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Verboten StageONE presents ‘Never Say Never’ with Sasha, Guy Gerber, Maya Jane Coles and more

What better way to celebrate America than with some of the world’s finest DJs in the heart of Brooklyn! This 4th of July, Verboten brings you the first in their outdoor StageONE series, with artisanal foods, high-tech lights, video projection mapping provided by Waking Dream, and a massive custom D&B sound system set to make the series a summer must. To kick off its flagship outdoor event, Verboten is bringing in the legendary Sasha, Supplement Facts boss Guy Gerber, Maya Jane Coles, Davide Squillace, and Bill Patrick, and we’ve got a wild prize pack that you won’t want to miss.

We’re giving away a pair of tickets and a copy of Maya’s new album, Comfort exclusively for HiFi readers. It’s the perfect way to preview StageONE, with Maya’s silky garage-house fusion becoming a foundation of contemporary deep house. Not only that, but you’ll roll up to the event in style with select Verboten merchandise, and prepare to get weird with thousands of your friends on the beautiful Williamsburg waterfront. Simply enter the contest below and double your chances of winning by sharing the flyer on OUR FACEBOOK.
Preview Comfort exclusively at Pitchfork Advance:

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Simian Mobile Disco Bring Their Live Show to Brooklyn This Friday for a Very Special Verboten x Fixed Evening

Verboten and Fixed are back at SRB Brooklyn in a big way this Friday with a special live show and DJ set from Simian Mobile Disco. The English duo, James Ford and Jas Shaw, will bring their full setup of analog synths and hardware to the stage, and any fan will tell you that the SMD live experience is second to none. If the pair’s latest full-length, Unpatterns, is any indication, we’re in for some of their darkest techno yet, with a tinge of electro to keep the dancefloor euphoric. SRB will be getting wild all night, with Fixed heroes JDH and Dave P opening the night up and Simian Mobile Disco going late into the night with a post-live show DJ set.

We want our HiFi fans to experience this live show for themselves that’s why we’re giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky reader. Simply head over to our Facebook page, find the flyer below and tag the picture with the name of a friend you want to bring. We will pick a winner at random on Friday!

Friday, June 21
Fixed + Verboten Present


With JDH & DAVE P 

SRB Brooklyn
177 2nd Ave, Brooklyn

Doors 11PM | 21+









Check out some of the group’s live set from Coachella for a taste of what’s to come:

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Julio Bashmore Lands in America this Thursday at Le Poisson Rouge

The Dog & Pony Show team up with Turbotax to usher in Julio Bashmore’s long anticipated return onto American soil this Thursday at Le Poisson Rouge. After a meteoric rise last year, Bashmore continues to impress both bass & house heads alike with the massive summer anthem Au Seve, production on Jessie Ware’s Devotion and the creation of his own label, Boardwalk Records. His latest offering Husk provides a stripped down groover with a workout video to boot. Keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook feeds for a chance to win a pair of tickets.

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Win Tickets to the RINSED Two Year Anniversary w/ Egyptrixx, Braille, Rewrote and more this Saturday

This Saturday December 8th,  we are very pleased to announced the two year anniversary of our  favorite party heads RINSED! Taking over a room in an old umbrella factory in Williamsburg, the crew pulled out all the stops with a legendary soundsystem, futuristic lighting and interactive installations. Starting a midnight with a one hour open bar the festivities roll all night till after 8am wrapping the after party as well. It will be sweaty, it will be hazy, there will be dark nooks and crannies for debauchery to ensue. People must RSVP to guarantee $10 entry and receive the location. Click through for more info and to win tickets and drinks for the night.

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Deep Space Visits Brooklyn 4th of July with Francois K, King Britt, FaltyDL at Dekalb Market!

Tomorrow July 4th be prepared to celebrate your freedom to love all music. At Deep Space we take great liberty to explore a galaxy of music and mixing styles that have even the most remote connection to our almighty star of inspiration: planet dub. And while Deep Space is far from a dub party, we always pay our respect.

