Last Friday, the lucky audience who attended the Girls & Boys event at Webster Hall got to witness a historic event- Alison Wonderland’s first show in NYC. The Aussie queen of future beats has greatly increased her popularity over the last year largely due to the surprise success of her debut album, “Run,” which flew to 3rd on the electronic music charts in the US following its release about month ago.
After a stellar trap and hip hop-heavy opening from STWO, Alison kicked things off with the titular song of her album, which was definitely a crowd pleaser. Her set featured many of her original tracks and they all had great responses from the crowd. “Cold,” on which she collaborated with Lido, really got the crowd moving.
Alison is both a great DJ and a great performer. She was clearly thrilled to be there and was at times clearly overwhelmed with gratitude. She did a great job hyping up the crowd which was clearly filled with fans who had been waiting a long time for her to visit NYC. On the bittersweet love song “Already Gone,” another collab with Lido, Alison took her bottle of grey goose and laid down onstage while singing to everyones delight.
I was especially happy to hear “Naked,” her heavier, trap influenced collab with Australian duo Slumberjack. This track was tailor made for live shows and really lit the place up.
She picked some great tracks from other DJ’s as well, complimenting the energy of her originals. Favorites included RL Grime and AW collaborator Djemba Djemba’s “Valhalla,” Flume’s Remix of Lorde’s “Tennis Court,” What So Not’s recent single, “Gemini,” and, of course, Djemba’s remix of “Fall Over” by BANKS. Despite being a couple years old, I still hear that remix played in every great trap set as it’s one that casual listeners aren’t aware of, but consistently delivers a harder drop than any other track in the set.
I was waiting all night to hear “I Want U,” arguably the most intense track from “Run,” and I think Alison knew I wasn’t the only one. It was a great track to close on, as its one of the best examples of Alison Wonderland’s energetic, uncompromising style. No other female producer is making such innovative, exciting tracks and singing on each of them as well. All hail Alison Wonderland.