A monthly feature in which we move out of the live space and into the club, handpicking five parties and five releases worth your attention.
Friday 9th June 2017, The Waiting Room
The brains behind Meine Nacht – a Liverpool club night heralded by Mixmag as one of the best in the UK – Or:la’s aim is to make, play and promote music without categorisation. This ethos is reflected in the size of her record collection and her vast and widely spread knowledge of genres and styles. Expect a technicolour musical journey as Scuba’s Hotflush Recordings presents Or:la’s first ever London all-nighter in intimate Stoke Newington space The Waiting Room.
Saturday 10th June 2017, Hoxton Basement
Greg Beato / Funkineven / Ronnie Just
A follow up to their Soho romp earlier this year, Apron and Levels takeover the Hoxton Basement. Apron head honcho and Eglo records mainstay Steven Julien aka Funkineven headlines proceedings with support from Miami’s L.I.E.S affiliate Greg Beato and Ronnie Just. Funkineven’s 2016 LP Fallen showcased the breadth of his love of electronic music and you can expect the same from his extended DJ sets; jazz to electro, house to hip hop, pop to acid.
Friday 16th June 2017, Village Underground
Honey Dijon / Matrixxman / Tijana T
Village Underground’s in house night Superstition is a monthly party showcasing the best in forward thinking house and techno. This month they invite Chicago powerhouse Miss Honey Dijon to headline proceedings. Renowned for her infectious energy, seamless mixing and versatile selection behind the decks, expect a spellbinding performance inspired by the sounds of Chicago and New York. Matrixxman stars too; his industrial techno with soul has a thumbs up from the king Jeff Mills. Serbian DJ, singer and journalist Tijana T also supports.
Saturday 17th June 2017, The Pickle Factory
Randomer / Kamikaze Space Programme / Metrist / Tasha
Community focused party starters and now label Neighbourhood used to call Plastic People their home, so a move to Oval Space’s baby sibling The Pickle Factory seems fitting. You’ll find headliner Randomer in my list of best tunes of the month too (below), a testament to his greatness. He’s joined by Kamikaze Space Programme – the more experimental alias of dnb producer Raiden – Brighton’s Metrist and Neighbourhood founder Tasha.
Friday 30th June 2017, Corsica Studios
Session Victim (Live) / Wax’o Paradiso / (Edd Fisher, Andy Hart, Simon TK) / Lakuti / Esa / Kay Suzuki / Bradley Zero / Anu / Z Lovecraft / Aaron L
It’s a family affair as Stamp the Wax and Peckham label Rhythm Section takeover Corsica Studios and neighbouring space The Colombian. German house duo Session Victim step up to headline in their first ever London live show. Rhythm Section host Room 1 and Australian party starters Wax’o Paradiso are in charge in Room 2. Stamp the Wax present an Infusions party in Room 3 aka The Colombian where they will showcase two South African talents: Lakuti and Esa.
‘Mister Bongo’ – Hank Youngman (Centre Source Records, May 2017)
As the title may suggest, bongos are the name of the game here. Adelaide’s Hank Youngman’s debut release is out now on Australian imprint Centre Source. ‘Mister Bongo’ is a beautifully summery, driving house offering, part of his Wabi-Sabi EP inspired by Japan.
‘Body Count’ – DJ Haram (May 2017)
Discwoman’s DJ Haram puts out the second single from her debut EP, due later this year. The rhythm is driven by percussion elements inspired by her Middle Eastern heritage; clashing with reverberating bass drums and lighter floating synths. ‘Body Count’ draws you into a hypnotic trance whilst simultaneously feeling angular.
‘Smokin’ – Randomer (L.I.E.S, May 2017)
Opening with an apt but slightly off putting smokers’ cough, ‘Smokin’ is the lead track from Randomer’s upcoming three track EP on Ron Morelli’s L.I.E.S Records. A blistering bass heavy electro cut, ‘Smokin’ showcases Randomer’s ability to knit together esoteric club sounds.
‘Horse Follows Darkness’ (Barker & Baumecker Remix) – Delia Gonzalez (DFA, May 2017)
Experimental Cuban-American artist and musician Delia Gonzalez released her second solo album in May, Horse Follows Darkness. Ostgut Ton’s Barker & Baumecker have transformed the album’s delicate title track into a 10 minute long cinematic techno masterpiece which builds and builds.
‘Taino’s Groove’ – Deeper Kenz (100% Silk, May 2017)
Tribal percussion, propelling drums, catchy vocal loops and a wobbling bassline, ‘Taino’s Groove’ has an insatiable, joyful groove to it. Part of Philadelphia producer Deeper Kenz’s self titled debut LP for LA label 100% Silk, the project was curated as a tool “to light up a small but intimate community of dancers and lovers”. This is my favourite find this month.