WOMPLIST 57: #KUNQ, Floating Points & Falty DL, Dez Andres, Moldy & eshOne Hyetal, Subverse, DJ Funeral

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Floating Points and Falty DL All Night at Output, Hunee and Jacques Renault in The Panther Room [10PM/$15-20]

Floating Points and Falty DL both take club music to spacious, atmospheric, experimental places without sacrificing groove. On the epic Output system, that’s gonna be a journey you’ll want to come along for. Smooth-house specialist Jacques Renault and guest Hunee (from Berlin!) will keep things bumpin in the side room.
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Subverse-NYC: Dubtek (Berlin), Mesck (LA), I.N.I., Max Mischief at 287 Spring [10PM/$20]

Trueschool dubstep from the Subverse crew. The headliner, Dubtek, spins a energetic, dark dubstep with a minimal dnb edge to it. Nice feature mix here, albiet a bit chiller than most of his recent soundcloud posting. Seriously reinforced sound, an intimate room and craft cocktails (with an open bar for another $20, or $35 combined).
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Hyetal, Braille, True Panther, Jim-E Stack at Glasslands [11:30PM/$10]

Techno producer Hyetal initially bubbled up from the dubstep diaspora, but he has strayed exceedingly far from it. Favoring percussive, textural bass music, what always strikes me about his selections are how much character every track has. His 2009 Fact mix is still a classic piece of bass music, and you can hear how he’s evolved further into techno terriroty with his recent Boiler Room set. Killer support lineup of similarly-minded bass music selectors Braille, DJ True Panther and Jim-E Stack.
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GOLD RIVER: Kreuger, Copout, Sean Smith, Jerry Jones at Tandem Bar [10PM/FREE]

Jerry Jones loves all kinds of club music. He has a radio show devoted to it called Gold River – you might recall the Dr. Jeep guestmix we posted from there last week. Sometimes it manifests as a club night at Tandem, one of Bushwick’s best back-room dance bars. This time he’s hosting Philly bass music producers Kreuger and Copout, plus some dude named Sean Smith.
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EPICENTER: Moldy, Eshone, The Tsunami Bass Experience, True Nature, hosted by Mc Zulu at House of Yes [10PM/$15-20]

Third in the event series curated by the best renegade sound system in town, the Tsunami Bass Experience, and you know it’s a family affair. Boston-based dubstep pioneer Moldy has been a regular on the NYC circuit since the Dubwar days. He’s joined by Reconstrvct favorite EshOne to coheadline one of the last events ever at House of Yes. Plus sets by True Nature, the Tsunami Bass folks themselves, and hosted by the iconic voice of MC Zulu. Dubstep fans, rejoice.
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Andres, Paul Raffaele, Rinsed DJs at Cameo Gallery [12AM/$15-20]

Detroit legend Dez Andres has been playing in NYC quite a bit this last year, so if you haven’t caught him yet, fucking fix that. His immaculate blend of classic house infused with disco, hip-hop and soul is almost too tasty for words. Dog & Pony’s Paul Raffaele will bring house and disco and the recently kinda-blowin-up Rinsed DJs have a special audio-visual set of floor-oriented bass music..
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BPMLWRLVL: DJ Funeral, MYRRYRS, Mess Kid, Nire, emel, Jason Scott at Tribeca Grand [10PM/$10-15]

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SHABANGO presents EVENING GROOVES: Kroba, Hirshi, Nooka Jones, Space Jam at 25 Meadow St Rooftop [6PM-12AM/$15]

Early evening shindig on an east williamsburg rooftop, with tunes by Hirshi and Kroba of Archie Pelago, Space Jam of Turrbotax, and Nooka Jones of Percussion Lab. All these cats have super broad and interesting taste, so if you’re were hoping for 4 hours of the latest outsider house jams, too bad. 15 bucks includes all you can eat and drink, and the vibes are free.
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F.R.A.T.: False Witness, Mess Kid, Mazurbate, Whatever 21 at Steel Drums [11PM/$7-10]

If you don’t know what #KUNQ is… I’m about to do an alright job of explaining it to you. Dark, gay, hyphy club music that wears it’s vogue-house and latin influences on the sleeve. This is the shit your coworkers will never know about, and you will never try to explain to them. False Witness has been one of the sound’s early champions, as has Mazurbate, a name you might recognize from this year’s GHE20G0TH1K lineups.
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Jaw Jam, Rioux, Alex Burkat, Sophia M.A. at 285 Kent [10PM/$8-10]

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WARM UP: Julio Bashmore, Octave One, Hyetal, DJ Dodger Stadium (Samo Soundboy + Jerome LOL) at PS1 [3-9PM/$15]

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WOMPLIST 56: Elan/Obey City/Jubilee, Pantyraid, Jackmaster, Full Service & Tiki Disco at the Beach, Lit City x Qween Beat, SCI FI & Fantasy Release Party

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☆☆ ASTRO NAUTICO: Obey CIty (EP Release), Elan (Monkeytown ✈ LA), Jubilee, The Range, Paul Jones, Michael Jukeson, Tsunami Bass Sound at Freecandy [10PM/$5-10]
Obey City has been blowin up like we thought he would; his Champagne Sounds EP is coming out on Lucky Me next week, he’s become a resident on their Rinse.fm show, and dude is gettin gigs left right and center.. Between that and Astro Nautico’s recently completed kickstarter, there’s a lot to celebrate. Their second headliner, Mamiko Motto had to cancel due to medical ish, but they got an equally amazing replacement – eLan, from LA. He’s a beatmaker and keyboard player with releases on both of Modeselektor’s labels, Monkeytown and 50 Weapons. They liked him so much, they had him mix their Best of 2012 comp. And cuz great things come in threes, also guesting tonight is Jubilee, a certified Wompblog Allstar. Be it grime, miami bass, tropical or just all her favorite Rhianna tracks, Jess Jubillee only brings heat.    View Event (offsite) »

GIRLS & BOYS: Pantyraid (MartyParty & Ooah), Grandtheft, Maxiavelli, Alex English, Rekles at Webster Hall [11PM/$15]
Pantyraid (Marty Party and OOAH of the Glitch Mob) have a new LP out, Pillow Talk. Unlike Marty’s wild stylistic oscillations between releases, Pantyraid has remained true to their purple dubstep/glitch hop sound. On this release they’ve incorporated more trap elements, but that’s actually a good thing – not only are they bringing a more melodic, nuanced touch to the overdone genre of the year, but it’s also an outlet for Marty’s passionate love of dirty south rap. For more of that, check his free 5 volume Young Pimp compilation of remixes from 2005-2010.
SCI FI & FANTASY present RELEASE: Max McFerren, Blacky II, Lamin Fofana, Mayster, Grayson Revoir, Dan Wender at secret location [10-6/FREEwRSVP]
One of NYC’s most interesting weirdo-house and dance labels is celebrating their next 2 releases with an all-night warehouse party. SCIFI004 is Max McFerren’s Put Up With That single and SCIFI005 is Rinsed resident Blacky II’s Spirit of The Body EP. Check out the mix Max put together to get an idea of their style – jackin beats with heavily weaponized techno basslines aimed straight at your booty.  Location is secret so hop on that RSVP right quick before they release the info.
Rem Koolhaus, Volvox, Motion Studies at Bossa Nova Civic Club [10PM/FREE]
You can always count on Bossa Nova to have a great lineup with very little fanfare. Tonight it’s Volvox, who is the resident funky techno specialist for a/v unit Moon ii, Turrbotax resident Rem Koolhaus (who just started his own label, Peach, and their first release is great), and a DJ set from Motion Studies, a live band that makes truly delicious lo-fi house/dream-pop.
FULL SERVICE: Jack Inslee, Wreck Tech, Pool Boy 92, Mr. AOK, Jerry Jones at Rippers, Rockaways [6-10PM/FREE]
Bushwick’s long-running and highly eclectic bass music party is taking a vacay to the Rockaways. Free tunes all night long, on the beach.
DARKROOM: Niveau Zero (✈ Paris), Dave Gee, Trigon, Kase Reese, hosted by Digga Bruck Shot, sound by Tsunami Bass at Coco66 [10PM/FREE]
One of Brooklyn’s first dubstep parties returns to it’s home venue after a long hiatus. Heavy on the brostep and trap, but if that’s your jam then get into it. Sound by Tsunami Bass, so you’ll definitely be feeling it in all your crannies.


☆☆ Lit City x Qween Beat: MikeQ, MC Kevin JZ Prodigy, Vjuan Allure, Angel X, J-Cush, Durban at 285 Kent [10PM/$12-15]
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☆☆ FIXED: Jackmaster (Numbers ✈ London), Sei A, JDH & Dave P at Sullivan Room [10/$20]
WARM UP: Marcellus Pittman, Jackmaster, Dre Skull, Ratking, Rizzla at PS1 [3-9PM/$15]
Dub-Stuy presents THE ROOTS OF SOUNDSYSTEM: Downbeat The Ruler, Tommy Far East, Jah Wise, Deadly Dragon Sound System,  at the Paperbox [9PM/$15-20]


TIKI DISCO: Eli Escobar, Lloydski, Andy Pry at Playland Motel [FREE/2-10PM]

Two fresh mixes from Doctor Jeep, Mixpak.fm and EVR Gold River Show

Doctor Jeep is the future of club music. He’s got the whole heavy bass/rave throwback/jackin thing down to a science. Every track this dude makes just absolutely slays – the only problem with his tunes is that you can’t play anything after them, except another Doctor Jeep track. You’ve probably heard his collab with Tony Quattro, Forth & Seek. That’s out now on Trouble & Bass, and Jeep’s got some more tunes coming out with them soon (“Flash Area”). You can hear that and a whole shitload more amazing unreleased club music (including fresh Yolo Bear!) on these two mixes the Doctor has prescribed in the last month.

The first from a MixpakFM Session.

1. Doctor Jeep – Flash Area [Unreleased]
2. Ms Thing & Switch – Love Guide [Sequence]
3. John Roman – Petrified [Turbo]
4. Doctor Jeep – Bird of Paradise [Unreleased]
5. Trevino – Lag [Revolve:r]
6. Astronomar – H3Y I C U PERCUL8-10 [Self Released]
7. Outlander – Vamp (Wildcat Remix) [R&S]
8. Tony Quattro – Tony’s March [Unreleased]
9. Warrior One & Lady Chann – King Riddim [King Pigeon]
10. Doctor Jeep – Swirling [Unreleased]
11. DJ Jayhood & DJ Problem – Baby Got Back [Self Released]
12. French Fries – Space Alarm (Jeep’s Freak Alarm Edit) [Unreleased]
13. DJ Skeletone – Dick Deep Inside [AAMG]
14. Domimatrixx – Drive U Ha [Unreleased]
15. Manikan & Taste Tester – Back2Back [Seclusiasis]
16. DeadbeatUK – Chicago 6AM [Chip Butty]
17. Kingdom – Take Me (Mike G Remix) [Self Released]
18. Mohegan Son – Lick (SPF666 Remix) [Forthcoming #Feelings]
19. 813 – Espoir Voyage [Forthcoming Apothecary Compositions]
20. DJ Yolo Bear – Show & Tell feat. Chippy Nonstop [Unreleased]
21. Tide Eye – Untitled [Zone Def]
22. Lil Texas – Goin’ Round [Donky Pitch]
23. Durkin – Y Don’t U [Self Released]
24. Kelis – Little Suzie [Virgin]

And the second from his guestmix on Jerry JonesGold River show on East Village Radio. We had to take down the soundcloud embed at EVR’s request, but you can still listen to it over on their website.

Conqueror – Highest Order VIP [Lobster Boy]
Doctor Jeep & Tony Quattro – Torpedo [Unreleased]
Doctor Jeep – Control [Unreleased]
DJ Bark Lee – The Baltimore Jack [Free]
Champion – Lighter VIP [Formula]
Doctor Jeep – Sound Off [Unreleased]
Lobster Boy – Planet X [Lobster Boy]
DJ Tameil – Rude Boy Giddy Up [Moveltraxx]
Agent X – Decoy [Public Demand]
Doctor Jeep – Flash Area [Forthcoming Trouble & Bass]
Domimatrixx – Drive U Ha [Unreleased]
Hard House Banton & Sean Paul – Temperature vs. Sirens (The Heatwave Refix) [Free]
Doctor Jeep – Bird of Paradise [Forthcoming Trouble & Bass]
DJ Yolo Bear – Break Yo Dick [Unreleased]
French Fries – Space Alarm (Jeep’s Freak Alarm Edit) [Unreleased]
Lazerpiff – Lose My Breath [Free]
Colta & Curl Up – Breath Noise [Free]
Mariah Carey – Boy I Need You (Agent X Dutti Boy Mix) [Mercury]
Mr Dubz – Gurns Unit [Forthcoming Project All Out Records]
DJ Yolo Bear – TXT U [Unreleased]
Youngstar – Formula 2 [DDJs Productions]
DQ 1 – Underground [Hard Livin]
Destiny’s Child – Say My Name [Columbia]
Bok Bok – Silo Pass [Night Slugs]
Jammin – Kinda Funky [Bingo Beats]
Jam City – Magic Drops (AWE Bootleg) [Unreleased]
Mosca – Bax (Spooky’s Refix) [Free]
Missy Elliot – Work It (R4 Remix) [Free]
KSH & Filthy Vicars – Bazooka [Unreleased]
Wiley – Colder (Samename ‘Friends Only’ Refix) [Unreleased]
DJ K Millz – I Wanna Be Down [Free]
Musical Mob – Pulse X [Inspired Sounds]
XTC – Functions On The Low [No Hats No Hoods]

WOMPLIST 55: Reconstrvct, Grenier & XI, Ben UFO, Goth Trad, Boxcutter, Taste Tester & Hydrabadd, Mess Kid


DESCENT: Grenier, XI, Congi (US debut), Prism, Blysk at House of Yes [10PM/$20-25]
Biggest lineup yet from the Descent crew. This is the US debut of Congi, a dubstep producer from the UK, whose jazzy inflections and laid back vibes will delight anyone who enjoys Author or Phaeleh. Also headlining are future bass pioneer XI and Grenier / DJG – who also happen to be old friends, and will be doing a very special b2b. I’ve been in love with XI beats ever since I heard his scene-stealing remix of Sepalcure. And Grenier? Oh gosh. His set at reconstrvct earlier this year was one of the best I’ve ever seen; a brilliant, flawless, relentlessly energized all vinyl set of all styles of bass music. His free album, VOIDS III, is easily one of the best LPs of this year. Warming it up will be Descent founder and resident Blysk, and Boston’s dubstep virtuoso, Prism. Hit up our feature page on this event for set times and a 20% discount code on advance tickets!
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Percussion Lab x Rudimentary Records: Boxcutter (Planet Mu ✈ Ireland), Enoe, Archie Pelago, Seafloor, Braille at Cameo Gallery [12AM/$7-10]
God bless Percussion Lab. In addition to hosting one of the best mix repositories on the internet, they’re always booking the most interesting producers. This time around it’s Planet Mu’s Boxcutter, comin all the way from Ireland. Boxcutter’s early production was a worthy descendent of Aphex or Squarepusher; glitchy – at times abrasive – IDM with undeniably soul. But his scope is vast, everything from broken 2-step to Bonobo-esque funk. Opening is our favorite cello-sax-dj trio, Archie Pelago (debuting their ableton PUSH live set) and the Perclab regulars.

