Posted on 10 December 2012
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.
Win Tickets to the RINSED Two Year Anniversary w/ Egyptrixx, Braille, Rewrote and more this Saturday
Posted on 03 December 2012
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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Posted on 30 August 2012
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:
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.
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.
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
Posted in Concerts, DJ, Events, Featured, Festivals, Live Music, Music News, Travel, Video
Posted on 18 July 2012
Dimensions is finally here and we couldn’t be more excited! Brought to us by the well known and loved Outlook Festival, Dimensions focuses its sound on house, bass, and the deeper end of the electronic music spectrum. This year’s lineup, which is stacked with jaw dropping artists, does not fail to amaze even the most critical of music critics. The bill includes Little Dragon, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Mount Kimbie, and Levon Vincent, just to name a few. And as if the line up wasn’t solid enough, it’s recently been confirmed that Nicolas Jaar will also grace the headlining spot. We almost can’t believe it…!
The festival takes place on the breathtaking coast of Pula, Croatia at Fort Punta Christo, the legendary site that is also shared with its big brother Outlook Festival just a few days prior. Taking advantage of its surroundings, you can also find a number of boat parties that will cruise the crystal blue waters of the Adriatic Sea. What could be better?
If you are looking for comfortable and affordable accommodations, don’t fret. There are a number of options, which include camping, hostels, and private apartments. We managed to find a sweet place via Airbnb, a trusted online host for apartment/home rentals.
Be sure to check out Cultivora’s guide for travel tips and insights!
Words / Amanda Rohowsky
Posted in Events, Featured, Festivals, Music News
Posted on 26 June 2012
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.
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 possible..at 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!
Posted on 22 June 2012
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.
Posted on 13 June 2012
HiFi Cartel heads to Detroit for Movement 2012. Pictures from the festival joined with Circoloco & Flying Circus.
Posted in Events, Featured, Festivals, Photo Gallery
Posted on 07 June 2012
We are thrilled to announce LOCO DICE, JORIS VOORN and NIC FANCIULLI this Friday afternoon at Dekalb Market.
Joris Voorn will be playing Cielo later that night and Loco DIce will be spinning the after-party at Pacha.
Pacha NYC & RPM in collaboration with A.POP proudly presents
@ Dekalb Market, Brooklyn
18+ to enter / 21+ to drink
Doors open 3pm
Onsite Art Direction by A.POP
138 Willoughby Street at Flatbush Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Dekalb Market is a new community destination in Downtown Brooklyn. Dekalb Market, is housed in a collection of salvaged shipping containers, that bring together Brooklyn’s creative entrepreneurs in a community setting that include an incubator farm, events and performance venue, and a collection of eateries and work-sell spaces.
Posted in Events, Local Flavor
Posted on 25 April 2012
We at HiFi Cartel are excited to announce our upcoming event at Brooklyn’s Glasslands, featuring the likes of some proper badmen…and a badgyal. Stopping off in NYC as part of their Surefire Sound Spring Tour, we bring you the likes of Addison Groove (LIVE) and Doc Daneeka on April 28th. Opening up the night will be bass sweetheart and Miami-based producer/DJ Jubilee. Check out more info on the artists at the jump.
Posted in DJ, Events, HiFi Cartel, Live Music, Local Flavor, Mixes, Music News, New Music, Up & Coming
Posted on 10 April 2012
For years, Trouble & Bass threw some of the best monthlies in NYC, from reckless renegade shenanigans at Boogaloo to huge rave-ups at Studio B. In 2010, we took a hiatus while T&B crew members focused on their various projects and travels. But we got bored with going out, straight up. We’ve decided that maybe NYC is in need of some of the wild and weird bass flavors that put T&B and Brooklyn bass on the map in the first place. On Friday the 13th (of April), we’re taking the night with the return of Trouble & Bass NYC, an underground rumble at 70 N. 6th St. in Williamsburg with a hefty soundsystem and special guest Silkie (Deep Medi/Goon Music, UK) and Elijah (Butterz Reords, UK) plus more raw and ready party music from T&B troublemakers AC Slater, B. Rich, Star Eyes, The Captain and Baauer.
SILKIE (Deep Medi/Goon Music, UK)
One of London’s finest dubstep all-stars. Sick melodies, ruff London bass, and echoes of hardcore and jungle keep Silkie Rose a regular at FWD>, Rinse FM, and DMZ. Check his recent collabs with Joker and Swindle for the finest in deep bass weight.
ELIJAH (Butterz, UK)
The man behind London’s finest new-gen grime imprint, home to artists Terror Danjah, Royal-T, D.O.K., Trim, P-Money, and more. Elijah’s Rinse FM show has been slewing audiences with the freshest beats and MCs, giving US trap, rap, and R&B a run for its money. Appearing in US for the first time.
21+ // RSVP for $5 entry before midnight! / $10 After
70 N 6th St.
Brooklyn, NY, 11211
**Special release party for a new Butterz x Mishka collab t-shirt & mix, plus Silkie & Swindle’s new Butterz 12″ “Unlimited.”**
Sponsored by Mishka, Audio Ammo & HiFi Cartel