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 8th November, Electric Brixton
Inner City (live) / Danny Rampling / Farley & Heller / ILONA
Shoom was a revolutionary London party that fuelled the acid house movement in the capital. Inspired by the ultimate hedonistic trip to Ibiza, Shoom started in the basement of a fitness centre back in 1987. Founder Danny Rampling brings the brand back to Electric Brixton on Friday 8th November. Detroit legends Inner City, who coincidentally founded the same year that Shoom began, will headline, with support from Shoom regulars Rampling, Farley & Heller, and ILONA aka Ilona Rampling.
Saturday 9th November, Orange Yard
Optimo / Jasper James / Krywald & Farrer / Jaye Ward
Percolate are turning seven, and they’re celebrating with a wonderfully intimate dance in Soho venue Orange Yard, formally The Borderline. Expect the venue to be done up to the nines as Percolate invite the mighty Optimo to headline. Glasgow represents with Jasper James also playing, as well as London favourite Jaye Ward and long-standingPercolate residents Krywald & Farrer.
Saturday 16th November, Paper Dress Vintage
Special Brew residents
Special Brew are celebrating a year of free parties with, you guessed it, another free party at Hackney venue Paper Dress Vintage. Indulge in cheap beers and dance under the disco ball to an eclectic blend of everything from house to breaks to 80s bangers that are the best part of cheesy. Doors are at 10.30pm and the dance floor is intimate, so get down early.
Friday 22nd November, Corsica Studios
Avalon Emerson / Aurora Halal / JASSS / Roi Perez / LSDXOXO / Elissa Suckdog / Hunter Lombard
The brilliant Avalon Emerson returns to Corsica Studios for the latest in her 9000 Dreams series, and she’s bringing a stacked lineup. Aurora Halal, whose recent Liquiddity EP on her own label Mutual Dreaming is one of my favourites of the year, is joined by JASSS and Panorama Bar resident Roi Perez, as well as New York’s LSDXOXO and Berlin’s Elissa Suckdog. Last but not least, NYC’s Hunter Lombard will play a UK debut.
Saturday 30th November, FOLD
Gabber Eleganza feat Gray for Days / S.O.N.S / Minimal Violence (DJ set) / Tom Unlikely
Gabber Eleganza brings his Never Sleep party to FOLD, presenting a new audiovisual show in collaboration with Gray for Days. Expect BPMS to contest your resting heart rate and a hardcore rave aesthetic. Gabber Eleganza is joined by Seoul-based producer S.O.N.S (who sells his records via amazingporncatvideos.com) and Minimal Violence, the Canadian duo with an affinity for raw techno with a punk edge. Tom Unlikely completes the bill.
Joy Orbison – Burn (Ft. Infinite & Mansur Brown) (Hinge Finger)
The lead single from Slipping, the latest EP from Joy O, has a killer low end.
Midland – The Alchemy of Circumstance (Graded)
Midland’s new EP is his most experimental to date, and this, the title track, is a zany delight; R2D2 on acid, or, in Midland’s words, R2D2 skittering around IKEA.
Skee Mask – Play Ha (Ilian Tape)
“Unstoppable Fruity Brain Benders” courtesy of one of the most exciting producers doing it right now. Clips above, catch the full EP on Bandcamp here.
Bok Bok – Pure Shores (HXC Mix) (Night Slugs)
Bright synths quiver over crisp breaks in the latest Night Slugs jam.
Blue Terra – 20,000 (Céad)
An otherwordly peak time groover off Or:la’s label.
Mix of the Month
Dekmantel Podcast 251 – Aquarian
This mix is absolutely wild, one of my favourites this year. Don’t do as I did and listen to this on a dreary Monday commute home, the Friday dance will seem all that much further away. Aquarian is a Canadian born, Berlin-based producer and DJ with a penchant for warped rave cuts and mad rhythms inspired by London, Berlin and Detroit. His Dekmantel podcast is everything he does best – a face-melting hybrid of Drexcyian electro, jungle, grime, techno and everything in between.