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BLKMARKET x Turbo Recordings: Tiga, Martyn plus Bordello at TBA [10pm-8am/$20]
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RECONSTRVCT 2ND ANNI: Youngsta, V.I.V.E.K., Amit, Surprise Guest, Kahn and Neek, Joe Nice, True Nature at the 1896 [10PM/$25-60]
I don’t think there’s ever been a bigger dubstep lineup in NYC. Reconstrvct has become an NYC institution in the last 2 years, raising the bar to a level no other bass music events can touch (tho certainly it has inspired many to try, and that’s a good thing). More than the events, Reconstrvct has built a community who are dedicated and inspired by this music. Scores of folks are bussing and flying in to NYC for this show because there’s just nothing else in the US like this. Infinite props to Luke, Scott and Joe for creating a night that truly transcends partying and has become a place as holy as anything can be in this day and age.

Oy, this lineup. Lets start with Youngsta – one of the most renounced dubstep djs, his rinse.fm show has a fanatical following, winning him Best Dj in the dubstepforum awards two years in a row now. His energetic presence and peerless mixing are unmistakable. V.I.V.E.K. Is a true giant of the scene – he crushed it at the first anniversary. He’s made too many huge tunes to even name but both sides of his latest single (and the first on his new label, System Music) Asteroids/Over My Head has long since passed anthem status. When that drops on Saturday, I’ll put money on at least 2 wheel ups.

Kahn and Neek are two of the illest producers in grime – Backchat is honestly one of the sickest tunes I’ve heard in the last year (and Chevy aint far behind). Apparently they’re getting a TWO HOUR set, so prepare to get deep. Now Amit’s a newer name to me but his tune Acid Trip has also become a reconstrvct anthem. Oh AND there’s a special surprise guest – last year that turned out to be PINCH. This year? I have a guess. Add to that the two greatest residents ever (True Nature warming it up and Joe Nice finishing it out) and a truly massive private warehouse venue, and you’ve got yrself a proper 2 year anniversary for our favorite party.
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Preconstrvct: Carter Von Pelt, Sound Liberation Front DJs at Coney Island Boardwalk & W 21st St [2-8PM/FREE]
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NICE RENDER: Taste Tester, Hydrabadd, No Eyes, The Orator, Kuato, Knomad at Actor’s Playhouse [11PM/$5-10]
Taste Tester and Hydrabadd are beat makers from Atlanta, currently on tour (check out the sweet promo mix). They’ve collaborated on a bunch of tracks, taking rnb samples and neon arpeggios and mashing them with cloud rap beats, Jersey Club, and juke. Listen to this remix they did and tell me you aren’t in love with whatever the fuck this music is. Joining them are No Eyes, with some more abstract/ambient beats, organizers The Orator and Kuato who will bring a diverse spread of bass, and personal favorite Knomad (founder of OnTheSly). All this tasty bass music, on a funktion-1 system for $5? You betcha.
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BPMLWRLVL: Ben Ufo, Different Sleep, Mess Kid, ynfynyt scroll, Emel, Jason Scott at Tribeca Grand [10PM/$10-15]
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WARM UP: A Guy Called Gerald, Ben UFO, Majical Cloudz, Daniel Avery, Roosevelt at PS1 [3-9PM/$15]
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DEEP SPACE: Goth Trad (live!), Francois K at Cielo [10PM/]
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Womplist 54: Dirtybird vs Trouble & Bass, The Range, Turrbotax, Appleblim, Ultrademon, Tiki Disco at the Beach


HOUSE-O-MATIC: Contakt, Space Jam, C-Sick, Mayster & Ben Steidel (Lemonade) at Over The Eight [10PM/FREE]
Last minute house music party from the Turrbo crew, with longtime homie Ben of Lemonade. I’ve been saying for a minute now that Over the Eight is a total gem of a venue; a low-key spot with a great back room – killer sound, and a spacious wooden dancefloor.
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BROKE CITY: The Range, D. Gookin (dj set), Sleepyhead, Figgy, Dunes at Bizarre Bushwick [10PM/FREE]
The Range is a super ridiculously dope footwork producer, who has released stuff on Donkey Pitch and Astro Nautico. Been killing it for a few years now. D.Gookin does weirdo pop singersongwriter ish, but will be spinning a DJ set – plus the residents here totally rule and it’s free.
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ULTRADEMON, SSION (dj set), Gatekeeper (dj set) at Glasslands [11:30PM/$5]
Ultrademon is known as the godfather of Seapunk – wait, don’t leave! While the internet aesthetic might be goofy, the beats kinda rule. Gatekeeper and SSION too – all three are unpredictable but thoroughly enjoyable – which is exactly what we love about Brooklyn’s psychadelic electronic scene right now.
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Fixed & Verboten: Midland, Will Saul, Appleblim, JDH at SRB Brooklyn [11PM/$20]
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 Verboten pres Trouble & Bass vs Dirtybird: Kode9, Salva, Worthy, J.Phlip, DKDS, Drop the Lime, Star Eyes, Strange VIP, Tony Quattro at Sullivan Room [10PM/$20]
THIS. Probably the best lineup we’ve seen all summer. Dirtybird is doing more than anyone to keep stateside house music funky, vital and booty-tastic. J.Phlip (mix) and Worthy (mix) will be out from California repping them. The Trouble & Bass crew always kills it – they basically define ‘killing it’. Especially that young buck Tony Quattro – last T&B party, he and Dr. Jeep had the dancefloor WILIN before 11PM. And you know we love DKDS.

Oh, and a few other huge special guests like Salva (fresh off his BBC residency) and Kode9 (he runs this label Hyperdub, you mighta heard of it). Both are certified bass music geniuses. So that’s, uh, FOUR headliners, and the best damn support lineup in NYC. Check out our full feature on the event here for all the info, a buttload of mixes and set times (if we can get em).
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WARM UP: Kode9, L-Vis 1990, Recloose, Kelela, Obey City at PS1 [3-9PM/$15]
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OPEN AIR: Cem & Rg, Arana, Pjoe, Rambo Springsteen, Arthur Shikhman, & Tano, Blysk & Valerie Molano at The DL Rooftop [2-11PM/$5-10]
All day showcase of tech house, deep house and other melty, melodic bootyshaking material.
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ALL NIGHT LONG: Joakim at Cameo [12AM/$8-10]
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MUTUAL DREAMING: Beautiful Swimmers, Blondes (live!), Terekke (live!), Jay Simon at 285 Kent [10PM/$10-15]
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DISCOVERY: Marcellus Pittman, Aaron Siegel, Free Magic & Faso at Glasslands [11:30PM/$10-15]
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TIKI DISCO: Eli Escobar, Lloydski, Andy Pry at Rippers [FREE/2-10PM]
Tiki Disco at the beach? Talk about a slam fucking dunk.
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WOMPLIST 53: Oneman, Murderbot, Fade To Mind, Dub-Stuy


ECHO CHAMBER: Chinese Man (Marseille – France), DJ DRM, Bakir, DJ Ceiba at The Paper Box [9PM/$15]
Chinese Man is a French dub/hip-hop collective – check this video for a taste of the awesome. They’ll have a few emcees as well as metric fucktons of huge beats. Support from Bakir, who runs the NYC dubstep label Tuba, DJ DRM of Bastard Jazz radio, and DJ Ceiba.
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FADE TO MIND NYC: Kingdom, DJ Ma Nguzu, Kelela, Rizzla at Steel Drums [10PM/$10]
A family lineup of artists from Fade to Mind, the US-based sister label to Night Slugs. Get ready for weird/dark/hyper club music plus a vocal r&b performance from Kelela.
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VITAMIN B: Zach Moore (SF), Tektite, Barney Iller, Tim The Enchanter at House of Yes [10PM-5AM/$10-15]
Breaks and wobbles and tech-house and burners at House of Yes. Featuring Zach Moore from SF, who runs the excellent Space Cowboys DJ collective and the RIPEcast.
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TEAM LEISURE: Space Jam, Mohegan Son, Jesse Rudoy, postApoc, Ian Hill at 49 Wyckoff Ave [10PM/FREE]
Space Jam and Mohegan Son are residents at two of Brooklyns finest bass music parties (Turbotaxx and Broke City, respectively), and they’re playing in this huge private loft. Free and directly across from the Jefferson L stop.
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GIRLS & BOYS: Goldie, Aphrodite, MC Armanni Reign, Dave Shichman at Webster Hall [11PM/$15]
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BPMLWRLVL: Ryan Hemsworth, Chrissy Murderbot, CJ Milli, That Work, Nire, Emel, Jason Scott at Tribeca Grand [10PM/$10-15]
Big ups to whoever is booking these parties; bring em in with a big name like Ryan Hemsworth and then  blow their fucking minds with juke/footwork from Chicago producer Chrissy Murderbot (aka the Carl Linnaeus of Club Music). A solid cohort of residents (including RBMA alum Nire) will play across the spectrum of bass music.

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Braille, Max Pearl, Volvox, John Barera at Bossa Nova Civic Club [10PM/FREE]
House and techno in a low key setting from a cast of really interesting selectors. Braille is half of Sepalcure but also a resident at Percussion Lab. Max Pearl is editor of Cluster Mag, John Barera runs Supply Records. Don’t really know what Volvox’s deal is but the name tends to show up in the more psychedelic company so I’m guessing he or she isn’t boring.
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RVDIOVCTIVE: Obey City, Jaw Jam, Alluxe plus Chemicals of Creation, Koolington, Sumkind at Tutus [10PM/FREE]
Two of the illest bass music producers headline at Tutus off the Morgan stop. both have been doin big things lately – Jaw Jam’s new EP on Symbols has been getting an excellent reception and lots of play, and Obey City’s label Astro Nautico just completed a kickstarter to press their first vinyl.
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EPICENTER: Overcast Radio (live!), Dubsworth and Tapa (live!), Tsunami Bass Experience (live!), Searchl1te, Rozi, hosted by MC ZULU at House of Yes [10PM/$10]
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LIT CITY RAVE: Oneman (UK), Brenmar, Brass Fergie, Durban, J-Cush at Public Assembly Loft [10PM/$10]
Whereas most headliners become famous based on a few hit tunes, Oneman has become a household name in UK bass music solely on the strength of his DJing. Not only is his mixing “techno-tight” but his selections are always a paragon of what is relevant in contemporary dance music. Support from a familiar and talented cast of Lit City fam and allies.

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WOMPLIST 51: Night Slugs/Doctor Jeep b2b Obey City/DJ Uniique, Archie Pelago/Cromie & Sage Caswell, J:Kenzo, Untold, Sepalcure, Let’s Play House


LETS PLAY HOUSE: Marcos Cabral, Bobby Browser (SF), Space Jam at Panther Room [10PM/FREEwRSVP/$10]
House music all night from NYC heavyweight Marcos Cabral and bay area producer Bobby Browser, who manages to combine guilty-pleasure piano house with a serious techno edge. Turrbotax resident Space Jam will open the night. FREE with RSVP here (you have to use the fancy facebook app, not the facebook event)
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RINSED: Sepalcure, Grown Folk, Dan Wender, Blacky II at tba [12AM/SOLD OUT]
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TIGERMILK: secret guest (Night Slugs), Dj Uniique, Obey City b2b Doctor Jeep, Kuato, The Orator at 70 N 6th St [10PM/$10-15]
A new party from Kuato (of Partyguy Records) and Nick Concklin aka The Orator designed to highlight the connections between many genres of bass music (much like this mailing list!).  Secret Night Slugs headliner is just the cherry on top (hint – it’s probably the one who lives in NYC). Ferocious jersey club/ghettotech from DJ Uniique  should be a treat; Doctor Jeep is one of our favorite bass music dj/producers (check his recent mixpak radio session), and he’s going b2b with another longtime fav, Obey City.  Plus sets from the founders – who clearly know Brooklyn bass music to have put together such a great lineup. Could this be the bass music party we’ve been waiting for?
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Percussion Lab x Turrbotax: Archie Pelago, Cromie & Sage Caswell (LA), Braille, Rem Koolhaus, Nooka Jones, C-Sick at Cameo Gallery [11PM/$7-10]
Longtime allies Percussion Lab and Turrbotax hosting Archie Pelago, our favorite DJ/cello/sax trio, and West Coast house producers Cromie and Sage Caswell, who just put out the first record on Rem Koolhaus’s PEACH label. Cromie, Sage and the Archie boys were all regulars of the ‘tax back in the Cove era, so you know it’s a family affair. Plus sets from PercLab’s Braille and Nooka Jones, and Turrbo residents C-Sick and Rem Koolhaus.
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TUBA UNDERGROUND: J:Kenzo (UK), Bakir, Prism, Rozi at tba [9PM/$15]
The first label night from TUBA, an NYC dubstep label that stays true to the sounds of the old school. Everyone playing has released tracks on TUBA – J-Kenzo is coming in from UK to headline, plus super talented Boston producer Prism. Label-head Bakir and Rozi hold down the support slots. Advance tickets are all gone but they’ll be selling at the door. Rsvp to the FB event to find out the intimate venue’s address and set times.
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BPMLWRLVL: The-Drum (Chicago), Helix, Owwwls, Nick Logistik, Nire, Emel, Jason Scott at Tribeca Grand [10PM/$10-15]
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RESOLUTE x 50 Weapons: Untold (UK), Benjamin Damage (UK), Dave Q at Output [10PM/$15]
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Kyle Hall (Detroit – Album Release Party), Scott Groves at the Panther Room [10PM/$15]
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Mister Sunday: Justin Carter & Eamon Harkin at Gowanus Grove [3-9PM/$10]
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Machine Drum juke mixtape for OAKNYC

Machinedrum just dropped a brand new mixtape for his “#1 favorite designer clothing store”, OAKNYC (hopefully he got some clean scoop neck shirts out of the deal). All jokes aside though, this mix slays; Machinedrum is a true innovator in the area of 160bpm. This one is packed to the gills with dark, rowdy chi-style footwork beats and vivisected rap samples. Things ease up in the middle with a nice dubbed out halftime section before diving even deeper into the darkness.  No tracklist, but there’s def some Rashad, some RP Boo, and some Machinedrum exclusives in there.