François K. tours worldwide for not only his soulful house dj sets, but also for his techno and dub mixes. He is revered as the co-creator of New York City’s legendary dance party Body&SOUL. Over the years he performed regularly at Paradise Garage, The Loft, Studio 54, Ministry of Sound, Sound Factory Bar, Twilo, Roxy, Fabric, Berghain, and Tresor, to name a few. In great demand, François has gone into the studio to produce/remix recordings by Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk, Jimmy Cliff, Underworld, Eurythmics, Bunny Wailer, U2, Ashford & Simpson with Maya Angelou, the Smiths, Dido, Finley Quaye, Diana Ross, Cure, Mick Jagger, Fishbone, Talvin Singh, D Train, Erasure, Yazoo, Black Uhuru, Thomas Dolby, and Jah Wobble. In 2005 François was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame.

Francois will live mix and dub out the live sax performance of ILHAN ERSAHIN, the creator and artistic guide for all things dubby, Middle Eastern, jazzy, sublime and truly crate-digging at the mecca we love called Nublu.

Based in Philadelphia, King Britt has been breaking the traditional boundaries and forging a unique path as a producer, musician, DJ, label boss and media revolutionary for over 20 years. King has always found a way to escape the strictures of any single category of music by working across genres such as deep house, hip-hop, broken beat, nu-jazz, funk and afro-tech. King toured worldwide with Digable Planets – the Grammy award winning hip-hop fusion band. He produced Sylk130’s first album (ʻWhen The Funk Hits The Fanʼ) which sold half a million units through his own Ovum label. He has remixed for a diverse range of artists from Miles Davis, The OʼJays and Curtis Mayfield through to Macy Gray, Solange, Femi Kuti and Everything But The Girl and recently for Preservation Hall Jazz Ensemble feat. Mos Def, Glitch Mobb, Jay Haze and Dilouya.

The breakthrough with Brooklyn-based Drew Lustman aka FaltyDL’s tracks came when he dropped the tempo and allowed his beats to breathe, which found him a natural home on the British label Planet Mu, immersed in the possibilities of the dubstep underground. Centering on the rhythms of UK garage provided the key which unlocked Drew’s natural sense of the interconnectedness of electronic funk styles, the limber beat patterns allowing him to forward from UKG into dubstep space, back into NYC’s original garage and further back still towards disco. His the ‘Love Is A Liability’ album and ‘Bravery’ EP came just as the post-dubstep underground was becoming far more fluid, and his easy stylistic shifts provided the perfect bridge between the new garage of artists like Brackles and Geiom, the cosmic hip hop of LA and Glasgow, and those people who were falling in love with house music all over again.

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Play #GovBingo with Cultivora at Governors Ball this Weekend

The Governors Ball Music Festival kicks off tomorrow on NYC’s Randall’s Island, and we didn’t think we could be anymore excited. That is until Cultivora came up with their very own Instagram bingo game, #GovBingo, which will be held during the festival this weekend. The winner will receive a pair of tickets to next year’s Gov Ball.

The rules are simple: take pictures at the festival that correspond to the bingo board, and upload them using Instagram. You must hashtag your post with #GovBingo and the corresponding bingo square for it to count. (CLICK HERE for a full-sized version of the bingo board).

Every time you get a “bingo” pattern (see below), you will be entered to win a pair of tickets to Gov Ball 2013. The more bingos you get, the better your chances of winning. You can also increase your odds by sharing your Instagram posts on Twitter; just remember to use the hashtags so they can find your photos.

To be eligible, make sure you’re following @cultivora and @govballnyc on Instagram (and Twitter, if applicable). In order to enter the contest, you must have an Instagram account with public view settings.

#GovBingo will begin at 11am Saturday, June 23, and will end on Monday, June 25 at noon (in case there’s no cell service on Randall’s Island). Once the contest closes, the team at Cultivora will compile the bingo boards and announce the winner on Wednesday, June 27 via Instagram. Good Luck!

