After a January hiatus, we return with our 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 February, Phonox
Shanti Celeste likes to mix fast music that feels happy; she wants for euphoric dance floor moments and plays out a high energy palette of house, techno and garage. But Tangerine, her 2019 debut album released on her label Peach Discs, proved that there is more to Shanti than tunes that are fast and happy. After the record dropped in November, what better time for Shanti Celeste to be invited to play all night long at Phonox, her debut at the Brixton club, six hours to showcase the breadth of her taste and influence.
Saturday 8th to Sunday 9th February, The Cause
Main Room: George Fitzgerald (DJ set), Fred P aka Black Jazz Consortium, Hammer, nd_baumecker, FunkinEven aka Steven Julien, Man Power, XXX, Muallem (Blitz Club), Molinaro, Mr. Redley, Keane, Marc Jarvin
Grow: XXX b2b XXX, Leon Vynehall b2b DEBONAIR, Budino (Cocktail D’Amore), Kyle Monologue, Fiscal Cliff
Garage: XXX, XXX, XXX, Machine Woman (live), Aquarian, GiGi FM, Blue Veil, George C (Young Turks), Das Booty
Barbers: XXX, Subb-an, Robert James, Jos (EYA Records), Connor Male, Alien Communications, N-Gynn
Arts Exchange: Silverlining, Le Louche, Mehlor, Copes, Marbles, Wink
Rum Bar: Krywald & Farrer, RAW SILK, Grainger, Mr Shiver, RUTH, Khan, Tim Hinson, Tilt DJs
An absolutely mammoth lineup raising money for a very important cause; The Cause, Percolate and Bizarro have all teamed up to raise money in aid of the Australian fires. All donations will go to Fire Relief Fund for First Nations Communities and WIRES Wildlife Rescue Organisation. The party will take place across six dance floors, with some special guests still to be announced. There are a whopping fifty artists coming together to play the fundraiser, some of our highlights include RAW SILK, Machine Woman, Aquarian, FunkinEven and a b2b from Leon Vynehall and DEBONAIR.
Saturday 22nd to Sunday 23rd February, FOLD
Andrea (live), Galaxian (live), Gareth Wild, James Newmarch, Nakamoto, Sioni HiFi Soundsystem, Skee Mask, Stenny, Stratton, Tasha, Walton, Zenker Brothers
After a blistering 2019, Ilian Tape return to FOLD for another marathon 24 hour takeover taking you from 9pm on Saturday evening right through to 9pm on Sunday. Ilian Tape founders and affiliates will be joined by FOLD residents for a night, and day, of high intensity, forward thinking club music. If Skee Mask and Zenker Brother’s UFO II show at last year’s Dekmantel is anything to go by, we’re hoping for some late morning b2b2bs, please.
Saturday 22nd February, Venue MOT Unit 18
Eris Drew, Rubin, Rupes, MEGANORTH
Make Me present a night at Venue MOT with the high priestess Eris Drew, who has just announced the release of her debut solo EP Fluids of Emotion. The project will be released on Valentine’s Day via Interdimensional Transmissions – also home to music from the likes of Ectomorph and Patrick Russell – and was recorded at her parent’s home in Chicago. A week after Fluids of Emotion lands, Eris is sure to deliver as she always does – a blissfully euphoric rave experience. The Queen of the Motherbeat will be supported by Make Me residents Rubin, Rupes and MEGANORTH.
Friday 28th February, Southbank Centre
Plaid, Kelly Lee Owens (DJ), Malissa (DJ)
The Concrete Lates series, Southbank Centre’s first ever club night, launched back in April 2018 and has since invited some of the finest in electronic music to soundtrack proceedings. There’s been takeovers from Discwoman and Hyperdub, a live show from Vessels, and DJ sets from the likes of Lorenzo Senni, Laurel Halo, Honey Dijon and Jane Fitz. For this edition, Southbank Centre invite some real stalwarts of IDM, the inimitable Plaid, to play alongside the brilliant Kelly Lee Owens. Concrete Lates resident Malissa of the Sisu collective completes the bill.
Local Group – Baby Talk (Human Concrete Block)
The Field Maneuvers residents deliver a sublime rave cut, custom built for the Sputnik tent.
Mutant Joe – Hokus Pokus ft. Freddie Dredd (Natural Sciences)
Mutant Joe’s tracks have been getting hammered by TNGHT – here’s why.
Doline – Ooze (Paradoxe Club)
The lead single from the excellent Vieux Nous EP, out now, ‘Ooze’ has layers of rich percussion and a killer low end.
Nick León – Dragonfly Drone (Space Tapes)
Miami’s Space Tapes deliver this gritty, driving cut courtesy of Nick León.
Flora FM – Softest Moon (Exotic Robotics)
Melodic and colourful house off the Seattle producer’s latest project on Berlin’s Exotic Robotics.
Mix of the Month
RA Live – HMT Hard Cru
Definitely the silliest thing I’ve listened to, well, maybe ever, get stuck into the HMT Hard Cru live from RA twentyfour/seven back in December at FOLD. Features ridiculous mash-ups, HMT edits and some tunes that you rightly thought you would probably never hear again. The tracklist speaks for itself, you can oggle it here. We’re hard-pressed to pick a favourite, but Jason Derulo vs Burial, Todd Surge and ‘Blue Donkday’ surely have to be up there.