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.
This month, with those two – yes two! – May bank holidays, you’ll find day parties, multi-venue extravaganzas and festival after parties all in the mix.
Saturday 5th May, Various Hackney Wick venues
Aurora, Banoffee Pies, BFTT (live), Brassica (live), Bruce, Ceri, Chaka Khan’t, Chaos In The CBD, Dark Sky, Desert Sound Colony, Donna Leake, EM:LY, Em Williams, Glowing Palms, Guilhem Monin, Harri & Domenic, High Hoops, Hot Blood, Howes, Imogen, iona (UK), Jane Fitz, Jasper James, Jaye Ward, Jess Farley, Jon K, Kay Suzuki, Keith Tenniswood (Dub Set), Kickin Pigeon, Kincaid, Kit Seymour, Kode9, Kowton, Krywald & Farrer, Lack, Làrus, Livity Sound, London Modular Alliance (live), Lone, Love Glove, Lucid Stannard, Lukas Wigflex, Martin Josef, Michelle Manetti, MogaDisco, Mucho Soul (DJ A.K.A & Ket Shah), Nic Baird, Nick The Record, O’Flynn, Partner Music, Pelski, Perfume Advert (live), Peverelist, Radioactive Man (live), Randall (Acid House Set & Blue Note Set), Randy Brunson, Raw Silk, Reckonwrong, Robin, Rubin, Ruf Dug, Rupes, Salary Boy, Saoirse, Steevio & Suzybee (Live A/V), Stefano Ritteri, Sunship, Swayward, Tayls, Tom Jay, Unai Trotti + more to be announced.
From the team behind Percolate comes the second edition of The Queen’s Yard Summer Party. Taking over twelve Hackney Wick venues including the likes of Bloc, The Yard, Mick’s Garage and Number 90, over 50 DJs, labels and promoters are coming together for a gigantic celebration of electronic music in the U.K. Amongst many highlights are Jasper James, Chaos In The CBD, Saoirse and Desert Sound Colony.
Sunday 6th May, Five Miles
Eclair Fifi, Mood II Swing, Jerome Hill, Jess Farley, Flo Dill, Bossman D, Cabasa b2b AKA NOTHING, Harry James, Henry Fry, DJ Karl Karlson, Mark Hislop, Miss Lucy, Rachael, The Grand Inquisitor
It’s kind of mad to think that Five Miles has only been around for a year. The Seven Sisters venue has quickly cemented itself as one of the best clubs in the capital, and long may it continue. They celebrate their first birthday with a day party, inviting the likes of Eclair Fifi, Mood II Swing, Rhythm Sister’s Jess Farley and NTS resident Flo Dill to take the helm. Expect a very well deserved raucous celebration.
Friday 11th May, Number 90
Back in north London again, as Number 90 invite one of the masters of house music down to play an extended set. It’s an early start and an early finish, with a curfew of 2am, so get down in good time to see one of the founding fathers of Chicago house do his thing. To tempt you even more, admission is a very reasonable £0. Love to the free party! Don’t sleep on signing up for a free ticket.
Friday 18th May, XOYO
Ben UFO, Kieran Hebden, Kara-Lis Coverdale, Bruce
If I had it my way I would go to all 13 of Ben UFO’s residency parties at XOYO. Aside from Ben is the best DJ ever in the world, his supporting line ups are stellar across the three months. This week’s is no exception, as the mighty Four Tet – billed as Kieran Hebden – joins him in the booth. Further support comes from a live performance from Canadian composer and producer Kara-Lis Coverdale. Ben UFO’s Hessle Audio label mate Bruce runs proceedings in room two.
Saturday 26th May, Oval Space
Omar-S, Kyle Hall, FunkinEven, Kwasiba Savage
Oval Space have fully mastered their in-house bookings over the last few years, and this collection of revered artists is no different. The inimitable Omar-S is joined by Wild Oats head honcho Kyle Hall and Apron bossman FunkinEven aka Steven Julien, whose recent EP Bloodline is right up there in our favourite releases of late. Wildheart founder Kwasiba Savage completes the bill.
Sunday 27th May, Ministry of Sound
Midland, Honey Dijon, Mr Scruff, Maurice Fulton, Krywald & Farrer, Salary Boy
Last but definitely not least, as the sun sets on Peckham Rye Park, GALA are moving proceedings over to Ministry of Sound. With a handful of my favourite selectors playing on one of the strongest and clearest systems in London, the GALA after party is set to be an absolute delight. The wonderful Midland is joined by the likes of Honey Dijon and Percolate residents Krywald & Farrer. If you ever needed motivation to utilise the bank holiday to the max, this is it right here.
Thursday 31st May, Corsica Studios
Yaeiji, Ikonika, Object Blue
Following her recent searing Mixmag mix and a Breaking Through feature on Resident Advisor towards the end of the last year, Yaeji is an artist is seriously hot demand. The Korean-American artist sings and raps in both Korean and English over her multifarious production – take low-fi house jam “raingurl” and trap infused “drink i’m sippin on” for example – flitting between live performance and DJing in the same sitting. Demand is so hot that her first ever U.K. show sold out within minutes. There’s still hope though – DICE have their waiting list in action so sign up quickly.
Breaka – Rory’s Theme (Holding Hands)
Up and coming producer Breaka slows things down from his usual 170bpm output for his first release on U.K. label Holding Hands, the eerily infectious “Rory’s Theme”.
Haider – Fukouttahere (Breaker Breaker)
Squelchy acid makes room for warm synths in the latter part of this track.
Machinedrum – Hype Up (Ninja Tune)
A joyous new cut on Ninja Tune from Machinedrum, off kilter rhythms marry with bright bouncing synths and snappy vocal riffs.
Sharda – Chin Up (Coil Records)
Brilliantly bonkers club music with a seriously uplifting piano melody out on Murlo’s label.
Simian Mobile Disco – Defender (Wichita)
SMD bring vibrant percussive rhythms to the fore with a second stunning collaboration with the Deep Throat Choir.
Wolfgang Tillmans – Source (Roman Flügel 909 Mix) (Fragile)
Roman Flügel does his thing with a drum machine to take Tillmans’ weird and wonderful vocals into the dance.