WOMPLIST 50: Rabit/Glacial Sound, Curses, a/jus/ted,Discovery Party, Tripletrain, Mister Sunday, Tiki Disco


BROKE CITY: Rabit (Keysound), Kuato (Partyguy Records), Sleepyhead, Mohegan Son, Dunes at Bizarre Bushwick [10PM/FREE] Broke City is the Bushwick-based, perpetually free party dedicated to unpredictable permutations of house, juke, rnb, beats, and other dope shit that doesn’t have a name yet. Special guests this week are: Rabit aka Glacial Sound, with his dark, minimal grime beats, and Kuato, founder of Partyguy records and a real connoisseur of NYC party-tastic heavy bass. Check out our feature on this event below for mixes from the guests and all the info.
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NIGHT PEOPLE: Curses, DKDS, Eli Escobar, Blu Jemz, Lloydski at Le Bain [10PM/FREE] Record release party for Drop The Lime’s techno alias, Curses. Check out the singleand his promo mix. Very different than his Trouble & Bass material. Still dark, very dancefloor oriented, just trading in the rockabilly swagger and dubstep bass for Vangelis synths and icey drums. Collaborators DKDS and Night People residents Blu Jemz, Lloydski and Eli Escobar will keep the darkness going.
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a/jus/ted at Kinfolk Studios [10PM/FREE]
Super-heavy disco all night from the a/jus/ted, the duo of 20-something Eddie Mars and Justin Strauss, a 3 decade veteran of NYC dance music. Check out their excellent june mix. This isn’t nice disco. No string arrangements or diva vocals here. Just driving basslines and extra crispy drums, perfect for dancing in dark rooms or driving all night.
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DISCOVERY: Free Magic, Faso, and Chris Costello at Glasslands Gallery [11:30/FREE]
Our favorite disco party (4 years in August!) is doing a resident night for FREE! How can this be? Their home venue, Glasslands, has just installed a big new soundsystem, which means Discovery doesn’t have to pay to bring in extra sound. And they’re passing the savings onto us. Really excited to hear the new sound there, as Glasslands will be hosting some acts that demand it later this summer (Phaeleh, Lil’ Silva and L-Vis 1990).
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POST TRACKS: Tripletrain, George McKeon b2b Adam Cohen, Simon Yi, Ex Ex Ex b2b Max Barabas, Anibal, Duntzcap at Castlebraid Rooftop [2PM-12AM/$10] 
All day rooftop danceparty in Bushwick. Buncha Brooklyn DJs spinning deep house, tech house, bass, disco, etc. The real draw for us is Brooklyn juke/footwork producers Tripletrain, who will be playing the closing set from until 12 midnite.
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Mister Sunday: Justin Carter & Eamon Harkin at Gowanus Grove [3-9PM/$10-15]
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TIKI DISCO: Andy Pry, Lloydski, Eli Escobar on Funktion-1 Sound at The Knockdown Center [2-10PM/FREE] 
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WOMPLIST 49: Dub Stuy Showcase, Temple of Bass, Tiki Disco, Kingdom, Koan Sound, Minnesota, Kuhrye-oo + UNO NYC


Arbutus x UNO After Dark: Gobby, Special Guest, Ian Isiah, Aquarian, Kuhrye-oo at 285 Kent [12AM/$10]
Gobby’s neurosis-fueled noisey techno, Ian Isiah’s sexed-slathered RnB and Aquarian’s dark dancey techno are all stellar examples of the creativity that makes Uno such an interesting label. But to these ears, it’s opener Kuhrye-oo’s genre-fucking style that is the most compelling. His superb mixes deftly navigate a maze of dark 2-step, hiphop, vocal garage, juke, and ambient, always coming back to a center of frenetic drums and emotive midrange. Dark, psychedelic club music that is all the more danceable for it’s eclectic approach. He’s up first, at midnight.
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Northside Fest: OSBOURNE plus Evan Michael, Judge Wise, T’angelo at Cameo Gallery [12AM/$7]
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SHAMELESS: 2Melo, Casey Skodnek, Barney Iller, Tinseltown at House of Yes [10-6/$10]
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DUB-STUY x Northside Indie Label Showcase: Dutty Artz, Daptone Records, Easy Star, Truth and Soul, Bastard Jazz, Liondub, 180 Proof, Electric Cowbell, Names You Can Trust, Taitu at the Paper Box [2PM-1AM/$5]
Northside fest teams up with Dub Stuy records (and their incredible soundsystem) for an all day showcase of 10 of the best indy labels in NYC. It’s a great mix of soulful dance music, both new and old. DJs from some of NYC’s finest labels selecting great classic soul, dub, funk and hip hop, plus more contemporary dance music from Wompblog regulars Dutty Artz (tropical bass), Dub-Stuy’s own Tour de Force (rootsy dubstep), and Liondub (DnB). Check out our full feature on this event for a whole bunch of superfine mixes from the lineup.
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Temple of Bass: Imagika Om, Joro Boro, The Mast, True Nature, Natasha Blank at The Knockdown Center [10-6/$20]
One of them vegan raves, with no booze and raw food vendors. Seriously though, this looks like a really well-put together event (and a lack of drunk fools is nothing to complain about). This is a REALLY well curated lineup of NYC bass music. Natasha Blank is, founder of the ecstatic yoga dance party Get your Dance On and an equal-opportunity party-rocker. True Nature of Reconstrvct, master of all things dub/dubstep/drum n bass. Joro Boro, I’ll just give you his own words here: “etnoteck, glitch-folk and post-national bass” (which I can tell you from many late nights at Rubulad, fucking kicks ass). I’ve written at length about my love for live electronica duo The Mast, and the event organizers seem to agree. Headliner Imagika Om I’m admittedly not familiar with, but sounds like some fractally tribal glitch hop. All this is happening at the Knockdown Center in Queens (don’t worry, it’s still on the L train), powered by the world-class Tsunami Bass soundsystem.
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BangOn!NYC in 3D: Koan Sound, Minnesota, Chainsmokers, LowRIDERz, Max Mischief, Alex English, Sean Glass, GIno Santos, Bekim, Lacey Youngblood, Suntalk, Golden Pony, more at tba near Montrose L [9PM-6/$25]
BangOn is like the Brooklyn-raised bastard child of EDC and Lightning in a Bottle – the lineup is leans heavily on West Coast heavy bass sounds, surrounded by carnival rides, fancy lighting and 3D projections (glasses provided), food vendors and live art, all in an air-conditioned BK warehouse. Must see acts are Koan Sound, for their exuberant, funky glitch-hop (think Tipper-meets-Bootsy) and Minnesota’s melodic, luscious lovers dubstep. Oh yeah, and they added Felix Da Housecat, for bonus name recognition/ lovers of generic festival house.
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SHADE Coast 2 Coast: Total Freedom (LA), Prince William (LA), The Carry Nation, Fatherhood at tba [12AM/$15-20]
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Kingdom, Dan Boden at The Knitting Factory [11:30PM/$12]
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TIKI DISCO: Lloydski, Andy Pry, Eli Escobar at the Panther Room Rooftop [3-10PM/$10]
Tiki Disco has exploded in popularity since it’s genesis in the backyard of Robertas 3 summers ago. Notable that they’ve done this without ever having any guest headliners – which is a testament to the way Andy Pry, Eli Escobar and Lloydki all fucking BURN IT DOWN every goddamn time. This Sunday, the summer dance party/cult will get all up in Output’s Panther Room and roof deck.
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WOMPLIST 48: Swindle/Starkey, Terrence Parker, EPROM, Kryptic Minds, Astro Nautico, Oneman, Tiki Disco, Mister Sunday


Terrence Parker, Free Magic & Faso at Cameo Gallery [12AM/$12]
Terrence Parker is the fucking truth. His high energy, raw, soulful house selections and unbelievable turntablism have made him a legend amongst legends. Watch this and this right now and tell me you aren’t blown away. And yeah, he uses a telephone headset instead of headphones. Why? Well, when you can DJ like TP, it really doesn’t matter. Discovery Party residents Free Magic & Faso warm things up with their always on-point house and disco selections.
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SUBVERSE: Kryptic Minds (UK), Asylum (UK), SNGL, Rozi, I.N.I., Max Mischief, Tsunami Bass Sound at The Paper Box [9PM/$20]
Proper UK dubstep on a proper system. The duo of Kryptic Minds pillars of the classic dubstep sound, and they’re also bringing over Asylum from the UK. Local bassweight purveyors, SNGL, Rozi (who runs the Tuba label) and Subverse-NYC residents I.N.I. and Max Mischief complete the bill. Worth noting that there’s a late night b2b Neurofunk DnB sesh scheduled between Asylum and I.N.I. All this will be booming over the famous Tsunami Bass soundsystem with 4 labhorn subs, so get ready to FEEL it.
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Astro Nautico: Jaw Jamz, CZ, Starchild & The New Romantic, plus Obey City, The Range, Michael Jukeson, Tsunami Bass Sound at Free Candy [10PM/$5wRSVP/$10]
Astro Nautico’s monthly experimental beats party in Brooklyn’s raviest parking garage/art gallery (it makes sense when you’re there). Not as familiar with this lineup so I’m not going to attempt to summarize, but Astro has become a name you can trust in underground bass music. Also featuring Tsunami Bass Sound (busy friday for those wizards!) and guest VJs for your ear and eye pleasure.
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Trouble & Bass: SWINDLE (deep medi, UK), Starkey, DJ Slow, Star Eyes, Strange VIP at Steel Drums [10PM/$10]
Swindle is a hell of a musician. He takes purple dubstep and infuses it with a triple shot of jazz-funk synth lines, which he executes brilliantly with incredible keyboard chops. His first track, Do The Jazz, changed my fucking life when I heard his label-mates Silkie & Quest drop it at Cielo last year. I’ve still never heard anything like it, except for Swindle’s other productions. Swindle’s full length record comes out later this month – stream it here. Also headlining is the exceptionally talented ‘street bass’ producer Starkey, from Philly. He’s had an incredible run of sci-fi themed albums and EPs over the last few years (Orbits being one of my favorite albums of 2012). Finally, T&B crew Star Eyes and Strange VIP will be warming up, plus special guest DJ Slow, still in town from RBMA.
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EPROM, Dubbel Dutch, Sleepyhead at Glasslands Gallery [11:30PM/$10]
Eprom has been mutating hip hop beats into delightfully monstrous bass music for 7 or 8 years now. A perfect example is his Kendrick remix, which has thoroughtly blown up in the last few weeks. His first LP, Metahuman, came out last year on Rwina Records, and earned wide praise for his glitched-out 808s and crunchy, low slung basslines. Personally, his Pipe Dream EP is still my favorite. It’s a shame that this is competing with the Starkey/Swindle show, as Starkey is actually a huge fan of Eprom’s; listen to him gush over some classic Eprom here (“you can’t play anything after this!”). Excellently chosen support acts, too – Dubbel Dutch always tears it down with his turbo-tropical club jams, and Broke City resident Sleepyhead is quite an accomplished bass music producer and DJ in his own right.
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DARK DISCO: Oneman, Jayceeoh, CRNKN, DKDS at 88 Palace [11PM/$15]
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Flinch, Infuze, Subset at Webster Hall Basement [11PM/$10/19+]
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TIKI DISCO: Eli Escobar, Lloydski, Andy Pry at The Knockdown Center [FREE/2-10PM]
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CLASSIC ALBUM SUNDAYS: Massive Attack – Blue Lines listening party at the Panther Room [1-4PM/$15]
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MISTER SUNDAY: Justin Carter and special guest Desiree West at Gowanus Grove [1-4PM/$10]
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WompList 47: Reconstrvct/Outlook Launch, Mosca, Krampfhaft/Gaslamp Killer, XXXY, Chaisley Lussier, A Tribe Called Red, Ray Keith


TOP PICK  Gaslamp Killer, Edan (all vinyl DJ set), FaltyDL, Nick Hook, Krampfhaft at Music Hall of Williamsburg [9PM/$15]
GLK is an incredibly high energy performer, viciously mashing crunk hip hop beats, psychadelia, ecstatic middle eastern music and all manner off voodoo via turntables and live controllers. But the real star here is Krampfhaft, who is playing first at 9:30. It’s a special treat to see this guy, as he’s only in town as an RBMA participant before returning to Europe. His necksnapping, lazer-baked beats fuse wonky, juke, and 808 music into something that is clearly from the future. In fact, it was one of his tracks that got DJ shadow kicked off the decks in Miami for being “too future”. Check out his last three EPs – they just keep getting better. Quite frankly I’m terrified of what he’s gonna make next. Also on the bill is Edan doing an all vinyl hip hop DJ set, and NYC gems FaltyDL and Nick Hook.
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RBMA Closing Room 1: Legowelt, Beautiful Swimmers, Marcos Cabral, Ron Morelli / Room 2:Kerri Chandler, Bookworms, Willie Burns, more at Output [8PM/$15adv]
Main room is a L.I.E.S. label night while the side room hosts Mosca, Kerri Chandler, Mathew Jonson and RBMA allstars. Live house/techno showcase from 7-10 is only $10, while door will be 20-30 later.
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GOOD LOOKS NY: Chaisley Lussier, Bass Control, Narkatta, at Lilium (Funktion-1 Sound) [10PM/FREEwRSVP]
Lilium is a club in the W hotel. Yes, there’s bottle service, but more importantly, there are good DJs. Chaisley Lussier has impeccable taste in UK bass, Narkatta plays glitch-hop, and Bass Control is electro/progressive house. 2 outta 3 aint bad! Could be a good choice if you have friends that you can never convince to come to BK.
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RINSED: XXXY, Jaw Jam, Paul Raffaele, Dan Wender, Blacky II at tba [12AM/$20adv]
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RECONSTRVCT XIII Outlook Launch Party: Author (live), Cyrus, Seven, Jack Sparrow, Ruckspin, Joe Nice, True Nature, Selector Joseph Demension at tba [10PM/$30]
Words can’t describe what a huge deal this is, but I’ll try anyway. Reconstrvct is the best party in Brooklyn; 100% independent, underground and uncompromising. Their lineups are always massively stacked; this one is mountainous. They got the best renegade sound system in NYC (Tsunami Bass), recently upgraded to 40,000 watts of the warmest, cleanest bass I’ve ever heard. Add to that that this is the NYC/US launch party for Outlook, the world’s best bass music festival. People are coming hundreds of miles for this. If you really want to get an understanding, read my previous writeups of the headliners Author, and of Outlook Festival, or check out the featured event page, loaded with mixes and tunes from the stellar lineup.
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A Tribe Called Red, Zuzuka Ponderosa, Jubilee at Glasslands [11:30PM/$12]
A Tribe Called Red is a trio that blends native american music with club music and hip hop to great effect. One of the most interesting live electronic acts I’ve heard about in a minute. Joining them is ridiculously energetic funk carioca emcee, Zuzuka Ponderosa, and the hardest working DJ in BK, Jubilee. 
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DISCOVERY: San Soda plus Free Magic, Faso at Tba Brooklyn 395 Wythe Ave [10PM/$10]
One of our favorite house and disco parties, featuring a very special guest from Belgium. 
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Summer Sundays: Tony Quattro, Flubba, Cream Dream, Futurenegade, DIRTYBoogie, grill by Cobra Krames at MTHR Inc 1189 Myrtle Ave [5PM/FREE]
If you like underground dance music in NYC, then Tony Quattro, Flubba and Cream Dream are three names you should be paying attention to. Fresh house and bass music. 
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DUBPLATE DREAD LABEL LAUNCH: Ray Keith, Db, Golden Child b2b Sblendid, emcees Jamalski & Trac at the Panther Room [8PM/$10]
Ray Keith and DJ DB, both Drum n Bass legends, launching a new label at Output’s panther room. Just $10, in the side room at Output.
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Mister Sunday: Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin at Gowanus Grove [3-9PM/$10]
Beautiful house music in a beautiful grove on the water. Great vibes all damn day.
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LEWIS JAMES mix for Original Cultures + Krakatoa EP

Dope dope dope dope fucking beats from Lewis James, an Irish producer based in Amsterdam. His  KRAKATOA EP came out last week on Original Cultures, and here’s a mix celebrating it. Largely his productions, as well as tracks by Submerse, Ital Tek, Clicks and Whistles, EAN and Mr. Carmack to tie it all together – damn fine company. While the EP tracks are great, I think the ordering does them a disservice – the first two (Million Dollar Lady and Mr. Cannibal BBQ) don’t grab me nearly as much as the last three. But in the mix, they all really shine – you can really feel the energy and focus Lew put in to these tracks seeping out.

