Posted on 18 January 2013
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!
Posted in DJ, Local Flavor, Mixes
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.
Posted on 12 July 2012
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
Sleepy & Boo
(le) Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10012
10pm to late, 21+
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Posted on 03 July 2012
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. http://kingbritt.com
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. http://faltydl.tumblr.com/
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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 06 April 2012
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.
PHOTEK (Virgin, Astralwerks, K7, Metalheadz – LOS ANGELES) -DJ KICKS TOUR-
w/MC ARMANNI REIGN (Mental Sharp – ATLANTA)
MIKEY DUBS (Mikrosoundsystem Recordings)
SCALLYWAG (Broken Teeth Crew)
FRIDAY, APRIL 6th, 2012
93 N6th St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
L Train to Bedford Ave
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Posted on 05 April 2012
We’re big fans of the street dance documentary, Flex is Kings. Check out the trailer above and be sure to visit their Kickstarter page to support finishing this film. They are hosting a fundraiser tonight with a live concert and special performance.
When: Thursday, April 5, 2012
Doors 7:30 pm
Performance 8:00 pm
Where: Bond Street Theater
303 Bond Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231
SUBWAY: F/G to Carroll, M/R to Union
Also Flex is Kings won Project of the Week on IndieWire. Now, we enter Round Two – Flex Is Kings is in the running for Project of the Month. If we win, we’ll get a meeting with Sundance. We need your votes.
Voting ends Friday at 5pm EST, so vote now and vote from every IP address you have. Note: every computer and phone has a distinct address – vote from all your devices and tell all your friends. Three clicks, no personal info and you’ve helped us tremendously
Flex Is Kings is an independent feature length documentary about street dance in Brooklyn. It’s almost done and now we need your help!
This is a story of urban improbability. East New York is an impoverished section of Kings County with one of the highest crime rates in the borough. And yet a large and growing group of young men have transformed their streets into a stage.
Flex Is Kings looks at the culture of flexing, a unique and vibrant dance form in deep Brooklyn, and the realities of the dancers who practice it. We, the filmmakers, have followed a group of dancers for over two years and have shot over 275 hours of film.
Flex dancing channels the grittiness of East New York into choreographed violence: guns battle, bones break, and hearts are ripped from chests. Using dance to illustrate their everyday lives and their inner aspirations, dancers jump into beautiful and imaginative dream logic and feats of daring: monsters roam train cars, young lovers meet, souls fly from bodies.
Posted in Events, Featured, Film, Live Music, Local Flavor, Music News
Posted on 17 February 2012
Sometimes you want to be surrounded by the beautiful people, the dangerous people, the smartest people, the creative people. The people who sometimes, shine a little more in the depths of darkness. Enter into a club where you can disappear and have the best night of your life. Where you can love and hate equally and then drink and dance it off. Welcome to Dark Disco.
Nguzunguzu – Timesup (Kingdom Remix) (Download)
We invite you there to complete the circle of experience – to get a taste of this one, specially curated moment. Dark Disco combines it all.
With lineups that are surprising, insightful, and always on the absolute tip of the edge featuring DJ’s, Producers, and artists who are true creators and who’s only goal is to keep the dancefloor live. The environment is an ever changing inspiration of visual artists who’s installations fill the void of your mind with something new to deconstruct and experience.
Past Dark Disco’s have featured such great talent as: Boys Noize, A-Trak, Diplo, Mary Anne Hobbes, Nosaj Thing, Peaches, the US return of MJ Cole and so many more.
Dark Disco is the adventure of MeanRed Co-Owners Jen Lyon & Katie Longmyer. Two agitators and instigators who delight in creating and causing a stir and a discussion and who ultimately, just want to have a good time.
Posted in DJ, Downloads, Events, Local Flavor
Posted on 12 December 2011
Article By: Mark Dommu
Photos By: Jenna Gard
This Saturday night those of us looking to boogie made the irritatingly inconvenient trip to Terminal 5 (seriously, T5 is so out of the way) for HARD X MOUTH TAPED SHUT, a party in celebration of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. The night promised to be a good one, with LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy opening for Italian electronic duo The Bloody Beetroots. I’m a long time Beetroots fan and have seen them spin several times, always waking up sore and happy the next day, so I went in with high expectations.
The event was 18 and over and free, which meant that about 80% of the crowd had black x’s on their hands. I wondered several times if HARD had been handing out flyers to NYU freshman in Washington Square Park. I’m also not sure how exactly the event had anything to do with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, aside from the fact that Rooney Mara’s head was everywhere…I guess that’s enough?
Proxy and Eye started out the evening, getting the initially small crowd dancing. When Proxy finished up the audience started calling eagerly for James Murphy, only to be met with a ridiculously long wait for his set. After about half an hour someone finally announced that there were technical difficulties and we were placated with Trent Reznor and Karen O’s cover of “Immigrant Song”, which debuted this summer with the first trailer for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.
After an hour of oddly low-tempo filler music (one prolific teenager behind me commented that, “this music is not, like, nice”) Murphy finally appeared and rather halfheartedly apologized for the wait, citing problems with a turntable…or something. He promised the audience, “We’re gonna have as much fun as you can in a short period of time with your clothes on.”
He was…not exactly telling the truth. After such a long wait, Murphy’s set was rather anticlimactic. The set started off with a funky tribal beat that stayed smooth and easy and got everyone dancing. For the most part Murphy’s set sounded like Miami in the 70s, and also maybe the 90s. There were a few interesting moments throughout, one drawn out warping sounded like a spaceship taking off, but for the most part it was an altogether uninspired set and Murphy seemed to be disinterested in the whole affair.
Almost the second Murphy finished the crowd started chanting for the Bloody Beetroots, and the crowd went wild when they appeared. They started with a bang and tore relentlessly through a thrashing, thumping and glorious set. If you’ve never seen the Bloody Beetroots spin before than you are seriously missing out. It’s the kind of set that you have to flail and jump around too. I could feel the bass pounding in my chest, making my face throb with every pulse.
The Bloody Beetroots are certifiable bad asses and they also clearly care about their audience having a good time, They were invested in the crowd’s enjoyment, at one point coming out form behind the DJ booth to rev everyone up. The crowd was losing their shit, I was almost kicked in the head by three different crowd surfers and did not care.
The Bloody Beetroots definitely made the entire night worthwhile, and on the way home I kept thinking about alien’s in boat shoes dancing to James Murphy’s set…so there’s that. I did wake up the next morning sore and happy wit the thump-thump still pulsing in my head, so mission accomplished.
For Jenna Gard’s full photo gallery: click here