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 September, The Jazz Cafe
DJ Lycox / DJ Firmeza / DJ Lilocox
Camden’s Jazz Cafe welcomes a cohort of Lisbon’s hottest underground club music stars to the fore courtesy of Príncipe, a label and party in the Portuguese capital that champions “the ghetto sound of Lisbon”. Three of Príncipe’s figureheads take the helm – DJ Lycox, DJ Firmeza and DJ Lilocox – for a night of dark, percussive house and kuduro.
Saturday 14th September, Mick’s Garage
Project Pablo / Kiara Scuro / MLE / Jugin & Pato
A series of in-house parties at Mick’s Garage, Club Mick’s is finding its stride and offering up consistently strong programming. Each day-to-night party promises extended sets, free entry (if you get down early enough) bean bags, plants, nice drinks, and, after dark, a big Funktion One sound system and an equally big disco ball. For the next instalment, Project Pablo headlines with support from up-and-coming London duo Kiara Scuro.
Friday 20th September, The Cause
Joy Orbison / Total Freedom / Zakia / Bempah / Will Bankhead / Rahim / Felix Hall / Toby Feltwell
One of our favourite parties returns, this time to The Cause. Cav Empt, The Trilogy Tapes and Hinge Finger team up for a raucous north London get down. The mighty Joy Orbison, Hinge Finger bossman, steps up alongside the brilliant Total Freedom and TTT label head Will Bankhead. Fresh off the back of her set at the first Maiden Voyage, Zakia also plays, as well as fellow NTS affiliate Bempah. Rahim, Felix Hall and Toby Feltwell complete the bill.
Friday 20th September, Grow Tottenham
Banshee / DJ KG / DJ JM / Goon Club Allstars
Goon Club Allstars are celebrating their tenth release, and hosting a party for the occasion. It’s a family affair at Tottenham venue Grow, as the crew celebrate the release of Thought Bubbles, the new EP from Banshee. Goon Club Allstars will play alongside Banshee, as well as UK funky maestro DJ KG and Even The Strong affiliate DJ JM.
Saturday 28th September, Village Underground
There are videos of Job Jobse’ set at Nachtdigital circling the Twittersphere that have made me cry, and I wasn’t even there. “If you grew up listening to dance music in the ’80s and ’90s, there’s a strong chance your favourite track got an airing” said RA. For the second year in a row, two of London’t best promoters welcome Job Jobse to Village Underground as he presents his Strangelove party for the first time in the UK. The Netherlands selector will play all night long; don’t sleep on this one.
S-Type – Fetch (LuckyMe)
This technicolour anthem marks the first single off S-Type’s upcoming EP.
East Of Oceans – Neverlasting Love (R&S Records)
Weightless breaks inspired by the golden years of raving in San Francisco.
SP:MC – Vintage (Sentry Records)
Moody, percussive garage with a wicked bassline.
Four Tet – Anna Painting (Text Records)
Originally written for an exhibition, ‘Anna Painting’ is Four Tet at his finest.
Aurora Halal – Nasty II (Mutual Dreaming Recordings)
Aurora Halal’s new release marks her first solo EP in years. ‘Nasty II’ is a highlight with its otherworldly keys and crisp, driving percussion.
Mix of the Month
FACT mix 720 – Barker (Aug ’19)
Barker’s impending record Utility, due later this month on Ostgut Ton, is one of my favourite albums of the year to date. Ahead of the release, he’s put out this startling FACT mix comprised entirely of snippets from his live performances. It’s a stunning mix, honing in on a penchant for glittering techno without a kickdrum. An absolute must listen.