Like contemporaries Eprom, Desto, and Doshy, Lewis James has been producing crunked-out mutant 808 tracks since way before the whole trap thing blew up.  But such base(d) comparisons sell short what Lewis James does in the studio. This is some neon hyphy bitcrushed gangster shit. His 2012 Heavy Romance EP (which featured the best album art of the year) was full of fantastic ideas and great moments; the slap bass on Everything, the sample chopping over gritty bass on Only Me. But the new EP shows a lot of growth. It all just sounds more urgent, more self-assured – cleaner, tighter and far more deadly for the dancefloor.

LEWIS JAMES Xclusive Mix by Mixology on Mixcloud

The whole – Lewis James
Algorithms and Ghosts – Submerse
Cant Believe – Clicks and Whistles
Fire (No Payroll) – Mr. Carmack
All or Nothing – Lewis James
Wrinkle Free – Lewis James
Vesuvius – Lewis James
Burnt – EAN
Powerchild – Lewis James
Powerchild (EAN Remix) – Lewis James
Hyper Real – Ital tek
All Your Demons – Lewis James

Two fresh mixes from Goth Trad

Two fresh promo mixes from Goth-Trad, one of the most innovative producers working at 140. Seriously. I know the word ‘innovative’ gets abused more than any other descriptor in music journalism, but nobody deserves it more than Goth-Trad.

The first is just 20 minutes, and definitely a production showcase. It includes both tracks off his forthcoming Deep Medi single (Behind the Glass/Born to Know) as well as the best cuts off his New Epoch LP and his gorgeous Submotion Orchestra remix.

The second mix is promo for his Friday appearance at London club Fabric. More representative of his DJ sets, this one is packed with VIPs and deep cuts from his catalog as well as a handful of tracks from other producers. At 48 minutes, it’ll leave you wanting more, but you’ll have a great sense of what his performances are like.

Well, sort of. I just heard that the next time GT comes through the states, he’ll be playing a live hardware set. Who’s gonna book him? Deep Space, round 3? Reconstrvct surprise guest? Subverse? The Bunker???? Can’t wait to find out.

Goth Trad – Exclusive Licked Beatz Promo Mix by Lickedbeatz on Mixcloud

Behind The Glass – GOTH-TRAD & Ruckspin
The Gmabia – Mensah
Suffer Not (Goth-Trad Remix)- Submotion Orchestra
Man in The Maze – Goth Trad
Anti Grid – Goth Trad
Born to Know – Goth Trad
New Epoch – Goth Trad

01. Techno Animal – Intercranial
02. GOTH-TRAD – Grind (dub)
03. Plastikman – Ask Yourself [Sleeper Remix] (dub)
04. GOTH-TRAD – Meteor (dub)
05. KARMA – Meanings (dub)
06. GOTH-TRAD – Cut End VIP (dub)
07. Pampidoo – Synthesizer Voice [GOTH-TRAD Remix VIP] (dub)
08. DUBTRO – Printed Mental (dub)
09. GOTH-TRAD – Airbreaker
10. ENA – Drop (dub)
11. GOTH-TRAD & RUCKSPIN – Behind The Glass (dub)
12. GOTH-TRAD – Axis (dub)
13. DUBTRO – Blue World (dub)
14. KARMA – Neon Trail (dub)
15. GOTH-TRAD – Born To Know (dub)
16. ENA – inutility
17. Fis – Steeper
18. Danny Scrilla – Fallout [GOTH-TRAD Remix]
19. GOTH-TRAD – Metropolis (dub)
20. GOTH-TRAD – Untitled (dub)
21. Lea Lea – Black or White [GOTH-TRAD Remix]
22. Andy Stott – Execution

Win Tickets to See Kryptic Minds in NYC

Win 2 tickets to see the formidable Kryptic Minds on their first-ever US tour alongside Asylum at Subverse in New York City on June 7th

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Highonbeats.com is running a twitter and fb contest to win tickets. Obviously, this is a top pick on our calendar. Nice lineup and sound by Tsunami Bass. Those new labhorn subs of theirs are gonna get a WORKOUT.

Womplist 45: Distal, Broke City, Juan Atkins, Keith Edward, Zombie Nation, L-Vis 1990, Detroit Swindle


Distal, Owen Howells, Dave Q, Nooka Jones at Cameo Gallery [12AM/$7]
Distal is a fantastically talented producer out of Atlanta. Constantly pushing genre boundaries with his own work, and with the output of his label, Embassy, he’s come to embody “bass music” for me. Owen Howells is also producer and label owner from the UK, specializing in house and techno. Check his feature mix for percussion lab, who are also providing Nooka Jones as support. The addition of Dave Q, founder of Dub War and relentless advocate of futuristic bass music, makes this show an incredible deal for less than $10.
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GET NAKED: Beto Cravioto plus Andy Pry, Keith Edward at 594 Union [10PM/FREE]
Beto Cravioto is a resident of the Kaviar Disco Club parties. He’s been getting a lot of  bookings lately thanks to his well-received release on Plant Music, and solid abilities selecting disco and deep house. Keith Edward and Andy Pry are both fucking awesome DJs. Keith is also a beatmaker (you might have heard his recent work on Stones Throw) and vinyl purist, with incredibly deep crates of disco, house, funk and soul records. His mixing is as tight as it gets. Andy Pry is one of three residents of the wildly successful Tiki Disco party. Their mix of everything from tech house to nu disco to classic hip hop has become synonymous with summertime in Brooklyn. With any luck, this party might too.
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BROKE CITY: Body Language (dj set), BFG, Michael Jukeson, plus Sleepyhead, Figgy, Dunes at Bizarre Bushwick [9:30PM/FREE]
Body Language blew up from the Brooklyn DIY scene with many tentacles of awesomeness; their better-than-the-original indie pop remixes have gained them a wide net of supporters, while their output as a band making indie-ish feelgood slow disco has also been incredibly solid. They’ll be DJing house, techno and disco and also debuting a live side featuring members of the band. Astro Nautico resident Michael Jukeson also guest DJs, reciprocating when the Broke City residents took over Astro in April. And as always, the Broke City residents Sleepyhead, Figgy and Dunes are all stupid talented producers in their own right, making this party an absurd deal at free.ninetynine.
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Juan Atkins, Contakt at Cameo Gallery [12AM/$17-20]
Techno is one of the few genres whose origin can be acurately traced to a specific time, place and group of 3 friends. Juan Atkins is part of that Holy Trinity, and that’s as far as this metaphor is gonna go. If you crave raw, unadulterated Detroit techno, then there’s nothin better. Opening up is Turrbotax founder Contakt, who also grew up in Detroit, playing techno.
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MIDNIGHT ZERO: ZOMBIE NATION, L-VIS 1990, Dubbel Dutch, Physical Therapy at Steel Drums [11PM/$10]
Steel Drums, the north Brookyln warehouse venue, has apparently gotten a makeover, and tonight are hosting a massive lineup. Just today they announced the surprise headliner ZOMBIE NATION, of Kernkraft 400 fame. Since his breakout hit in 99, he’s stayed busy, and true to his dark, saturated sound. Hopefully he’s playing one of his famed MPC live sets. Founding Night Slug L-Vis 1990 would have been headliner enough. Joining him is Mixpak boss Dubbel Dutch, who always brings the house down with manic, crunked-out tropical bass, and local techno DJ Physical Therapy.
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Nautiluss, James Friedman, Paul Raffaele at Cameo Gallery BASEMENT [10PM/FREEwRSVP]
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BODY TALK: Detroit Swindle, Evan Michael, Nooka Jones & Vinyla at Le Bain [9-3/FREE]
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Squarepusher plays pyro (Endless Flamethrower Mix)

Squarepusher mixing an hour of his own tunes, from across his discography. The theme here seems to be bleepy, sped up nintendo-esque melodies over his signature low-key breakcore percussion.

You can catch Squarepusher live at LPR Tuesday, July 9th.

“This mix, following on from Instantium Hardphace last year, is the second of a series of what I call ‘horizontal slices.’ The idea is that there are several long running ‘themes’ in my work -in other words, groups of pieces across time that partake of some kind of stylistic commonality. So whilst any given group will draw from nearly twenty years of releases, it will have an aesthetic unity that individual albums have often shunned. Of course, it’s up to the listener to make sense (or otherwise) of what that aesthetic may be!” – Tom Jenkinson, March 2013

“Rotate Electrolyte” / Hello Everything (2006)
“Planetarium” / Hello Everything (2006)
“Ultravisitor” / Ultravisitor (2004)
“Welcome To Europe” / Hello Everything (2006)
“I Wish You Could Talk” / Go Plastic (2001)
“PSultan (Squarepusher remix)” / Chaos A.D. (1998)
“Port Rhombus” / Port Rhombus e.p. (1996)
“Tetra-Sync” / Ultravisitor (2004)
“Tommib” / Go Plastic (2001)
“Theme From Ernest Borgnine” / Feed Me Weird Things (1996)

Womplist 44: Duke Dumont, Detroit Swindle, The CLAW ft Kelela & RP Boo, PBR Streetgang, Dark Disco


FORM & SUBSTANCE: Projection Mapping in Contemporary Art, music by Archie Pelago, Braille, Nooka Jones, more at Gowanus Ballroom [10PM/$10]
Projection Mapping has had a profound impact on dance music visuals in the last few years. Amon Tobin’s ISAM was many people’s first exposure to it, but there are hundreds of other practitioners of this nascent art form. Form + Substance is an art show happening this weekend, featuring 19 such artists with 26 projection-mapped works on display. The event takes place in the Gowanus Ballroom, a massive alternative art space. Curated by Percussion Lab founder Brian Blessinger (amongst others), the event will also feature music from PercLab resident DJs Nooka Jones and Praveen Sharma, plus a live set from your favorite cello/DJ/sax trio, Archie Pelago. If you’re ready for the next next level visual shit, this is the place to be.
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PBR Streetgang, Mateo, Evan Michael, Judge Wise, T’Angelo at Cameo Gallery [12AM/$10]
PBR Streetgang are the funkiest. Seriously, listen to this cut right now, and try not to shit when the Missy vocal comes in. A DJ and production duo from the UK, they frequently get labelled as house, or nu-disco. And while they certainly encompass those sounds, and embrace them in their DJ sets, it’s their funk which distinguishes them productions from a sea of meh competitors. Show starts at midnight, so they’ll probably go on around 2.
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RBMA x DARK DISCO: Metro Area, Bok Bok b2b L-Vis 1990, Gerd Janson at 88 Palace [$15/11PM]
Mean Red’s Dark Disco. With a lil help from RBMA, Mean Red has brought out 3 headlining acts for Dark Disco. Top billin is a a live set from Metro Area, the first performance in 10 years from house/disco duo of Morgan Geist and Darshan Jesrani. Gerd Janson is headliner #2, also a house/disco dude from Berlin, where he was a resident at Panorama Bar, so that’s insta-cred for all you rave snobs out there. It’s deserved; check his recent BR set, some serious funk and soul in his house. But what really puts this over the top is a b2b set from Bok Bok and L-Vis 1990, founding members of Night Slugs. Their grimey approach to raw techno and jackin house helped bring about a revitalization in UK dance music in the post dubstep diaspora in 2009. Both are certified ace djs, and they help run one of the most exciting labels out there; that means a blistering set full of shit you won’t hear anywhere else for another 6 months.
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Drop Electric, The Mast, Psychic Twin at Knitting Factory [8PM/$7]
Three vocal-centric live electronic acts play an early show at the Knit. Mostly we’re listing this cuz The Mast is playing, an absurdly talented live electronic duo of vocalist Haale and percussionist/producer Matt Kilmer. Haale has a voice unlike anything I’ve ever heard – phenomenally powerful, nuanced, and hypnotic quality that pairs so well with Matt’s gorgeous, deft beats (both sequenced and live). Reminiscent of the Knife, Massive Attack or Bjork, while maintaining their own distinct, moody groove.
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TRIBES WKND EDITION: Dan Wender b2b Blacky II, Flubba bb Don Clark, Tony Quattro b2b Matt FX, Ishi b2b Gutterman, Gizmo b2b Sophie M.A., Dunes b2b Sleepyhead, Rlly Tho at 1040 Metropolitan [10PM/$10]
No headliners, just a good ole fashioned till-dawn warehouse rager helmed by residents from some or the best damn underground parties in NYC. We got the home team Tribes crew, Matt FX, Sophie M.A. and Ishi, then Dunes and Sleepyhead reppin Broke City, Dan Wender and Blacky II of Rinsed fame, and Flubba and Don Clark from the mighty Bass Squad. RSVP gets you a drink ticket and reduced admission before 1.
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James Blake, FaltyDL, Obey City at AMNH [9PM/$25]
James Fucking Blake at the Museum of Natural Fucking History – not a bad date, right? Plus FaltyDL, who will be awesome whether he’s playing live or spinning records, and Astro Nautico resident, Obey City.
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Lit City x Fade To Mind: Mystery Guest Headliners, RP BOO (NYC debut), Tink (live PA), Total Freedom, J-Cush, Durban, TCJ at 285 Kent [10PM/$10]
The mystery is over… top billed headliner is the new ghetto bass triforce of Total Freedom, Nguzunguzu and Kingdom, calling themselves THE CLAW, they will have a special 3 hour set featuring vocalist Kelela. However, we’re most excited about RP Boo, whose aggressive, innovative sampling style was instrumental in transforming late 90s ghetto house into what we now know as footwork and juke. His first LP, appropriately titled Legacy! is dropping in 3 days on Planet Mu. Also on is a live PA from up-n-coming Chi-town R&B star, Tink.
Set times:
9-11 Lit City Residents – TCJ, DURBAN and J-CUSH
2-230 TINK
230-4?? RP BOO
4??-5?? ?????????SURPRISES
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FIXED: Duke Dumont plus JDH & Dave P at Le Poisson Rouge [11PM/$10]
Duke Dumont is blowin up right now – he’s one of the only dance artists in recent memory to have a #1 hit on the UK charts, with the unstoppably catchy Need You (100%). But its not that surprising; Dumont initially made his name pounding out legitimately banging club remixes of pop tunes (exhibit A: his 2006 Missy remix), so he knows a thing or two about catchy vocal hooks. Initially working within a more fidget/electro style, Dumont has capitalized on the current house insanity in the UK. Duke Dumont goes on at 1AM, while residents JDH & Dave P, just back from playing Coachella, open and close the night.
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DISCOVERY: Detroit Swindle, Dirt Crew, Free Magic & Faso at Glasslands [11:30/$10]
Discovery is bringing out Detroit Swindle, a house music duo from Berlin who have been quietly blowing up across the pond. Channeling a lifelong love of motown and soul through their drum machines, their productions keep things on more restrained, deep house tip, But their live sets will get you loose as hell. Also on the bill is Dirt Crew label boss Break 3000. Discovery Party residents Free Magic + Faso will be warming things up, and Glasslands will be looking and sounding better than ever. Not only are they bringing in serious sound reinforcement, but the new programmable lighting installation (that has replaced the cloud) will be in full effect.
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Night Vision 003: Special Guest Headliner TBA, Bass Squad DJs at The DL [9PM/$10]
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Mister Sunday Opening Party: Justin Carter & Eamon Harkin at Gowanus Grove [3-9PM/$10wRSVP]
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WompList 43: IDLE02, Kastle, Low Limit, a/jus/ted, Beats Antique, Supply Records


