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.
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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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Verboten and Bespoke Kick Off the Year with Jozif, Daniel Bortz, Lee Foss and more

Our favorite world-renowned party starters, Verboten and Bespoke, ring in the new year with fantastic lineups for tonight and tomorrow. First off tonight, is Verboten’s event at Highline Ballroom with Hot Natured co-founder Lee Foss, Crosstown Rebel Subb-an and Fist or Finger founder Jozif who blew the sombrero off BPM Festival this past week. Come and celebrate Jozif’s upcoming Balance mix.


Tomorrow, German house pioneers Suol Music stop by Brooklyn for Bespoke Music‘s event. Co-founders Chopstick & Johnjon join the love guru Daniel Bortz for a soulful house experience, filled with gorgeous rhythms that will keep you melting on the dancefloor. Rounding out the night is our talented friend Rami Deejay providing some pure sex funk. We promise this will be a night not to be missed. Check out a mix below that Bortz did “From Suol to Suol” to get 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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Our Top Five Picks for Dimensions Festival

OK, we can say it now. We’ve got less than one week until the worlds most educated party people touch down in Croatia for the much-anticipated premier of Dimensions Festival (unless you are a true-G and already getting down at Outlook).

Let’s talk about the artists we just can’t wait to see:

Little Dragon

Based in Gothenburg, Sweden, Little Dragon gives a performance that mustn’t be missed!  Lead singer Yukimi Nagano’s strong and sensual voice, paired with the perfect mix of percussion and electronic sound, makes for nothing less than perfection.  After seeing the band recently at Celebrate Brooklyn’s free summer concert series, we are even more eager to reunite in the forts of Punta Christo.

Levon Vincent

American born artist, Levon Vincent, aims to provide us with positive vibrations through his tropical, methodically manicured, and joint weakening sound.  There is nothing we won’t give to hear “Double Jointed Sex Freak pt. 3” on the shores of Pula.

Mount Kimbie (live)

This British duo took us all on a glorious journey through space after releasing their first and only full length, titled “Crooks and Lovers”. It was announced earlier this year they were signed to Warp records and are currently working on a second album. Let us thank them for taking the time…Dimensions wouldn’t be the same without you.

Δkkord (photo)

A lot of things are left uncertain when it comes to supposedly U.K. born collective, Δkkord. One thing, however, is for certain, based on a few releases that blessed us in 2012, we know they can make a proper bass tune.  Part break-beat, part techno, listen below for a taste. We can’t wait to experience the mystery that is Δkkord.


Brooklyn’s own Travis Stewart has taken the music world by storm. Whether its owning his own record label, collaborating with the amazing Praveen Sharma to produce the sounds of Sepalcure, or just plain smashing things up under his stage name Machinedrum, we love and support Travis to no end. Can’t wait to see you in Croatia.

As we prepare ourselves for another dimension, lets give thanks that we are among those going to experience the wonder that is Pula. Dimensions 2012, here we come.

Words / Amanda Rohowsky

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Digweed Joins Danny Tenaglia on Governor’s Island This Saturday

Made Event is proud to announce John Digweed & Danny Tenaglia, along with Pleasurekraft and Sleepy & Boo at Governors Beach Club on Governors Island, NYC, Saturday, August 11. This historic event sees two true dance music trendsetters take over one of New York City’s most spectacular summer party hotspots.

With a long-established career as one of the planet’s most popular DJs, John Digweed’s sets never fall out of favor with clubbers the world over. From deeper house to techno and everything in between, a new generation is learning that there’s nothing quite like being locked into a John Digweed set. His list of groundbreaking achievements includes Top 40 smashes like “Heaven Scent,” being voted DJ Mag’s #1 DJ, a Hollywood film score, tours with David Bowie and Moby, and a legendary DJ residency at famed NYC nightclub Twilo. His Transitions radio show is one of the world’s most successful dance music shows, broadcast across 45 countries to a staggering weekly audience of over 14 million. To top it off, for the last 12 years, his label Bedrock has been a mothership of creative ingenuity and integrity that continually releases the world’s best producers — as evidenced by the recent release of “TREZZZ” with Nick Muir and Guy J (under the name J.D.N.M.G.J), a major highlight on John’s latest ‘Live In Cordoba’ 3xCD album which can be sampled below.

