By Erin Holdbeck, Senior Editor. Since their closing set at Electric Island in 2014 became one of the most talked about performances of the year, Toronto has been anxiously awaiting the return of Tale of Us. On Saturday, the Berlin-based duo was finally scheduled to play at CODA Nightclub. Despite Matteo Milleri being absent due to illness his partner, Carmine Conte, managed to deliver a stellar solo set.
The night got off to an early start due to the first-come, first-served tickets available at the door. With a full house by 11p.m. CODA residents Nature of Music and Jamie Kidd didn’t spare any time heating up the dance floor. The room was completely electrified by the time Conte stepped into the booth.
Tale of Us are known for their heavy yet ethereal brand of tech-house, as evident on “Astral,” the duo’s popular track with Mind Against. Their Resident Advisor bio describes their sound as “music that can make people dance feeling their deepest emotions come alive.” The narrative holds true for Contes solo set on Saturday evening.
The set featured many of the duo’s own productions and remixes and various releases from their Life & Death labelmates. These included their latest release “North Star,” the Tale of Us remix of Plastikman’s “EXpand,” and “Vertere” by Mind Against and Somne. One of the most memorable moments of the night was when DJ Koze’s “Nices Wölkchen (Robag’s Bronky Frumu Rehand)” hit the speakers.
Through his blend of deep tech-house Conte manages to connect to the crowd more intimately than many DJs of the same genre. The crowd on Saturday was fully entranced by the bass and synths making it no wonder why Toronto dance music enthusiasts anxiously await a Tale of Us performance each year. We wish Matteo a speedy recovery so the duo can return to the city soon and in full force.
Listen to North Star by Tale of Us here: