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.
Friday 6th March, Village Underground
Batu / Deena Abdelwahed / Ploy / Danielle / Laksa
2020 marks the fifth anniversary of Timedance, the Bristol label run by Batu; a label that’s become such a steadfast name in club music that you’d be easily forgiven for assuming it had been far longer than five years since the first drop. After a party in their hometown that RA described as “one of the best nights I’ve ever had in Bristol”, expectations are high for the London edition. Timedance family Batu, Laksa and Ploy will be joined by fellow Bristolian Danielle, and Deena Abdelwahed, the Tunisian producer and DJ whose album Khonnar in 2018 was an astounding debut. Look out for an installation on the night by Matilda Skelton-Mace.
Friday 13th March, Phonox
Pearson Sound / re:ni
Two of the best in bass-heavy club sounds join forces for an all-nighter at Phonox – Hessle Audio’s Pearson Sound and NTS resident and re:lax co-founder re:ni. Expect a banging, moody fusion of obscure techno cuts, electro, breaks and jungle. Revisit re:ni’s excellent b2b with SPE:C label head Darwin at last year’s Dekmantel for a sneak peek ahead of the dance.
Friday 20th March, Mick’s Garage
Scratcha DVA / FAUZIA / Ehua / DJ JM / TSVI / Wallwork
Ahead of their fifth birthday, Nervous Horizon are very deservedly RA’s Label of the Month (check it out here). Hailing from Italy and now based in London, TSVI and Wallwork are the dons behind Nervous Horizon, the label putting on parties and releasing percussive club tunes from the likes of DJ Plead and Lokane, as well as an excellent compilation series – the third edition of which landed in November 2019. Label affiliate DJ JM joins the lineup for their fifth birthday party at Mick’s Garage, alongside TSVI and Wallwork, 6 Figure Gang’s FAUZIA and Radio Raheem resident Ehua. Scratcha DVA heads up the bill.
Saturday 21st March, Venue MOT Unit 18
Percolate recently hosted Eclair Fifi’s first ever London all night long show, at new venue Canvas, and now their hosting another first – the brilliant Or:la’s debut all night long set in London. The Irish producer, DJ and label head (Or:la heads up Céad and Deep Sea Frequency) will takeover Bermondsey club Venue MOT for a six hour session. Her adventurous selections and the breadth of her influence make her the perfect fit for an extended set. Don’t sleep!
Saturday 28th March, Peckham Audio
Addison Groove / CANiNE / EDÏBLE
Addison Groove is a name so familiar in club music and dance floors across the UK that it’s a comforting buzz to find him on the bill. Over the years he’s released music on labels like 50 Weapons, Swamp 81, Shogun Audio and Pinch’s Tectonic Recordings, and his sets are span bass-heavy, high-octane selections from footwork to acid. B-Side are a collective based in the south west who have been putting on parties in Falmouth for coming up to two years now. B-Side will takeover the intimate Peckham Audio basement, with CANiNE and EDÏBLE completing the programme.
Kelly Lee Owens – Melt! (Smalltown Supersound)
Kelly Lee Owens is back, and the first single is a total earworm.
Eris Drew – Transcendental Access Point (Interdimensional Transmissions)
Eris Drew’s debut solo EP is breathtaking, and ‘Transcendental Access Point’ is a truly, well, transcendental highlight.
Chippy Nonstop & dj genderfluid – Straight To Hell (Wet Trax)
Chippy Nonstop is back on top, she’s back making music of her own – and it slaps.
Jossy Mitsu – Whirl (Astral Black)
A production debut from the brilliant Jossy Mitsu – this one’s got the nod from HRH Ben UFO.
Hyroglifics x Sinistarr – BS6 (Hooversound)
The debut release from NAINA and SHERELLE’s new label Hooversound is worth literally all the hype.
Mix of the Month
Dekmantel Podcast 269 – Mor Elian
Every Dekmantel podcast is a treat, and they are on an especially great run right now, but Mor Elian’s is particularly special. The Fever AM head honcho increases the energy across 90 minutes with a deft subtlety, a masterful mix that spans murky percussion, trippy techno, some brighter synth and blistering electro cuts. Par excellence.