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Contest: Win Tickets to Benoit & Sergio at Cielo June 28th

On Thursday 28th Cielo and DFA Records host a showcase for two of their upcoming star acts: Benoit & Sergio and Justin Miller. The French-American duo Benoit & Sergio had an amazing 2011 – Resident Advisor ranked them as one of the top 10 live acts, while placing two of their singles, ‘Walk And Talk’ and ‘Principles’, in their top 20 tracks of the year. The duo draws from influences mostly uncommon to the house and techno zeitgeist; bands like Talking Heads, Pavement and Roxy Music are sources of inspiration, along with electronic acts like Daft Punk and Ricardo Villalobos. All these influences resonate clearly in their music, joined a sexualized melodrama that makes its way into lyrics about loneliness, French girls, wine and even Ferraris! The unexpected juxtaposition of such pristine production and lyricism exemplifies why Benoit & Sergio are one of the most talked about outfits in dance music today… Justin Miller has been described as the kind of DJ who creates soundtracks to nights to remember. A longtime record collector and passionate lover of music, he is a key player not only in New York’s dance music scene – from its dingiest bars to its most up market clubs – but also a frequent guest at some of the best parties and clubs around the world. His earnest love of music has given him a rare ability toconnect with any room, making the rising star a firm crowd favorite and name to watch for future greatness.

We are giving away a pair of tickets to one reader. Simply send a tweet with the following: “Hook me up with Benoit & Sergio tix @HiFiCartel @cieloclub“. You must be following both HiFiCartel & CieloClub to win.


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Photek Tonight at Cameo Gallery

Modified and Broken Teeth are bringing the legendary Photek to Brooklyn TONIGHT at Cameo Gallery! We have a pair of tickets just for you. Head over to our Facebook page and simply ‘like’ the flyer to win.

Photek stands mercilessly on the edge. A sonic scientist, pushing both his sounds and fans’ expectations to the outermost limits since 1994, he floods the footnotes of electronica like MP3s clutter up your hard drive.

He was there when Goldie declared it drum & bass but to this day he still prefers the term jungle. Conversations with James Lavelle raise the question – what would’ve become if his remixes of Attica Blues had led to a more affirmed relationship with the agenda setting Mo Wax? His major label link with Virgin is the blueprint of how things once were; endless time and budget-free worries led to ‘Modus Operandi’. A conceptual experiment of time and emotive atmospherics, it pushed the drum & bass template to the edge.

Previously misinterpreted as a lone paranoid soldier, a conspiracy theorist and a man from Ipswich, Rupert Photek Parkes is none of the above. Each tale you’ll be regaled with elsewhere online is based on a spec of truth that’s exploded beyond proportion. May the real Photek please stand up…

2012 will see him drop a series of sounds that reflect the truest perception of him once and for all. Driven by his years of studio discipline; sharpened by an acute awareness that he’ll be received by the heads that know him well and ears that don’t know him at all, Photek’s new sound carries all the barbed motifs and icy atmospherics you’ll know from seminal cuts such as ‘Seven Samurai’ and ‘Hidden Camera’ all tied up tight with his own take on today’s contemporary genre-breaking melting pot.

Ardent displays of his eclectic method were there from the very beginning. The seeds had been sewn back in the dancefloor’s most formative days, attending early raves, pretty much in his school uniform, and hearing DJs like Jumping Jack Frost fire their way through everything from Derrick May to Phil Collins. These influences are clear from his first EP on Metalheadz with the drum & bass meets downtempo ‘Into The 90s’… ‘Yendi’, the flipside to the ‘Modus Operandi’ 12″, was a prototype for dubstep while ‘Mine To Give’, a sassy slab of sexed up house coated in Robert Owens’ iconic soul, set the foundations for the genreless battlefields well trodden by the likes of Commix and Mount Kimbie.

A list of his big screen scores should follow, but it won’t. Photek carelessly yarns his years in LA as ‘doing this and that’, but it wasn’t. Hived in the western world’s most creative hub, his time since 2007′s ‘Form & Function Volume 2′ has been a creative whirlwind. Collaborations with Nine Inch Nails and troubled troubadour Ray LaMontagne; sell out TEKDBZ shows with 12th Planet and DJ Craze; the evening commute down Sunset Boulevard with Fab & Groove on Sirius reminding him of the UK bass culture he helped develop… Photek stands undeniably on the edge of undiluted inspiration.

