A monthly feature in which we move out of the live space and into the club, handpicking a handful of parties and releases worth your attention.
Saturday 3rd August, Five Miles
Amy Alsop / Arno Lemons / Brian Summers & DJ Karl Karlson / DJ Friendly / Fade to Zaire / Haiju / Hotboyheaven / Moody Food / Nualah / Ollie Shapiro & AKA Juan / The Diggers / Special Guest (World Unknown) / + friends + special guests
After a day-to-night party celebrating their birthday, Five Miles have put together another lovely lineup rolling through from 2pm all the way to 4am for their summer party. There’ll be a BBQ on the go, and lots of friends and family coming through to play, including a special guest courtesy of World Unknown. Expect extra surprise appearances on the day too. After their jubilant set closing out Kala, we’re looking forward to catching the buoyant vibes of Ollie Shapiro and AKA Juan.
Friday 9th August, XOYO
The Basement: Calibre / Ben UFO / Joy Orbison
Calibre’s Dub Lab (powered by RC1): Kahn (all night)
Calibre’s XOYO residency has been awash with strong and interesting billings, but perhaps the one we’ve been looking forward to the most is the 9th August show with the appearance of two of our absolute faves behind the decks; our heroes, Ben UFO and Joy O. The pair will join Calibre in the basement, with Kahn controlling proceedings all night long on the ground floor.
Saturday 10th August, Southbank Centre
James Murphy / 2ManyDJs
If you haven’t experienced Despacio before then I implore you to check out one of two nights at Southbank Centre’s Clore Ballroom as part of Nile Rodger’s Meltdown curation. A bespoke sound system designed by LCD Soundsystem front man and audiophile James Murphy and Belgian brothers David Dewaele and Stephen Dewaele AKA 2ManyDJs. Combining their incredible record collections (nothing over 120bpm for this one, thank you) with a splash of 70s New York hedonism and a McIntosh sound system comprised of eight speaker stacks set around a circular dance floor, Despacio is a sublime musical experience. A serious do not miss.
Saturday 24th August, Studio 338
Surgeon / Shed / Space Dimension Controller / Actress / Renaat Vandepapeliere / Machine Woman / Ada Kaleh / Lakker / Illum Sphere / Andy Whittaker / Plus Special Guest
The mighty R&S Records present In Order to Dance, a new concept series for Studio 338, a venue that have surprised and impressed recently with an influx of fresh and exciting bookings for the space. With 16 hours of programming carefully curated across three rooms, R&S welcome some of their very best to take the helm on the Greenwich peninsula. Don’t miss Machine Woman, Space Dimension Controller or Manchester’s Illum Sphere.
Friday 30th August, The Yard
Special Guest (Sneaker Social Club) / Unknown Artists
A party that’s fairly new to the block (having recently celebrated their first birthday), Unknown Artists have spiked our interest with their laidback and dance floor-focused policy. Tickets are cheap, the vibe is intimate and the lineup is kept under wraps until the night, with former parties having features the likes of all my thoughts affiliate Tom VR and Salary Boy. For this fifth edition, the residents will play alongside a guest from one of my favourite labels, the Berlin based Sneaker Social Club.
Laurent Garnier & Chambray – Feelin’ Good (Rekids)
The king returns and it’s a glorious piano banger! Definitely feelin’ good.
G. Markus – Inta
A vibrant throwback garage tune courtesy of G. Markus AKA Ben Gomori.
Octo Octa – Spin Girl, Let’s Activate! (T4T LUV NRG)
The first we’ve heard from Octo Octa’s next LP on her label with partner Eris Drew, ‘Spin Girl, Let’s Activate!’ is a big dose of everything we love about Maya.
Transparent Sound – No Call From New York (Transparent Sound)
A wicked electro cut that’s been popping up in recent Helena Hauff sets.
Lone – Abraxas (Ancient Astronauts)
Lone always brings the goods, and this, the punchy title track from his new EP, is no different.
Mix of the Month
Mixmag Cover Mix: Octo Octa’s ‘I Wanna Tell You A Little Story About House’
Mixmag’s latest cover story with Octo Octa is a must-read, with a stunning set of images too. And the accompanying mix is an absolute stormer, so good that I’ve featured her twice in this month’s guide without a moment’s hesitation. Prepare for an hour of very, very feel good house.
On the mix, Octo Octa said: “House music for me is a genre that I can easily set intention with: cast spells that I need to perform. I have messages I want to convey, not only to others but also to myself. Every day is a mixture of love, success, confrontation, sadness, and hope; hope for what I need, and what I think others need. This vinyl mix starts with doubles of the intro to Todd Terry presents The Raid’s ‘Jump Up In The Air’. It’s a quick conversation that sounds like one woman yelling over to her friend who’s in the other room getting ready to go out. ‘House music?’ ‘Yeah! You know house!’ So what’s your house sound like? Where did the sounds come from? And how do they move you?”