By Erin Holdbeck, Senior Editor. Last Saturday CODA was treated to the long awaited and highly anticipated return of Lee Burridge. It isn’t easy to know what to expect at a show when it comes to an artist as established and diverse as the UK legend. The man has held residencies in some of the world’s largest nightclubs and helped develop the house music scene in regions as diverse as Thailand. Even a week later Toronto’s house music community has not stopped raving about the 4-hour set proving Lee Burridge can leave a lasting impression wherever he goes.
Burridge’s most recent project “All Day I Dream” was responsible for some of the most anticipated day parties and releases of the summer. These sets and tracks offer a more melodic sound than his massively popular Burning Man sets and recent Essential Mix. Thinking he would follow the “All Day I Dream” sound I expected a somewhat easy-going night as he took over the decks around 1a.m. While he eased the crowd in slowly it didn’t take long for him to transition into a mix of upbeat house and tech heavy tracks.
Burridge is known to mix a wide variety of genres, which is exactly what he delivered as he threw together a flawless set of ambient tracks as well as upbeat house and tech house. Much to the Toronto crowd’s delight the sound turned heavier and darker as the night progressed. The dance floor was still in full swing in the final hour as the set moved into techno territory. The All Day I Dream release “Bartender” by Seth Schwarz & Be Svendsen was met with cheers and applause and the perfect end to a flawless set.
While an undisputed master behind the decks Lee Burridge is also a professional performer and just all around nice guy. Known for his antics behind the decks he brought a level of entertainment and engagement that isn’t usually found at CODA. Giving high-fives, taking pictures with fans and sporting a wide grin throughout the entire night seemed to light up the entire dance floor. With his energizing persona and uncontested ability to find fluidity between genres it isn’t hard to understand why he has a cult following in the house music scene. His set at CODA will without a doubt be raved about for months and go down as one of the best sets Toronto has seen this year.
Listen to “Bartender” here: