Last time EDX was in Toronto, he quickly won us over with his deep house tracks and groovy remixes. When he played at Skybar for Labour of Love at The Guvernment Complex, it was no different.
Walking up to The Guvernment for Labour of Love was pretty overwhelming — the lines were down the block and around the corner. Getting into the club was one thing, but getting up to Skybar was a whole other mission. Holding hands like kindergarten children, my friends and I hung on for dear life as we wound back across Guv’s mainroom and up the stairs, through a red room and up to Skybar.
It was worth the trek.
Arriving just in time to see EDX grace the decks, Skybar was absolutely rammed. After just wiping off all of the sweat from the hike through mainroom, the cooler September air was a blessing as EDX dropped a magical remix of Above & Beyond’s “Blue Sky Action”. He kept things more upbeat with some deeper summer house tracks, like Panda’s remix “Tough Love’s Dreams” and his very own track, “Reckless Ador”.
Saying goodbye to the end of summer is always bittersweet. When EDX dropped “Kuaga” by Pierce Fulton, it was impossible to look out at the city sky and not feel a pang of sadness. This was not only the last time warm summer night, but also the last time dancing the night away at Skybar with the complex closing completely in 2015.
Eventually, the crowd seemed to get ten times busier and we decided to head down a set of stairs into a room that was still playing EDX’s set. Finally, we had a bit of dancing space. He played his very own, “Breathin’”.
His set let up a bit to some slower, melodic sounds while playing a really interesting remix of The Killer’s Mr. Brightside. It appeared Skybar had reached capacity, so more people joined the crowd dancing below where we were. It was the perfect music to sit and enjoy, but EDX wasn’t going to have us sitting for long.
Eventually, he dropped Pompeii by Audien and a slower remix of Zedd’s Stay the Night to get everyone up and moving. His set was coming to a close with extremely high energy, but at 2:30 AM, it was welcomed. We needed a boost of energy in order to make it through this long, last Labour of Love at The Guvernment.
EDX is absolutely always a treat for the ears and a gift for the feet with his complex DJ sets. Starting with deep house, moving through fast and slow beats, and ending on a high note was the perfect way to spend our last night on Skybar. The perfect soundtrack to wave goodbye to the sweet Toronto summer.