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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:

Posted in Concerts, Contest, DJ, Events, Featured, HiFi Cartel

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:

Posted in Contest, DJ, Events, Featured, Live Music

Introducing Dimensions Festival in Croatia

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!

Explore the official Dimenions site and find out more about tickets & pricing, schedules, accommodations, what to bring, and more.

Words / Amanda Rohowsky

Posted in Events, Featured, Festivals, Music News

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

Posted in DJ, Featured, Local Flavor

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.

Posted in Contest, DJ, Fashion, Featured, HiFi Cartel, Interview, Local Flavor

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!

Posted in DJ, Events, Featured

Photo Gallery: Loco Dice, Joris Voorn, Nic Fanciulli at Dekalb Market (June 8, 2012)

Pacha & Dance.Here.Now. bring Loco Dice, Joris Voorn, Nic Fanciulli to Dekalb Market


Posted in DJ, Featured, Photo Gallery

Festival Digest: June 18-22

June is a busy month for music festivals, and this week was no exception. Here’s what you missed from the team at Cultivora.

Coming Up: Roskilde takes place in Denmark beginning June 30 and the winner of #GovBingo will be announced along with Gov Ball festival coverage.

Posted in Cultivora, Featured, Festivals, Music News

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.


Posted in Concerts, Contest, DJ, Events, Featured

Festival Digest: Afropunk, Off-Sonar events, NXNE, and More

Here’s what you missed in this week’s festival news, courtesy of Cultivora:
  • After an unfortunate cancellation last year due to Hurricane Irene, Afropunk will return to Brooklyn’s Commodore Barry Park from August 25-26. Erykah Badu and Janelle Monae are among this year’s headliners.
  • If you’re in Barcelona for Sonar, which is happening as we speak, check out one of the many Off-Sonar parties happening around the city.
  • Safa Jinje and Caroline Aksich are in Toronto this weekend for North by Northeast. Check out their recap of the first day, and stay tuned next week as their coverage unfolds.
  • New Music Seminar kicks off this Sunday in New York City — Marjana Jaidi and Jason Rezvan will be on the scene, covering the daytime panels and evening festivities.
  • Last month, Laura Baker-Finch stopped by Seattle on her way to Sasquatch! in George, Washington. While she was there, Laura put together a brand-new travel guide for the Capitol Hill Block Party, happening July 20-22.
Coming up — Governors Ball will take over NYC’s Randall’s Island next weekend; Roskilde, Europe’s largest music festival, starts on June 30 in Denmark.

Posted in Featured, Music News


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