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 7th December, FOLD
2 Bad Mice / Blasha & Allatt / DEBONAIR / DJ Bus Replacement Service / El-B / Elias Mazian & Luc Mast / Fabio / Gideon B2B Dan Beaumont / HMT Hard Cru / India Jordan / JAY & Sybil / Leif / LYZZA / Mala / Mantra B2B Double O / Objekt B2B Elena Colombi / PLO Man / SHERELLE / MARTHA WITH TEMPO SOUNDSYSTEM / OVERTONE: Tayls, HOLLOWAY + SIMKIN
Resident Advisor’s twenty four/seven series lands in London, and where better to host a 24 hour party than at FOLD, London’s best venue for extended dancing. With FOLD’s licence currently under scrutiny, it seems the perfect time to celebrate FOLD’s importance in the city, and the brilliant diversity of London club culture right now. The lineup is massive, the dance goes on for a full, well, 24 hours of course. The party will be spread across five spaces, and you’re welcome to come and go as you please should you need a disco nap.
Friday 13th December, XOYO
The Basement: Call Super / Overmono (DJ) / Dekmantel Soundsystem
Green Room: Mad Miran / OKO DJ / BertBert
There’s only a few weeks left of team Dekmantel’s XOYO residency, with December 13th marking one of the strongest lineups in the series. Down in the basement, the brilliant Call Super will play alongside Overmono – the duo responsible for some of the dance floor’s most popular cuts right now (‘Bromley’ with Joy O, and ‘Le Tigre’), and Dekmantel Soundsystem. Upstairs in the Green Room, Netherlands’ Mad Miran joins OKO DJ and BertBert to control proceedings amongst the leaves.
Friday 13th December, Corsica Studios
dBridge / Dr. Rubinstein / Bambounou / Marco Shuttle / FAUZIA / Ploy / Enchanted Rhythms b2b Dan Beaven / GiGi FM / Kit Seymour / Rubin / Rupes / Nic Baird
Christmas is coming early with this banging lineup from the Make Me crew. “We’re not really supposed to have favourite lineups of the year… But if we did, it would almost certainly be this one”, they admit. All three rooms of Corsica will be open for the occasion, with dBridge controlling proceedings in The Columbian. In room 2, Bambounou will close in his Make Me debut, joined by Ploy, Enchanted Rhythms and Dan Beaven going b2b, and Make Me’s own Kit Seymour (his set at Make Me’s October party was a highlight.) In room one, bright, undulating techno is the name of the game with Dr. Rubinstein, Marco Shuttle, GiGi FM, and Make Me residents Rupes and Nic Baird going b2b.
Saturday 14th December, Bloc
Courtesy / 박혜진 park hye jin / Kasper Marott / Armând
Origins are back with another brilliant lineup, having consistently delivered strong programming throughout the year. This time around, they take the party to Bloc for the first time. Hot off the back of a thrilling Essential Mix, the Queen Courtesy will headline, joined by South Korea’s rising star Park Hye Jin, Courtesy’s label mate Kasper Marott and Origin’s resident Armând. A handful of our favourite DJs in one of our favourite London spaces; RSVP yes.
Saturday 21st December, Printworks
Press Halls: Robert Hood / Marcel Dettmann b2b DJ Stingray / Dave Clarke / Vitalic (live) / DJ Bone / Alienata
Dark Room: Levon Vincent / Shed presents EQD (live) / Laurel Halo / Skee Mask / Afrodeutsche
Ho ho ho! Robert! Hood! The only festivity we need, The Hydra presents a slamming bill at Printworks on the Saturday before Christmas. Expect the best of techno and electro in Press Halls as Hood is joined by the likes of Vitalic and Alienata. It’ll be a fight to choose between rooms all day, as Dark Room will play host to some of dance music’s most in-demand selectors; the likes of Skee Mask, Laurel Halo, and the brilliant Afrodeutsche.
Text Chunk & Hood Joplin – Keepflowin’ (MOVELTRAXX)
The Canadian duo present the first banging cut from their new album on MOVELTRAXX.
Anastasia Kristensen – AK OK (Houndstooth)
Anastasia Kristensen continues to bring brightness and fun to techno.
Joy Overmono – Bromley (XL Recordings)
Joy O and Overmono deliver the year’s more irresistible vocal riff.
Leon Vynehall – I, Cavallo (Ninja Tune)
Leon Vynehall returns with the wickedly moody ‘I, Cavallo’.
Sharda – Ravecity Rivertfront (Local Action)
The lead single from Sharda’s thrilling new EP Champagne Circuits, his first on Local Action.
Mix of the Month
Mixmag In Session: Darwin
The former Griessmuehle resident and 2020 resident for The Pickle Factory steps up for Mixmag’s In Session series. Demonstrating the breadth of her DJ sets, Darwin’s In Session spans murky bass for the darkest dance floors, garage, jungle, breaks and footwork, with some Missy Elliot thrown in for good measure. Keeping the energy high with driving basslines, here Darwin has perfected the fine balance between dark, heads down heaters and brighter, more punchy cuts.