Danny Tenaglia’s storied success came not behind a major label release, or a world tour, or a radio hit remix, but a dedication to the art of DJing honed over the last 30 years. His legacy began at seminal New York clubs Twilo, Tunnel, and Vinyl — the latter of which saw the start of his landmark, music-centered “Be Yourself” residency parties. In the early 2000s, Danny went on to become internationally celebrated, throwing hugely successful annual parties at Miami’s Winter Music Conference, taking Ibiza by storm, and earning a GRAMMY nomination for his remix of Depeche Mode’s “I Feel Loved.” His commitment to the music and the dancefloor keeps each DJ set uniquely special, as he incorporates both new music and old, spanning from the halcyon days of disco through house, tribal and future techno.  

Don’t miss these two originators of the dance music scene — joined by the seductive, deep, groove heavy, underground techno inspired music of Pleasurekraft and New York underground powerhouse duo Sleepy & Boo — on Governors Island on August 11.  The 18+ event will take place from 4 p.m. to midnight at Governors Beach Club, which encompasses a 4-story tent with open walls, an open air beach, VIP areas, a state of the art sound and light system, over 100 feet of bar space, and scenic views of New York City.

Very Limited Supply $45 advance tickets while supplies

John Digweed ‘Live In Cordoba’ album out now 3xCD / 2×12″ / Digital.

4pm – 12am
Governors Beach Club
Governors Island, NYC
18 and over with valid state issued photo ID
Rain or shine, subject to safety requirements
Round-trip ferry transport included.

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Basic presents Matthew Dear at Le Poisson Rouge Saturday July 14th

Basic returns to (le) Poisson Rouge on Saturday July 14th with a mid-summer sizzler of cutting-edge electronic sounds. Our guest for the night is a special one – the Ghostly International standout, and techno renaissance man Matthew Dear. He’s making his Basic debut on the night, playing one of the dancefloor-thumping DJ sets that have earned him legions of devoted fans worldwide. With his new album Beams set to drop later this summer, Dear is once again about to take the international spotlight. We’re honored to host this iconic artist for what promises to be a dynamic night of music.

Depending on whom you ask, Matthew Dear is a DJ, a dance-music producer, an experimental pop artist, a bandleader. He co-founded both Ghostly International and its dancefloor offshoot, Spectral Sound. He’s had remixes commissioned by The XX, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Spoon, Hot Chip, The Postal Service, and Chemical Brothers; he’s made mixes for Get Physical‘s Body Language and Fabric mix series. He maintains four aliases (Audion, False, Jabberjaw, and Matthew Dear), each with its own style and distinct visual identity. He straddles multiple musical worlds and belongs to none—and he’s just hitting his stride.

Matthew Dear’s latest full-length album Beams is both a drastic departure from and worthy successor to his last LP Black City. A suite of weird, wild, and queasily optimistic rhythm-driven pop songs, Beams is the latest chapter in the continuing evolution of one of music’s most fascinating minds. After over a decade of exploring pop’s outer limits, Matthew Dear now inhabits a rarified corner of the musical universe: no longer tethered to any one genre, respected by his peers and blessed with a bottomless well of creative energy. Now is Matthew Dear’s moment, and it sounds like nothing else.

Dear has been a fixture in the DJ booth at the world’s finest clubs and festivals for years now, and this party will mark his Basic debut. Expect the unexpected – his DJ sets are just as unpredictable and inspirational as his original music. Joining him on the decks will be Basic’s Sleepy & Boo, who have been bringing some of techno’s leading figures to (le) Poisson Rouge in recent months. Support comes from ReSolute‘s resident Connie, marking her return to the Basic decks – and her LPR debut. Mike Murphy gets things going for this one, his first Basic set since his appearance with Speedy J in May. As always we’ll have booming reinforced sound at (le) Poisson Rouge – with loads of bass and crisp highs.