ASTRONAUTICO: Low Limit, Time Wharp, Dreams, Obey City, Paul Jones, Michael Jukeson at Free Candy [10PM/$5wRSVP]
Experimental beats label Astronautico’s monthly party is a mainstay of this list. Partly, it’s the badass space, partly the proper sound, but mostly, its the bookings. Consistently showcasing the most exciting North American experimental bass music is what has made Astronautico a crucial part of the NYC underground. This time, they feature the cleverly named Time Limit tour, comprised of Low Limit and Time Wharp. Both have a successful history with wonky beats, but the collaborative promo mix they put out leans more towards acid house and weird, energetic berlin techno. Also on the bill is up and coming beatmaker Dreams. His productions explore the RnB/future beats territory made popular by Shlohmo, but seethe with an urgency you don’t typically associate with that sound. Hoping for a fiery set from this one.
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Kastle (live!), Knxwledge at 285 Kent [8PM/$12]
Kastle is a major force in stateside bass music. As both a label head, (he runs Symbols recordings) and a producer, he specializes in lush, intricate and often emotional club tunes. Rarely is a Symbols release solidly one genre; more often its somewhere in a Venn diagram of house, garage, futuristic rnb (but it always has amazing art, thanks to Joyce Su). Kastle’s utterly fantastic LP dropped last week, and this is one of the first stops on his tour in support of the album AND the debut of his live show. As someone with extremely high standards for both his music and his label, I’m thinking his live set is gonna be top notch. Also playing is super prolific dusty beatmaker Knxwledge.
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SUPPLY RECORDS RELEASE PARTY: Taimur, Max Pearl, John Barera at Bossa Nova Civic Club [10PM/FREE]
Celebrating the release of SUPPLY 005, B-Tracks Flightless EP. Supply Records boss John Barera has invited BLKMARKET founder & resident Taimur and cluster mag editor & eclectic DJ Max Pearl to join him in playing some tunes at the Bossa Nova Civic Club. BNCC has a great soundsystem, no cover and one of the lowest incidences of douches per capita of any club in NYC (and they have Club Mate!)
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IDLE 02: Rrose (live!), Prism House (live!), Dave Q, Dustmite, Max Von Cannon at TBA [10-5/$15]
IDLE is the second in a series of collaborative AV events put on by Reconstrvct and BigUp magazine (two of the most trustworthy names in bass music). Essentially a massive art show (this time featuring Kahori Maki, whose work is MINDBLOWING) with music from a host of experimental bass music acts with a heavy emphasis on a/v shows. But IDLE elevates that to a sumptuous sensory experience via their discerning curation, top notch production design, venue choice and the best sound in town (Tsunami Bass, duhhhh). Dense, mysterious techno from Rrose, wildly experimental live beats from Prism House, a set from NYC’s leading bass music futurist (and Dub War founder) Dave Q, and more. Venue is ONLY announced to advanced ticket holders, so go cop those before it’s too late.
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Record Release Party: a/jus/ted with Jeremy Glenn LIVE at Kinfolk Studios [10PM/FREE]
a/jus/ted is the duo of Eddie Mars (aka Teddy Stuart) and Justin Strauss. United by their love of analogue disco production, what makes them so interesting is that they’re separated by a dozen generations of clubbers. Justin Strauss is an NYC institution, with 3 decades of NYC nightlife experience, who has played literally everywhere. Eddie Mars is a young gun, who has already produced and remixed for labels like UNO and DFA, and before that had 4 years experience throwing epicly dark, sweaty Vietcong Disco loft parties. Tho it’s just one 12”, they clearly have a synergy as a production team – as their record clearly shows. A shimmering, vital, timeless piece of disco.
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Beats Antique, Russ Liquid at Brooklyn Bowl [8PM/$15]
Beats Antique have carved out a unique sound, marrying party-starting glitch-hop beats with live musicianship. Fiddle and mandolin riff off sequenced and live drums (and often a host of bellydancers) creating a gypsy crunk vibe that goes over really well with the Burner and Bisco scenes. Support from west coast producer Russ Liquid, who has really distinguished himself from the field with his slyly funky, heavily textured, sinuous, intricate beats.
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RBMA x The Bunker: Andy Stott, Atom TM, Objekt, Octo Octa, Patrick Pulsinger, Kloke, Smax at Public Assembly [10PM-6AM/$20]
Buncha dudes playin really good techno.
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AUTHOR: Forward Forever Mix 2013

Author, the production duo of Jack Sparrow and Dom Ruckspin, have been relatively quiet until this week. They just announced that their second full length album will be dropping on Black Box on June 24th (tracklist below). You can hear the first single here, and they’ve put together a phenomenal new live mix with a bunch of tunes from their new album. No tracklist, but it sounds like 100% original tunes. NYC heads will recall their incredible live PA set at Reconstrvct Outlook Launch Party in June of last year.

Their first LP came out at the end of 2011 on Tectonic, establishing their incredibly cohesive, jazz-drenched, smoked-out sound.  If this mix is any indication, their new material stays firmly rooted in their successful formula. But as you get into the middle third, the vibe gets weirder and deeper, dipping into some dark, mystical, ecstatic territory hinted at in the midst of their previous live sets.

Author Forward Forever LP Tracklist:

1. After Time feat. Quark
2. In The Sky feat. Jehst & Stig of the Dump
3. Innovate
4. My Only
5. Chant feat. June Miller & Rider Shafique
6. Gathered feat. Quantum Soul
7. On The Boil feat. Quantum Soul
8. Paint By Numbers feat. Quark
9. Jah Live feat. Dan Man
10. Roman feat. Quark
11. Take The Bridge Home
12. Keep Moving feat. Rider Shafique

DJ Madd Roots & Future Podcast 1

DJ Madd, one of Europe’s leading dubstep selectors, bringing you 43 minutes of rootsy, dubwise tunes. Horns a plenty, guitar upstrokes, bouncy basslines and just the right amount of vocals keep the vibes uplifting. There’s hot tunes of the moment (Badman City) alongside modern classics (Goth-trad’s Cut End or Caspa & Rusko’s King George). The mix finishes off with Mungo’s Hifi  – International Roots (LD Remix) a perfect example of the “Roots & Future” aesthetic – lacing lovely vocals and organic, syncopated drums with just a touch of purple synths. With any luck, this will be the first of many more installments to this series, as it’s one of my favorite directions in the dubstep diaspora.

Hungarian-born but now based in the UK, Madd has been cranking out quality releases on venerated labels like Osiris, Black Box and Wheel & Deal since ’08, and has been a staple on the festival circuit for the last several years.

Womplist #41: Amon Tobin, VIVEK, Tunnel Vision, Dj Ripley, Easy Star Allstars, Turntable Lab Record Store Day

Everyones’ favorite holiday brings a variety of mind-expanding shows. Easy Star Allstars dub out the BK Bowl tonight, while Mike Servito and Nooka Jones throw down top-shelf house and techno at Cameo. Saturday, Turntable Lab has huge lineup of killer in-store performances all day in honor of Record Store Day. Amon Tobin is gonna take some heads off at LPR, while DJ Ripley cools out Bushwick and Dave Q presents experimental film + electronic music pairings at Indie Screen. Monday there’s VIVEK at Deep Space; system sound for system people indeed. And Wednesday, catch Turrbotax resident Space Jamz kicking off the inaugural Lunch Beat NYC in the flatiron.

Quick note that  I’m changing up the titling a bit this week, so that these blog posts more closely match the email blasts, since they’re almost the exact same content. Also, Weekend Womp Forecast was a terrible name.  Onward!


Easy Star Allstars, John Brown’s Body at Brooklyn Bowl [8PM/$15]
The Easy Star Allstars have made a name for themselves doing next-level dub covers of classic albums. They’ve remade Dark Side of The Moon, Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, and Radiohead’s OK Computer – all pretty stoney albums to begin with – to be even more irie than the originals. Which is no small feat. But the real accomplishment here is that these don’t sound like covers at all; more like the same album from an alternate dimension.The Allstars are comprised of top-notch session players and produced by the deft hand of Ticklah, aka Victor Axelrod (who is also a founding member of The Dap-Kings and Antibalas).
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Mike Servito, Nooka Jones, Air Zaire at Cameo Gallery [12AM/$12]
Mike Servito and Nooka Jones are two of the best resident DJs in NYC for house and techno. While Mike is the definitive old guard, with nearly 20 years behind the decks (the last 10 as a resident for The Bunker, NYC’s seminal techno party), Nooka is the new-school poster boy. Initially coming up as an intern for Percussion Lab a few years back, Nooka has quickly shed the young-gun descriptors to become known primarily for his stellar mixing and diverse selections. If you’re looking for trendy shit, look elsewhere.
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RECORD STORE DAY: FaltyDL, DJ Ayres, Eli Escobar, Justin Strauss, Dope Shoes, many more at Turntable Lab [10AM-8PM/FREE]
Turntable Lab has an epic lineup of in store performances for Record Store Day, featuring some of NYC’s best dance music selectors. Check your local twitter listings and their website tomorrow for set times, or watch the livestream online.
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TUNNEL VISION: Raz Mesinai, Ikue Mori, Howse, David Linton at IndieScreen [9:30/$10wRSVP]
A unique event put together by Dub War founder Dave Q, exploring the intersection of experimental film and bass music, at the Indie Screen cinema (next to Glasslands). Tunnel Vision will feature a variety of shorts as well as 4 longer works will be shown on the main screen, with live electronic scores performed on the exquisite Tsunami Bass Soundsystem. Definitely not your standard club night.
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Amon Tobin (DJ Set) at Le Poisson Rouge [11PM/$20]
While Amon Tobin has been turning heads of the last 2 years with his phenomenal ISAM a/v show, his DJ sets are pretty mind-blowing in their own right, as his 2003 live album will attest. His dynamic sets are furious mix of classics from his extensive discography, deep cuts of weirdo drum-n-bass, and smattering of contemporary heavyness. I’ve seen him several times and can say with confidence that his sets never disappoint.
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COOL OUT: DJ Ripley (all-vinyl dancehall set), Max Pearl, Regent Street, Oliver Rivard at Bushwick Kitchen [11PM/FREE]
A rocksteady, ska and dubwise party, featuring an all-vinyl set from DJ Ripley. Can’t say enough good things about Ripley. Not only is she an absurdly talented DJ (check the mixes. seriously.) and a freshly minted member of Dutty Artz, she’s also a righteous legal scholar, educator and activist. Her twitter and blog are must-reads if you ever think about the intersections of gender, race and class as they pertain to the dancefloor. And if you don’t, WAKE THE FUCK UP! Shit matters.
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Weekend Forecast: Traxman + DJ Deeon, Egyptrixx, Bonobo, Christian Martin, Jubilee, Gerd


TOP PICK  LIT CITY RAVE: DJ Deeon, Traxman, Dubbel Dutch, J-Cush, Durban at The Rink [10PM/$12]
Lit City is back in NYC for the first time since New Years, and boy are they going hard. First off, it’s the NYC debut of DJ Deeon, who has been pushing Chicago’s ghetto house sounds since ‘94 – he’s one of the true originators and innovators. But they’re also bringing out Traxman, another Chicago footwork legend. His Da Mind of Traxman LP on Planet Mu last year was a shoe-in for year end lists, and a turning point in visibility for the sounds of chicago footwork. Also on the bill, Mixpak’s Dubbel Dutch, who knows a thing or two about makin motherfuckers dance at high tempos, and Lit City residents J-Cush and Durban. Back at 285 Kent – bring earplugs, it will get loud.
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Egyptrixxx, Evan Michael, T’Angelo, Judge Wise at Cameo Gallery [12AM/$7]
Toronto’s Egyptrixxx is back in NYC, with his “celestial club music”. Pulling from techno, drone and even pop motifs, Egyptrixxx obliterates your expectations of what can be done with a 4×4 format. Expect an extremely danceable set full of unexpected textures, tension and a complete lack of trendy bullshit.
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Christian Martin (Dirtybird) plus Chris Love, AB Logic, Chris Patrick + Joe Pompeo at Cielo [10PM/$15]
Christian Martin is one of the founders of Dirtybird, the label that has single handedly fomented a San Francisco funky tech house revival. Supported by the SOUP crew, who normally hold it down at Sullivan Room, this is a party for people serious about gettin their dance on.
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BONOBO, Nickodemus, Wiseacre at Public Assembly [12AM/$10]
The demigod of downtempo, Bonobo, is playing 2 shows tonight in support of his new LP, The North Borders. The first, at Webster Hall, is totally sold out, but he has a late DJ set at Public Assembly with limited tickets available at the door. I’ve had the pleasure of catching Bonobo twice in the last year, and his DJ sets are energetic and danceable, infused with his uber-smooth jazz and trip hop sensibility, but still sounding totally current for a 2013 dancefloor.
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DISCOVERY: Gerd plus Free Magic & Faso at Glasslands [12AM/$10]
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Lit City & Bandshell Present: Brenmar, Total Freedom, Rizzla, J-Cush at 285 Kent [12AM/$10]
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NIGHT PEOPLE: Jubilee, Eli Escobar, Lloydski, Blu Jemz at Le Bain
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Archie Pelago live at Glasslands for Discovery Party March 9, 2013

A recent live set from the Archie Pelago, recorded live at Glasslands for Discovery Party on  March 9. One of the reasons I love these dudes so much is their versatility. You could say that’s by design; the trio is a DJ (Dan Hirshorn) and two live musicians (Zach Koeber on Saxaphone and Greg Heffernan on Cello) which gives them a lot of range, stylistically.

