic sensibilities that levitate his music. His infectious production glides effortlessly, breathes deeply, and transports seamlessly to the edge of dreamy intoxication.
As the beats get stronger, his star shines brighter, and all the more reason not to miss Adrian Lux at the Whiskey Bar. It may be awhile until this house session takes on the Rose City again. Doors open at 10pm, 21 and over. Online tickets available at Wantickets.