In a new monthly feature we move out of the live space and into the club as we handpick five parties and five releases worth your attention.
Saturday 1st April 2017, Corsica Studios
Pearson Sound / Call Super / Will Bankhead / Beatrice Dillon / Mix Mup / Ondo Fudd
A handful of the UK’s best labels collide as Make Me call on Hessle Audio co-founder Pearson Sound and Houndstooth’s Call Super to run proceedings in Room 1. Both artists at the top of their game and forging their own path, expect an energetic masterclass in forward thinking techno. The Trilogy Tapes take things deeper in Room 2, where head honcho Will Bankhead will showcase the breadth of the label, joined by Beatrice Dillon, Mix Mup and Call Super in his more downtempo alias: Ondo Fudd.
Thursday 13th April 2017, fabric (19+)
James Ruskin / Underground Resistance presents Depth Charge Live (Mad Mike & Mark Flash) / Octave One (Live) / Convextion (Live) / Tessela / Truncate / Samuel Kerridge / B12 (Live)
Seldom do fabric allow anyone but their in-house team to curate what goes on within those hallowed walls, but with a line up like this it’s no surprise they’ve given The Hydra the reins for the night. Blueprint Records celebrate two decades at the forefront of British techno joined at the helm by Detroit legends Underground Resistance.
Friday 21st April 2017, Rye Wax
Beneath & Guests
New UK music in the dark is the score. No Symbols is the brainchild of experimental PAN affiliate Beneath, who has also released music on Keysound and Tectonic. A melting pot of bass heavy home grown sounds awaits.
Thursday 27th April 2017, Phonox
Bok Bok / Total Freedom / Girl Unit / Semma (Live)
Night Slugs and Fade to Mind last joined forces in London back in October at Village Underground. It was a party of stunning proportions. They’re back at Phonox this month to celebrate the release of Kingdom’s LP ‘Tears in the Club’. He’s joined by Bok Bok, Total Freedom, Girl Unit and Semma (Live). If I tell you that Manara mixed ‘Born Slippy’ into Jeremih’s ‘Planez’ at the last one then that should be all the encouragement you need to buy a ticket.
Friday 28th April 2017, The Yard
Avalon Emerson / Courtesy / Tasker
Whities invite Avalon Emerson to headline the next party following their release of ‘The Frontier’, one of my favourite releases of 2016. The new Panorama Bar resident flirts with experimental pop and atmospheric techno adding a touching personal twist to all her own productions. Ectotherm label head Courtesy supports alongside Whitie’s frontman Tasker.
‘Stalker Ha’ (DJ J Heat remix) – Kingdom (Night Slugs, March 2017)
LA based Jersey Club aficionado DJ J Heat surprises us with his debut release on Night Slugs, the four track Jersey Transit Systems. Included is his remix of Kingdom’s ‘Stalker Ha’. Showcasing the sound of his native New Jersey, this bootleg has been doing the rounds for a while; finding an official home in Night Slugs feels fitting.
‘Crush Mood’ – Lone (R&S, March 2017)
A producer who has dabbled – successfully so – across the spectrum of rave music, Lone is no stranger when it comes to creating for the dancefloor. In ‘Crush Mood’ he turns his hand to straight up house. Blending swirling synths, cut up vocal loops and rolling hi-hats, this is 4/4 at its best.
‘To Say’ – Jacques Greene (Lucky Me, March 2017)
It would be sacrilege to curate a list of notable March releases without mentioning Jacques Greene’s long awaited and stunning debut LP Feel Infinite. ‘To Say’ is one of many standouts from the release, a warm and euphoric rolling house track that swells with a catchy r&b flavoured vocal.
‘Theme from Q’ – Objekt (Self released, March 2017)
TJ Hertz shows his absolute finesse in sound design in his first release as Objekt since 2014. ‘Theme from Q’ plays homage to Basement Q, a club in Berlin which closed in 2012. Strange and dissonant ambient chords float amidst a cocktail of breakbeat, UK funky influenced synths and vocal samples and a sub bass that echoes throughout the latter parts of the track.
‘Perfect Attack’ – False Witness (GHE20G0TH1K, March 2017)
Another debut label release in the form of #KUNQ founder False Witness for GHE20G0TH1K. A long-time collaborator with the New York institution headed up by Venus X, it seems right that Marco Gomez aka False Witness releases his third EP with the label. ‘Perfect Attack’ is just that; an assault on your senses. Exhilarating and breathtaking – literally. Sirens, hardstyle synths, rolling drum beats, this is unforgiving, chaotic, brilliant club music.