But it’s also by choice. A week before this set was recorded, I saw them at Freecandy where their set was largely 160 bpm stuff – juke, jungle and the like. That feel was perfect for the Astronautico party, which leans towards the experimental edges of bass music. Then they turn around and play an almost all-house set (with a fucking awesome techno curveball from Randomer towards the end) for Discovery. Judging by how the whole crowd was dancing, it was the right choice.  Enjoy.

Archie Pelago – Live at DISCOVERY March 2013 by Discovery Recordings on Mixcloud

Throwing Shade (dub) – Distal
The BDA (Archie Pelago BFA Remix) – Aoim & Meveo
Madame Suede Nightshade (dub) – Archie Pelago
Remember (Azuni Remix) – Leif
Bop – Brandt Brauer Frick
Ghetto Kraviz – Nina Kraviz
Clammy Customer (dub) – Archie Pelago
Subway Gothic – Archie Pelago
Get Yourself Together – Randomer
Breezy Whey (forthcoming) – Archie Pelago

Weekend Forecast: Doc Daneeka, DJ Funeral, Subverse-NYC, Broke City, Tony Quattro, The Mast


RINSED: Doc Daneeka (EP Release Party), Velcro, Soul 2 Seoul, plus Dan Wender, Blacky II at tba [12AM/$2wRSVP]
Rinsed brings us UK house producer Doc Daneeka. Doc has been making waves in the bass scene, pushing an exciting not-quite-house sound for the last few years. With nods to techno and UK Funky, Daneeka’s sets (like this one from 2011) are consistently engaging, surprising and full of fresh tunes you’ll hear for the first time tonight, but for months to come afterwards. Joining him is Velcro, a house production duo from LA whose tunes all overflow with a juicy, funky, uniquely west-coast vibe. Plus the Rinsed residents and guest DJs Soul 2 Seoul, all for just TWO DOLLARS when you RSVP. Location announced to RSVPs ONLY, but is off the Graham Ave L stop.
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#AOLTOO: DJ Funeral, Jubilee, bEEdEEgEE, Chippy Nonstop (live!), Signe Pierce (live!), Stryker Matthews, more at 330 Ellery [11PM/$10]
Another eclectic warehouse rave from Good Kids Present. The enigmatic DJ Funeral headlines – expect some seriously fun, dark, manic club music (juke, bmore, jersey etc) with a healthy dose of levity. BDG of experimental band Gang Gang Dance DJs, along with Jubilee, who I have to figure out a new way to describe every damn week because she’s always playing the best parties. Expect a bombastic set from Oakland rapper Chippy Nonstop and another live performance from Signe Pierce, who you’ll have to research on your own (adventure!). Open vodka bar from 11-12, and music till the sun comes up.
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ASTRONAUTICO: Sleepyhead, Dunes, Mohegan Son plus Obey City, The Range, Michael Jukeson at Free Candy [10PM/$5wRSVP]
Our favorite raved-out parking garage gets taken over by the Broke City residents, a party that champions partying on the cheap with your best friends. Who all happen to be amazing DJs and producers, articulating fresh perspectives on RnB-infused club music. Mohegan Son’s spastic, sexual production style exudes fun and danceability. Dunes has been putting out monstrous house jams nonstop for the last year. Sleepyhead is perhaps the most accomplished, having put out tracks on two of our favorite labels, Distal’s Embassy Recordings and Kastle’s Symbols Music. He’s also collaborated with Mimosa as SexyTime and a ton of other topnotch producers.
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SUBVERSE: Truth (NZ), Mesck (LA), I.N.I., Max Mischief, hosted by Diggadee Emcee at The Paper Box [10PM/$10]
Subverse is a new deep dubstep party, all about proper sound and bringing in international headliners. Truth are a top shelf dubstep duo from New Zealand, regularly headlining festivals all over the world, and Mesck is a young gun from LA. The soundsystem by Tsunami Bass Experience is also deserving of top billing. For the last few years, they’ve been providing mindblowing, chest rattling sound reinforcement for the finest bass music events (Reconstrvct, Unsound Festival, secret shows) and have earned their reputation as a name you trust. Saturday they unveil four brand new custom built Labhorn subs, which apparently are pretty next level.
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The Mast, Colorwar, Moon Furies at Glasslands [8:30PM/$10]
The Mast is a live electronic duo: vocalist Haale and percussionist/producer Matt Kilmer and oh my god they are so talented. Haale has a voice unlike anything I’ve ever heard – phenomenally powerful, nuanced, and with a compelling, hypnotic quality. Paired with Matt’s gorgeous, deft beats (both sequenced and live), they conjure lush electronica reminiscent of the Knife, Massive Attack or Bjork, while maintaining their own distinct, moody groove. Prepare to be entranced by their sound, and blown away by their musicianship.
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RVDIOVCTIVE: Mess Kid, Tony Quattro, Star Falcon plus Chemicals of Creation, String Theory, KRE8OR at Tutus [10PM/FREE]
Tony Quattro has been having a good year – Trouble & Bass put out his single New York Anthem/Forth and Seek to rave reviews and support from some of the biggest tastemakers in bass music (and us too!). Go listen to it – it’s encapsulates the genre-less heavy bass sound we love T&B for so much. Joining him are underground club demigod Mess Kid and Dubday resident Star Falcon, as well as RVDIOVCTIVE’s residents. You can’t argue with the price, and Tutus is steps from the Morgan L stop (which means you can get the best felafel ever on your way home).
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Wompblog Weekend Forecast: Ben Mono, DJ Eko, Rolando, GHE20G0TH1K

Kind of a low-key weekend, by New York City standards, but holy crap did we add a lot of events for April and May. Spring is most definitely in the air – can you feel it???



GHE20G0TH1K: Venus X, $hayne, Mike Q, Jubilee, Rizzla, more at Santos Party House [10PM/$15]
Everyone’s favorite impossible to describe party takes over both floors of Santos. Always a top pick, but the special guests tonight really put this one over the top: Ballroom diety Mike Q, tropical bass and grime expert Jubilee, and certified badman / hyperriddim specialist Rizzla. Get there early if you’re going, because the line will probably be around the block. Presales are available online right up until the party.
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FREETECH: M.E.S.H., Physical Therapy, Gobby, New_York_City at 45 Mott St [10PM/?]
Dark Techno in a moderately sketchy chinatown basement karaoke spot – could be just what you’re looking for. Not a lot of info on this one but everyone on the lineup is seriously talented and weird.
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The Dog & Pony Show + TURRBOTAX® Present: Rolando (Osgut Ton) plus Paul Raffaele, Contakt at Output [10PM/$20]
Detroit’s Latin house legend Rolando takes over Output, bringing to bear almost two decades of innovative releases on legendary labels like Osgut Ton and Underground Resistance. With supporting DJs (and hopefully the excellent crowds as well!) from two of our favorite parties, Turrbotax and Dog & Pony Show.
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PLANT MUSIC PRESENTS: Ben Mono, Soul 2 Seoul, Gavin Walker at Cameo Gallery [12AM/$10]
Ben Mono is everywhere, stylistically. His latest EP on Plant Music is a joyful take on funky, muscular house, but I’ve heard productions by him that have slayed as electro-soul, disco house, and his latest mixes are more UK Bass oriented. While a cynic could cry bandwagon, the reality is some producers just thrive on variety; and Ben Mono excels at it.
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HUSH: DJ Eko, Jerry Jones at The Flat [10PM/FREE]
DJ Eko has a unique sound – she calls it Soultronica (peep the mixes) – and it’s basically the sexiest music you’ve ever heard. Or as the flyer says, “where future bass and future soul make out”. You’d be forgiven for thinking she’s just updating the lovestep formula, but Eko has been honing her sound for over a decade. Also spinning, Jerry Jones from East Village Radio.
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Wompblog Weekend Forecast! The Bug, South London Ordnance, Matt Shadetek, Doc Daneeka,


Hiatus Kaiyote at LPR [7:30PM/$10]
I don’t usually list bands here, but Hiatus Kaiyote is just SO GOOD. Hailing from Melbourne, they’re “future soul” which apparently means jazz chords, tasteful electronics, goosebump-inducing vocals – if you like love Bonobo or Little Dragon, you’re already sold. If you still need convincing, listen to their full album on bandcamp, read the glowing accolades from ?uestlove and Erykah Badu, and check their mini-set on Boiler Room. Then tell me you’re not in love.
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TURRBOTAX®: South London Ordnance, plus Contakt, Rem Koolhaus, C-Sick, Space Jam, Mayster at Cameo Gallery [11PM/$5wRSVP]
One of our favorite parties, Turrbotax, doing what they do best – hosting the first ever stateside appearance of an extremely talented young UK house producer. South London Ordnance rose to prominence in the last year with very little in the way of PR hype or industry connections, just a constant output of quality unreleased tracks on his soundcloud. In the last year by has released tunes on some of our absolute favorite boutique labels – 2nd Drop, Hotflush and Well Rounded Individuals. Click through for some of his tunes and mixes, as well as the first installment of the Turrbotax mix series by their tallest resident, C-Sick.
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CHANGE THE MOOD: Matt Shadetek (Album Release Party), DJ /rupture, Geko Jones, Chief Boima at Glasslands [11PM/$10]
Change the Mood is an event series by the Dutty Artz collective that “seeks to challenge club-going norms by explicitly connecting a hype party theme to its greater social context” Pretty refreshing to find a party with critical theory built into the aesthetic. This edition is also an album release party for label founder and beatmaker Matt Shadetek, with support from the whole Dutty Artz crew. His discography encompasses experimental hiphop, digital dancehall, grime and tropical riddims. It’s global bass in the least contrived sense (and not a bad metaphor for Shadetek’s hometown of NYC).
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KNXWLEDGE, Ohbliv, Time Wharp, Tuamie, KVZE at Living Bread Deli [9PM/$10]
One of the most prolific and creative boom-bap producers of our time, KNXWLEDGE is pretty much a god in the beat scene. Seriously, he’s got something like 40 releases on his bandcamp, so you can bet you’ll be hearing some deep cuts. Joined by an array of fearlessly experimental east-coast beatmakers, this is one for the heads.
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SO FUCKING FUTURE: The Sect, End.user, SilentKiller, Breaker, Your Move, SHVLFCE, Create Her at The National Underground [10PM/$10wRSVP]
An awesome lineup of young, hungry breakcore/noise/drumnbass/hard techno producers is a rare thing indeed. If you’re into hard, noisey, experimental vibes and excessive bpms, this is your shit.
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The Bug with Daddy Freddy & Miss Red, plus Jubilee, Fantasy Thrilla at Le Poisson Rouge [11PM/$12]
Kevin Martin’s work as The Bug should be instantly enjoyable to fans of early, DMZ-style dubstep, but isn’t nearly so easy to categorize. While his track “Skeng” is an early anthem of the genre, the album it’s from, London Zoo, is an expansive, dystopian fusion of dancehall, ragga, grime and heavy bass. This production style works just as well as late night headphone fare as it does backing a slew of legendary reggae vocalists (Warrior Queen, Tippa Irie, Daddy Freddy) – not to mention his “apocalyptic lovers’ rock” project, King Midas Sound. Supporting djs are pretty sweet too: Jubilee is a Mixpak resident, Radio Lily host and one of the hardest working DJs/twitter personalities in NYC, and FantasyThrilla, a local DJ/producer blending dancehall, ballroom and regional club sounds.
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Doc Daneeka, Doctor Jeep, Arca, M.E.S.H., Terekke at Ran Tea House [8PM/$12]
Doc Daneeka is a Welsh producer offerring an invigorating mix of UK Funky and syncopated, percussive house. You may have caught him in NYC before at Turrbotax or Trouble & Bass – if you haven’t, get ready to dance your ass off while grinning ear to ear the whole time. Doc brings some serious summertime vibes wherever he goes. Also on the bill, Boston producer Doctor Jeep, whose blend of footwork, partybass and sly humor always makes for an engaging set.
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BASSMENT SATURDAYS: ILL.GATES, Zeratone, Subset at Webster Hall Basement [11PM/$15]
Ill.Gates is an ableton production supergenius and master of the west coast glitch-hop/heavy bass sound. If you ever find yourself itching for Bassnectar’s older stuff without the high school crowd he now attracts, this will undoubtedly fix you for heavy wobbles and melodic brostep.
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Addison Groove mix for Dazed Digital

Addison Groove brings us as close to a flawless mix as I’ve heard in recent memory, clocking in at a tragically brief 34 minutes.  It starts off with one of my favorite tunes of the moment, Romare’s ‘Your Love’ (out March 25 on Black Acre). A sexy, minimal footwork theme subtly builds the energy before bubbling over into footwork jungle, retwerked hip-hop and then cruising back to some raw juke. Addison Groove is a certified 808 sorceror, and this is a tour of his magical kingdom of 160 and beyond.

Addison Groove mix by Dazed Digital on Mixcloud

Romare – Your Love (You Give Me Fever)
Symbiotic Sounds – You Know What It Is
Addison Groove – Untitled 808 Shit
Symbiotic Sounds – Feelings
DJ Gunshot – Badboy
Addison Groove & Sam Binga – 11th
Outkast ft. UGK – Players Anthem – (eSenTRIK remix)
Slick Shoota and Skin & Bone – Hit The Flo
Rockwell – Untitled Dub
JMJ & Richie – Universal Horn (Mat The Alien Remix)
Addison Groove & Sam Binga – Rzor
DJ Earl – Workin 4 Meee
Sam Binga & Om Unit – Small Victories

Weekend Womp Forecast!

Friday, March 15

Elgato (Hessle Audio) plus Arjun, The Vly House, [12AM/$10wRSVP]
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Saturday, March 16

MISTER SATURDAY NIGHT: Dark Sky (UK), Alex Burkat, plus Justin Carter & Eamon Harkin at House of Yes [10PM-6AM/$10]

Mister Saturday Night has been one of the best respected underground parties in NYC for some time – but their record label is relatively new, and quickly carving out a similarly sterling reputation. Saturday, they feature two tremendous talents who represent their 4th and 5th releases on the label – NYC’s own Alex Burkat, and the UK trio Dark Sky.