Destination tomorrow: Photek’s decorated past and diligent work ethic leads us here. The new music you’ll hear this year is yet another chapter in a life spent overdosing on sonic nuances and boundary testing. An exultant voyage in a life that’s shaped the very foundations of the sounds we love, these are sounds that he’s teased at since the techno tickles of his 2000 album ‘Solaris’

Take his collaboration with Switch, ‘Avalanche’; a low-swung modulator, its half-step march belies the crafty subversion of a well known rave sample. Take ’101′; its icy peripheries suggest the Photek we know while kidnapping the principals of classic electro and booting them effortlessly into the 23rd century. Take ‘This City’; a lolloping load of filters and reverse athletics, its somnambulant sounds make it a literal house dream. Take ’4 Aces’, a bassline badguy, smiling a saw-toothed grin. Take the aptly titled ‘No Agenda’; a timeless slice of spine-tingling progression, fluctuating between funk and arm-flinging euphoria.

Take it or leave it; from this moment on Photek has programmed a new system, the code racing mercilessly towards the main stage where an explosive live show, primed with nothing but his own material, patiently awaits.

Modifed and Broken Teeth Crew are proud to present the one and only:

PHOTEK (Virgin, Astralwerks, K7, Metalheadz – LOS ANGELES) -DJ KICKS TOUR-


also featuring:

MIKEY DUBS (Mikrosoundsystem Recordings)

NYCHAVOK (Modified)

SCALLYWAG (Broken Teeth Crew)

FRIDAY, APRIL 6th, 2012


Cameo Gallery
93 N6th St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
L Train to Bedford Ave

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A Verboten Weekend with Radioslave, Catz ‘n’ Dogz, Stacey Pullen, Wildkats, Visionquest & more

The fine folks at Verboten have prepared an epic St. Paddys weekend with two parties full of house and techno legends. First stop is Saturday night at The Morgan with the eclectic dancefloor slayer RADIO SLAVE doing a very special back-to-back with Detroit hero STACEY PULLEN. Residents Stadenco and Richie Cuts will be opening. The second room, dubbed  the ‘Heavy Petting Zoo’, is brought to you by the infamous Dog&Pony Show bringing along the groovy Polish duo CATZ ‘N’ DOGZ, Hot Creation’s WILDKATS and vinyl maestro KARINA. Dog&Pony residents Paul Raffaele and Kevin Osha will all be supporting the evening.

Verboten is teaming up with Red Bull Music Academy Radio for our event on March 17th with Radio Slave & Stacey Pullen! We’ll be recording the duo’s extended tag team set for broadcast on Red Bull Music Academy Radio. Tune in at

The Morgan

25 Bogart St. Brooklyn

10pm – 7am / 21+

Reduced Guestlist RSVP / Advance Tickets

Less than twelve hours later the party continues with the return of Verboten’s infamous Sunday Disasters party for it’s first installment of the season, featuring Visionquest’s LEE CURTISS, SHAUN REEVES & RYAN CROSSON, along with special guest RUSS YALLOP (Crosstown Rebels) & DINO G (Spy Bar). For this inaugural edition, we’ll be making our debut at the Yotel’s futuristic lounge and roof deck, featuring a Funktion One sound system and enclosed rooftop bar. This is just a hint of the Sunday shenanigans we have in store – stay tuned for more Disasters lineup announcements soon!


570 10th Ave / 4th Floor

6pm – 3am / 21+

Reduced Guestlist RSVPAdvance Tickets

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Art Department Play Cielo This Thursday for No. 19 Label Showcase

Legends Kenny Glasgow and Jonny White are stopping by Cielo this Thursday March 8th as ART DEPARTMENT for a very special No. 19 Label Showcase. Hailing from Canada, the duo continue to rip apart dancefloors across the globe with their signature suken bassline and sublime vocals. We can’t wait to hear what they bring to Cielo’s infamous Funktion One system.


Their latest effort Touch You Gently out early this year is already a monster anthem.

Supporting the showcase are Nitin and Cameo Culture.

Thursday, March 8th
Cielo presents

No. 19 Showcase

Art Department
Cameo Culture

18 Little West 12th Street
New York, NY 10014

10pm – 4am


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