Saturday, July 14

Basic presents

Matthew Dear
Sleepy & Boo
Mike Murphy

(le) Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10012
(212) 505-3474

10pm to late, 21+

Presale tickets available now at

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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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Danny Howell’s Return to NYC plus Our Interview with Benny Soto

The beloved NYC fan favorite DANNY HOWELLS returns to the Big Apple for a special Sunday summer throwdown at Brooklyn’s Dekalb Market! Dance.Here.Now and Basic are teaming up for this bash, featuring Danny doing his thing in Dekalb’s dope outdoor setting. Sleepy & Boo join him on the decks for what will undoubtedly be an unforgettable Sunday Funday of great music + people.

When: Sunday July 1st (3pm – 9pm)
Where: Dekalb Market (138 Willoughby St.)
Presale Tickets

We recently spoke with Benny Soto of Dance.Here.Now. and 718 sessions. You may not know his name but his legendary parties are quite the mainstay in NYC. He chats with us about Paradise Garage, essential tips for parties, and his time with Keith Haring.

HiFi Cartel: How was working with Keith Haring, and in what ways did he influence your musical upbringing in NYC along with your introduction to Paradise Garage?

Benny Soto: Everything about that time still plays a part in my life today. The music, the people, the clubs, art, etc…Clubbing wasn’t as sophisticated and evolved as it is today. It was raw. NYC was gritty and fun. Good stuff came out of that. I think people who experienced that particular time carry a little something rare and special. Keith was very special and he knew how to have a party. He really did teach me to have fun. He was a rock star in many ways. He brought all kinds of people together. People with money and the street. Essential elements for a great party. Working for Keith Haring was a gift. How many people can say they knew Keith..and Warhol, and Basquiat. I STILL go, “Wow!”

Paradise Garage was special. What can I say that hasn’t been already said? Not much…but I know it existed because it was a different time in NY. That club could exist at that time. That is no longer least not on the island of Manhattan. Brooklyn perhaps…Berlin I hear. I was extremely fortunate to have experienced Garage. I know it’s over and done with. But that spirit that I experienced there is with me still. That’s the magic I still look for in a party today ; )

HFC: Dance.Here.Now and 718 Sessions have become quite the success for both partiers and audiophiles alike. World renown Djs play under the intimate lights of Cielo , which has what we would argue the best club system in North America. How did this concept come about and how do you maintain it’s success in such a competitive NYC market?

BS: Cielo is special because the people who own it and run it actually care. They believe in what they do. It’s an intimate space that was really thought out and executed well. Cielo is almost 10 years old..but whenever I travel I still come back home and think ok this is still a cool place. It feels good. It’s consistent. It’s a club for music lovers. You can see that clearly. At the end of the day people want an authentic experience. I think Cielo manages to do that well.

HFC: What are your thoughts about both commercial and underground house music today?

BS: I think it’s fantastic the electronic music scene has gotten so huge. All these kids listening to all the commercial stuff will eventually start listening to different kinds of music. Musical tastes change and these kids will start wondering how this all started. Eventually they find the cool stuff. I personally try and be open to everything…keeping in mind that everything ain’t for everybody ; )

HFC: Name us a few records you can’t live without?

BS: Love is the message…Be Yourself…and everything in between that : )

HFC: Finally what would you say are the “essentials” for throwing an epic party?

BS: Keep it real and fun. Have fun putting the party together. Throw different things together. Mix it up. Don’t take yourself so serious if you are a promoter. I think most of us started in this business because we were having fun. Try and remember that. And the people that come thru the door and pay? Make sure they have a good time whenever possible.

Be sure to check out his parties all summer at Dekalb Market & Cielo!

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