Dark Sky is a very exciting trio of DJ/producers from the UK, known for their dark, funky, and heavily swung take on the techhouse/futuregarage/ukbass sound. Their productions are just incredible, but they also have a tremendous range, as they are comprised of 3 music heads. The stuff I included below represents their “core” sound but check out their other mixes for a sense of their vast musical scope. Alex Burkat you might know from his heavy bass moniker Rx, but under his birth name he brings a cinematic disco and house vibe. Really nice stuff! And of course, the residents, Justin and Eamon, will hold it down from start to finish.
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Dub-Stuy presents ECHO CHAMBER: Tour De Force (ft. Ranking Joe) Dub Gabriel, Ticklah, True Nature at The Paper Box [10PM/$15]
We’re BIG supporters of Dub-Stuy – they’re a pillar of soundsystem culture in NYC. Not only does their custom-built 12,000 watt soundsystem look and sound GORGEOUS, but their events are always expertly curated. Check out the interview we did with the founder, Q, on the eve of their launch event

Saturday, they have another killer lineup. Tour De Force is the roots-oriented dubstep project of Dub-Stuy’s founders, Q and Double Tiger, featuring a rotating cast of emcees. It’s exactly what I want to hear on that system. This time out, they have legendary toaster Ranking Joe, who has been an integral part of soundsystem culture since the 70s.

Dub Gabriel has an epic resume, but what really matters is that he fits right in with the Dub-Stuy sound – his 4th LP, Raggabass Resistance, fuses a heavy dub aesthetic with incredibly tasteful digital production and an allstar cast of dub vocalists (Jahdan, Juakali, The Spaceape, Warrior Queen, Brother Culture, MC Zulu, etc).

We’ll be treated to a roots reggae set from Ticklah, producer and keys for the Easy Star Allstars (of Dub Side of The Moon and Radiodread fame). He’s also a founding member of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings AND Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra. Man knows dub. Rounding out this monstrous lineup is True Nature, resident at RECONSTRVCT and a true master of the opening slot – that’s a huge compliment, by the way.
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DIRECT DRIVE: Goldie, Udachi, Raw Q, Dhundee, Lord Kimchi, Dave Shichman at Public Assembly [10PM/$20]
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Monday, March 18

DEEP SPACE 10 YEAR: Scuba, Francois K at Cielo [10PM/$15]
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MEANRED presents BLACK BUTTER: Rudimental, Bondax, Kidnap Kid at Santos Party Haus [10PM/$15]
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LOCKED: Distal, Jubilee, Rizzla at SRB [10PM/FREE]
Our highest recommendation for the evening. Celebrating the venue’s 1st birthday (open bar at 10!) as well as the release of Jubilee + Star Eyes’ grime mixtape LOCKED (which is fucking awesome). Distal is up from Atlanta (though we’ll be seeing a lot of him in May, as he’s RBMA Class of ’13). Distal has a supreme understanding of heavy club sounds, evidenced by his own production, his slaytastic live mixes as well as the output of his label, Embassy. And Rizzla ALWAYS throws down a hot mix of relentless, ravey riddims. And all of this goes down FOR FREE at SRB – a great club with KILLER sound in the relative middle of nowhere (Gowanus), allowing them to go way past 4am.

Osgut Ton Night with Ben Klock, Ryan Elliot and David Favela at Output [10PM/$20]
The Berghain-inspired label showcases at the Berghain-inspired club. Cosmic.
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RINSED: Azari & III (DJ Set), Morgan Geist (Storm Queen DJ Set), Dan Wender, Blacky II, Smoking Kills at tba [11-6/$10]
A really primo lineup of nu-disco (Azari) and house (Storm Queen). Location announced today only to advanced ticketholders, so you better axe somebody (It’s off the Montrose L stop tho)
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DISCOVERY: Steve Summers, Archie Pelago, Bookworms, Will Eastman plus Free Magic & Faso at Glasslands [11:30PM/$10]
Discovery has just been getting better and better. The dance party, run by Free Magic & Faso, is firmly rooted in disco but is constantly exploring the boundaries and intersections of genre (not unlike the way Deep space explores the outer reaches of Dub). The month they bring us another killer lineup, headlined by Steve Summers and Bookworms, coming together as CONFUSED HOUSE – check out this live mix from Cameo gallery to get a taste of their ultra-smooth, sultry, classic house sound. Also playing, our homies Archie Pelago, who are on a hot streak of singles and remixes, will be doing their live cello-sax-turntable thing. Rounding out the bill is Will Eastman, a founder and resident at Bliss, DC’s longest running (13 years!) indy dance party.

BICEP plus Paul Raffaele, JDH & Dave P at Le Poisson Rouge [11PM/$10]
A duo that pretty much defines muscular house, BICEP returns to LPR this saturday courtesy of another fave party of ours, Dog and Pony Show. Check out their recent broadcast for Rinse.fm and start getting excited – their last NYC show was basically a riot.
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DARK DISCO: Untold, JETS (Jimmy Edgar + Machine Drum), Girraffage, DKDS at 88 Palace [11PM/$15]
MeanRed puts together an ultra sexy lineup of forward-thinking bass producers, with enough headliners for 3 shows. Get there early for our favorite residents ever, DKDS, opening things up with dark, funky house and techno.
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DEEPER: Rx, Nate Mars plus Rozi, Blysk, Bakir at National Underground [7PM/FREE]
Heavy bass and deep vibes from two dubspot veterans. Deeper has been steadily building a really dedicated community over the last year. They just graduated to a nicer venue, and the bookings keep getting better, reflecting a sharp ear for the best in deep dubstep and future bass.


Ta-Ku, B.Lewis, Figgy at 285 Kent [8PM/$12]
Ta-Ku is one of my favorite contemporary beatmakers, equally deft with dusty boom-bap and creative twists on future-rnb/trap styles. B.Lewis is at the forefront of futurefunk, and Figgy is one of the most reliable new names in fresh house production. All 3 have a great sense of groove and tremendous versatility, so you can pretty much count on dancing your ass off here.

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Fuck yeah! See you on the floor!

What you should do with your summer vacation (Outlook 2012 Recap Video)

Once again, Outlook Festival’s official recap/highlight reel is here, right on time to start getting you hyped for summertime vibes in Croatia. Get ready for goosebumps (and start saving your sheckels):

Weekend Womp Forecast


VITAMIN B: DJ Zinc plus DJ Shakey, Barney Iller, Tektite, Tim the Enchanter at House of Yes [10PM/$10]

There aren’t many DJs who have been producing for 20 years and are still relevant, aside from DJ Zinc (ok, maybe Zed Bias?). From his early days as a junglist, producing genre-defining tunes like “super sharp shooter”, to recent hits with A-Trak and Miss Dynamite, he’s is still smashing it up worldwide. Zinc’s unique brand of “crack house”, fusing grime, breaks and electro into an undeniably danceable blend. Get there early or buy advance tickets, because House of Yes fills up fast.      
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ASTRO NAUTICO: HXDB, Archie Pelago plus Obey City, Michael Jukeson, The Range at FREE CANDY [10PM/$5wRSVP]
I know we gush about Archie Pelago quite a bit, but I mean, can you blame us? Have you SEEN them? If not, then it’s your lucky day – they’re headlining tonight at everyone’s favorite psychadelic parking garage/art gallery, Free Candy. Sharing the bill is their collaborator, HxdB (pronounced Hexadecibel), who has been producing exquisite, deep, genre-spanning bass music out of Vancouver for years now. RSVP for $5 admission instead of 10!     
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MUTUAL DREAMING: DJ Dez Andrés, Anthony Naples, Magic Touch at 285 Kent [10PM/$12]
Andres is one of the best DJs I’ve ever seen. Period. Recently I heard him described as “if DIlla made played house”. Expect a lot of soul, dusty grooves, and impeccable taste. A one of a kind artist who could have only come from Detroit, Dez was  formerly the turntablist for Slum Village, and also has a lengthy discography of house tunes and edits.  Mutual Dreaming throws a great party too – they’ll be transforming 285 Kent with reinforced sound and a parachute ceiling for extra vibe absorption.
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LOW: Matt Shadetek, Nate Mars, Lusta, Tyeze at Happy Ending [10PM/FREE]
A great choice if you’re looking for something a little more intimate and unexpected. Shadetek has been rolling with the Dutty Artz crew for years, making all manner of global bass – that’s horribly oversimplifying the man’s talents, but they’re broad. Nate Mars is a dubspot affiliate, with excellent production chops ranging from dubstep to digital cumbia. Lusta takes a grab-bag approach to bass, but keeps it dark and driving, while Tyeze seems to have more of a wompy west-coast take on the low end.
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CAPRICORN: Tim Sweeney, Mike Simonetti, Dust at Bossa Nova Social Club [10PM/FREE]
Tim Sweeney’s long-running Beats In Space radio show has always been a source of phenomenal music, both new and old, as well as host to an incredible spectrum of guests. Apparently his live sets are pretty phenomenal too. Mike Simonetti has also been killing dancefloors for decades with an adventurous mix of italo, house, and disco. Plus Bossa Nova Social Club is one of the best new spots – far enough out to keep the crowd dedicated, but also boasting a gorgeous custom soundsystem and plenty of space to dance.
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Built By MeanRed: Daedalus, Salva, Samo Soundboy, Ryan Hemsworth at LPR [11PM/$15]

MeanRed once again has brought together a massive lineup of sonic experimentalists. Daedalus is still one of the most creative DJs I’ve heard in ages (beach boys over hard house? balkan brass over techno? and it works!)  and has a really unique and compelling lighting rig. Salva has experienced meteoric success this year, between a slot on the BBC and his trap edit of Mercy. But he has been making killer 808 beats for years before it became trendy (check his 2011 release, Complex Housing). Samo Soundboy will be bringing the heavy bass, and Ryan Hemsworth has been killing the future-rnb thing lately. 
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100% Silk: Octo Octa, Maria Minerva, Magic Touch, Pharaohs at 285 Kent [12AM/$10]

A showcase of the lo-fi, hi-fun house label, with a nice blend of both live and electronic stuff. Octo Octa will be doing some live house and techno on all hardware (definitely worth checking out), while Maria Minerva sings and Pharaohs are a 4 piece boogie machine. Magic Touch DJs.
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SKATALITES, Subatomic Sound System, Van Gordon Martin Band at Brooklyn Bowl [8PM/$10]

Without dub, there’d be no dance music as we know it. The Skatalites are a LEGENDARY dub outfit, more or less inventing the sound of rocksteady/first wave ska. Officially forming in Kingston Jamaica in 1964, the original members had been jamming together since the mid-50s. While the cast has switched up a bit, the soul and history is still there. Support from Brooklyn’s finest dubwise electronic label, Subatomic Sound System, is a natural fit.   
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Mouse on Mars at Santos Party Haus [7PM/$15]
A great reason to get out on a Sunday – Mouse on Mars have been making bizarre, charming, intricate IDM since the 90s, Relentlessly experimental without sacrificing accessibility, Mouse on Mars is equally stimulating to the brain and the booty. Fans of Modeselektor or Matmos will be thrilled.
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Goth Trad mix for Dubspot

Goth Trad is coming! Tonight, the peerless Japanese dubstep producer will be at Cielo for Deep Space again after performing there this past August – and advance tickets are still just $10! Deep Space rarely books DJs twice, much less twice in 6 months, but, well – just read what they have to say about him:

His set last year was as close to Deep Space perfection as we’ve ever heard a guest dj pull off! Goth-Trad’s set was simply brilliant. It captured everything we love at Deep Space: a strong sense of music history; a visionary’s perspective of fresh rhythms; the kind of bass that glues our lower jaw and groins to the dance floor; creative excursions that lost us in space; and masterful mixes.

Personally, I couldn’t be more excited. Goth-Trad’s 2012 LP, New Epoch, was without a doubt the album of the year for me (cop it here). Shit, maybe album of the decade. Not since DJ Shadow’s Endtroducing have I been so consistently drawn back to (and rewarded by) a piece of electronic music. And like Shadow, Goth Trad innovates a genre of dark, instrumental, urban music; rejecting all the familiar palettes, but still playing by the genre’s rules. While it has all the hallmarks of classic deep dubstep, the component sounds and textures are completely unexpected. There are also parallels here to what Amon Tobin was doing with jungle on Bricolage, or what DJ Krush did with illbient on Jaku (not to mention the latter’s seamless incorporation of traditional instruments) .

But if you just want to jump right into Goth Trad’s sound, there’s no better way to get familiar than with this mix he recorded for Dubspot the last time he was in NYC. Showcasing both his gorgeous productions and his incredible mixing, this is what you should be listening to if you’re on the fence about coming tonight.

01. GOTH-TRAD – Grind (dub)
02. GOTH-TRAD – Dark Path (DEEP MEDi)
03. Karma – Meanings (dub)
04. GOTH-TRAD – Cosmos (DEEP MEDi)
05. GOTH-TRAD – Axis (dub)
06. GOTH-TRAD – Seeker (DEEP MEDi)
07. GOTH-TRAD – Man in the Maze (DEEP MEDi)
08. GOTH-TRAD – Departure (DEEP MEDi)
09. Distance – Traffic [GOTH-TRAD Remix] (Planet Mu)
10. GOTH-TRAD – Air Breaker (DEEP MEDi)
11. GOTH-TRAD – Itinerant Priest (DEEP MEDi)
12. Pampidoo – Synthesizer Voice [GOTH-TRAD Remix VIP] (dub)
13. GOTH-TRAD – Cut End VIP (dub)
14. Johnney Osbourne – Fally Rankinig [V.I.V.E.K. Remix]  (Greensleeves Dubstep)
15. GOTH-TRAD – Meteor (dub)
16. GOTH-TRAD – Born To Know (dub)
17. GOTH-TRAD – New Epoch (DEEP MEDi)

Weekend Womp Forecast


Ashes57 Art Opening, Dave Q, Falty DL at Reverse Space [7-9PM/FREE]
As a visual artist, Ashes57 has been an important part of the bass scene for many years now. Most recently she did a ton of art for last year’s Outlook + Dimensions Festival. This is her 3rd exhibition in the NYC area. Free beer + beats by FaltyDL & DaveQ.
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EP Release Party: Zuzuka Ponderosa + Burt Fox plus Hard Nips, False Witness, Rizzla at Public Assembly [9PM/$10]
Zuzuka is a Brazillian vocalist who has passionately engaged with dance music. She just dropped an excellent EP (that Jubilee & Star Eyes remix is oof), as well as a mixtape with west coast bass producer Kush Arora that runs the gamut from glitchhop to ghetto house to turrbocrunk. Also on the bill is Japanese all-girl band Hard Nips, and DJs Rizzla and False Witness.
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BLKMARKET: Joy Orbison, Boddika, Joey Anderson at TBA [10PM/$40]
NYC’s classiest (and priciest) dance party brings out two of the biggest names in UK Bass, plus outside house poster boy Joey Anderson. Hope you got tickets before they went up to 40 bucks.
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BASS & DESTROY: Noble Society, Subatomic Sound System, Ming, Jumpshot, Iron Myke at Drom [11PM/$10]
Noble Society is a reggae/hip hop supergroup feat. Jahdan Blakkamore, who has done vox for Major Lazer and Snoop Lion. Support from Subatomic Sound, one of the finest purveyors of roots-oriented dubstep, Ming (of Ming & FS), brostepper Jumpshot and Direct Drive founder Iron Mike.
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BROKE CITY: Braille, Seafloor plus Sleepyhead, Figgy, Dunes at Apostrophe [10PM/FREE]
One of the most slept-on parties in NYC. All of the residents are ridiculously talented producers, booze is cheap, cover is too, and the guests are always on point. Expect fresh house, rnb jams, and family vibes.
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JACQUES IN THE JUNGLE: Jacques Renault (4 hr set) at Cameo Gallery [11:30PM/$12]
4 Hour marathon set from LETS PLAY HOUSE founder Jacques Renault. If all you wanna do is dance to funky disco house, this is the place to be.
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Chrissy Murderbot (Planet Mu, Chi), Galapagoose (Magical Properties, Australia), Archie Pelago, Braille, Nooka Jones at Cameo Gallery [12AM/$7]
Murderbot is a walking encyclopedia of dance music, but instead of relying on history lessons he keeps pushing towards the future. With releases on Planet Mu and his own experimental juke/footwork label, Loose Squares, you can be assured his set will be next-next level. Plus Galapagoose, a hotly tipped controllerism wiz, Archie Pelago, our favorite DJ-cello-sax trio, and Nooka Jones, Percussion Lab’s most precocious resident.
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SUBVERSE LAUNCH PARTY: Demon, SGNL, I.N.I., Max Mischief at Tutus  [11PM/$15]
A new party focused on deep, dark dubstep and drum’n’bass. Armed with the Tsunami Bass Soundsystem and a very talented headliner from the UK, you can bet this will be full of heads gettin their bass fix.
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GHE20G0TH1K: Venus X, $hayne, Physical Therapy, Rizzla, Mazurbate, Maduro at tba warehouse venue [11PM/$$15]
I’m not going to attempt to describe GHE20GOTH1K – plenty have already attempted – if the name doesn’t evoke anything interesting for you, chances are you’re going to be too closed minded to enjoy it anyway.  But if you’re intrigued by what it could all mean, check out some of their mixtapes.
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Weekend Womp Forecast (Lil Nemo Edition)

The snow can fuck with you. It can make you want to stay in. Even cool guys like Corey Booker will tell you to cancel your party. But just remember – you get out of a party what you put in to it. When the weather gets tought, the jams get tougher. The DJs will throw down somethin extra special. The people who made it out will get down even harder.

So despite the storm cancelling two headliners tonight (James T. Cotton and Kastle both had their flights cancelled), we still advise you to get out there and boogie. Tonight at OUTPUT there’s gonna be some killer house music from Kyle Hall and Jus Ed, amongst others – just make sure to dress warm and get there early since there will almost certainly be a line by 11. MUTUAL DREAMING lost their headliner, but they’re still reinforcing the sound and hanging a parachute from the ceilng, plus they’ve brought in 2 more DJs to fill out the bill, so if yr looking for some raw techno and live PAs, that’s the spot. And the RINSED showcase of the Symbols label is still happening even though label boss Kastle is grounded. You can rest assured that Druid Cloak, Figgy, and the Rinsed residents will step it up.

Everything is still on for Saturday as far as we know. Joe Goddard (of Hot Chip) will be DJing at Cameo Gallery (which is rapidly becoming one of our favorite venues). If you think this is just another guy from another indie band  deciding he’s a DJ, think again – Joe is a very talented house producer, and I hear his sets deliver. Head down to Chinatown for MeanRed’s semi-quarterly DARK DISCO bash, this time featuring heavyweights Martyn + Jacques Greene, plus the young genre blurring producer Morri$ and support from our favorite DJ duo in town, DKDS.  Drum n Bass heads already know that ICICLE is having his NY debut on saturday, but you gotta RSVP to find out where. 285 Kent has more techno for ya on Saturday, with mystery producer Rrose. And finally, Brooklyn Bowl has the always entertaining RJD2.

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Weekend Womp Forecast!

Tonight there’s truly something for everyone. Our pick is Addison Groove at Cameo Gallery – this guy is always on the bleeding edge of bass music (and is now running a new label, LIT). As Headhunter he was my gateway to deep dubstep, and it’s incalculable how many people who got turned on to juke/footwork by his immortal tune Footcrab. Every time I see him play, he turns my brain inside out. With support from FaltyDL (whose new LP on Ninjatune is SO GOOD) and SciFi&Fantasy label head Max Pearl

If you like Breaks, then the only place to be tonight is House of Yes for VITAMIN B. They have finally booked Deekline, who is about as legendary as they come for a genre. Plus the residents Barney Iller, Tektite and Tim The Enchanter are all veteran badasses – this one is for serious dancers only (but they are opening up a second chillout room due to the huge expected turnout). Hit up ELECTRIC PUNANNY at the Paper Box tonight for a frenetic mix of dancehall, hip hop and all kinds of global bass – they’re celebrating the third installment of the mixtape series of the same name, and have OG producers Dubbel Dutch and Dre Skull.

VERBOTEN has tINI and Justin Martin at HIghline Ballroom tonight. There are a lot of Justins in house music, but none whose tunes are as funky and ubiquitous as his recent LP on Dirtybird, Ghettos and Gardens (and the two volumes of remixes it inspired). Expensive, but highline is a very nice venue and the crowd is gonna be mad hyped. Finally, if you’re looking for a weirder DIY vibe, hit up AstroNautico – they have  an interesting spectrum of house music tonight from guests Braille (Praveen from Sepalcure) and some live hardware from Octa Octo. Plus the massive Tsunami Bass soundsystem (the one that powers Reconstrvct) and some very talented residents, all for just $8 with RSVP. And the space is really one of a kind (it’s a rave parking garage – no, really)

SATURDAY also has great options – the most interesting of which is definitely IDLE, put together by the Reconstrvct crew and BigUP magazine. It’s an art show featuring the work of Ashes57 (who did so much of the dope art for Outlook Festival) as well as a lineup of exceptionally talented experimental electronic music. No tickets at the door tho, so be sure to get one in advance if you want to go (secret BK location will also be annouced only to ticketholders day of). Over at Le Bain, our boys DKDS are headlining Night People – expect some serious dancefloor-oriented techno and house. Also, you may know two out of the three residents (Lloydski and Eli) from Bushwick’s finest dance party, Tiki Disco. Trust us when we say you’ll be in good hands.  And for all you 90s ravers, DnB legend Photek is in the Webster Hall basement on saturday, while NinjaTune  veteran DJ Vadim will be at Brooklyn Bowl for just eight bucks.

Also don’t neglect to check out all the new additions for February and March!  We’ll be blessed to enjoy two more Reconstrvcts, the return of Bicep, Kyle Hall,  Egyptrixx, Chrissy Murderbot, an Osgut Ton showcase at Output, a Dirtybird showcase at SRB, Turrbotax with Gerry Read and SO MUCH MORE.

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Policy mix for Turrbotax!

Get hyped! Turrbotax is tonight, and they have special guests Policy and Space Dimension Controller. Generous spirit that he is, Policy made a mix just for the occasion. It’s full of unreleased heat, subtle funk and his signature intricate rhythms (which you can enjoy a whole lot more of on his fantastic new LP, Everything Hits). This is just what you need to make it through till tonight! Get it HERE (and come say thanks tonight!)

Falty DL – She Sleeps (feat. Ed Macfarlane) (Ninja Tune)
Policy – Postscript 187 (forthcoming 100% Silk)
Julius Steinhoff – Speak No Evil (Smallville Records)
Anthony Naples – I Don’t See Them (white label)
goldFFinch – Outer Twigs (Policy Remix) (Saigon Recordings)
Joyce Muniz – Drop In Pressure (20:20 Vision)
Amir Alexander – The Black Rain (Argot)
Policy – Walk Up (Argot)
Policy – Can’t Get You (Rush Hour)
Bad Autopsy – Curious (Well Rounded)

Weekend Womp Forecast

Tonight has a too many good options to pick just one! Brooklyn Bass has up-n-coming outsider house producers Madteo and Anthony Naples for just $7 at Cameo! Broke City keeps it wonderfully weird in Bushwick with PICTUREPLANE plus their unusually talented residents. Webster Hall has Starkey and Nosaj Thing, two of my favorite stateside bass producers who both have a keen ear for nuance and melody despite wildly different production styles. And the first edition of Club Xero, with guest Obey City, is debuting  at Tutus, a new basement club in Morgantown. Residents Strange VIP (aka The Captain of Trouble & Bass) and Lola Pistola (aka FIASCO) will be keepin things dark and trappy.

Saturday, tho, is all about the tenth installment of RECONSTRVCT at House of Yes. Headliner Indigo is unfortunately stranded in South America but they are hard at work looking for a replacement – good thing the lineup is already super-stacked: Dark Tantrums is still coming in from the UK (he’s released on Mala’s Deep Medi label and collabs with Kromestar as Team Starfleet). Also, Footwork maven Wheez-ie and .San Diego producer EshOne along with resident True Nature and Selektah Twice doing an opening Roots & Culture set. If you prefer things a little more bro-steppy, Public Assembly has N-Type, MRK-1 and Megaladon along with the Darkroom DJs

Also of note, Monday you can catch Turrbotax resident Rem Koolhaus at Night Spa, a dance party that yes, is in an actual spa. Enjoy saunas, steam rooms, and hot and cold baths while jamming to some top shelf house and techno.

Plus, don’t forget to check out all the new events added this week. Addison Groove will be playing an intimate show at Cameo Gallery on Feb 1. Drum n bass legends Photek, DJ Zinc and Goldie  are playing three very different parties in the coming months, Ellen Allien and Nina Kraviz are headlining a Resolute/Blk Market double header, and it gives me great pleasure to once again list Detroit legend, DJ Dez Andres, whose set at Loreley last year was absolutely one of my favorites of 2012.

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Fuck yeah! See you on the floor!

Weekend Womp Forecast

Tonight our top recommendation has to be Percussion Lab – they’re throwing a party for their first compilation, Cambio. The lineup is some of our favorite NYC talent including Braille (Praveeen of Sepalcure), Contakt (Turrbotax) and our favorite 3 piece, Archie Pelago (check their feature in XLR8R yesterday!). UK label Night Slugs is throwing their first warehouse rave in NYC, with founding members Bok Bok, Girl Unit and L-Vis 1990 plus their NYC associate, Kingdom. Advance tickets are sold out but get there at 11 for the limited door – this one will pack out and go very late.

Also tonight is GHE20 GOTH1K, the famously genre-melting party where you will hear them “play Al-Jezeera in the club, and you will like it”. Venus X and $hayne plus ballroom master MikeQ and Rizzla, whose relentless riddims will make you sweat. All black or white dress preferred.  Finally if you want breaks, look no further than Vitamin B vs No Parking on the Dancefloor – this is the third annual combo party these guys have thrown, so you can expect shenanigans and nonstop booty-movin. If yr still moving after 4am, head to 440 Irving for Afters with Musa (but we didn’t tell you).

And that’s just tonight! SATURDAY, dnb heads are in for a treat with the legends AK-1200 and Gridlock at SRB. Discovery Party is always a good time, and they have detroit legend Mike Huckaby at Glasslands. Lots of funky house, boogie and disco. And over at 285 Kent, Sweater Beats, Branchez, Slava and Jaw Jam will be playing some slowed, sexy, eclectic, futuristic r&b-influenced productions.

But hold your horses, because I hear there’s a MASSIVE Trouble & Bass vs. Mixpak warehouse rave happening at 1040 Metropolitan Saturday, going very very late. The lineup will be dropping in the next 24 hours but you can trust that it’s a doozy, featuring allstars from both crews.

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Fuck yeah! See you on the floor!

GourmetBeats Radio show with Joe Nice

REQUIRED Listening. Nobody does it like JoeBama. Nobody. He sets up a facebook event for his radio show; not so he can spam thousands of people, but because it’s an EVENT when Joe Nice spins – even if it’s just online. Check the 344 RSVPs and countless giddy wall posts. The enthusiasm that this man brings to his craft is truly inspiring. And the selections? Legendary. It ain’t hype if it’s justified. Check the tracklist below if you still need convincing.

JoeNice_January_2013_SubFM_Gourmetbeats by Joenicedj on Mixcloud

Burnt Out Slug – Dubtro
Systema – Sleeper
Siyam – Gantz
Neon Trails – Karma
Tidal – Sleeper
Mercury – Greniermusic (Djg)
A.L.P.H.A. – Compa
Chicken Bop – Coki
U Wont Mind – Gantz
Herbie – Greniermusic (Djg)
Coral Reef – Coki
Tantra – Killawatt
Seismic – Gantz & Perverse
Carnage – Widowmaker & Compa
Rush Hour – Karma
Ups & Downs – Eshone
White Label – Compa
Retaliate (Illuminated Remix) – Arkwright
Retaliate – Arkwright
Vibes – Truth & Dutty Ranks
Meteor – Gothtrad
On The Inside – Sleeper
Bloodworks – Wayfarer
Observer – Sepia
La Palma – Perverse
Grind – Gothtrad
Species – Sleeper
No Faith (Ipman Remix) – Gantz
Over My Head – Vivek Ft Mel Dymond
Haze – Tmsv
Macca – Coki
Jah Power Dub – Mala

Weekend Womp Forecast

FRIDAY NIGHT say Mazel Tov to the Bunker crew, having their TENTH birthday tonight at Public Assembly – two rooms of top shelf techno, probably going well past 4am. Joker is gonna be at Webster Hall , alongside bigroom electro acts Kill Paris and Peacetreaty. Weird booking, guys.

Best bet tonight? Hit up the Astro Nautico party at Free Candy, a parking garage turned neon rave cave. The Range and Howse coheadline along with Time Wharp, Chits, and residents Paul Jones, Michael Jukeson and Obey City (whose name you will be hearing a lot this year). Experimental house, techno, juke, hiphop and who knows what else. And comin in at the last minute, Rub n Tug are gonna be upstairs at Santos spinning some party disco, free before midnight!

SATURDAY NIGHT has Shigeto and Heathered Pearls, who both tend towards downtempo, spinning dance music at Glasslands. And on the LES, Machine Drum will be headling Tammany Hall with a Berlin-centric set, joined by Allies for Everyone, Evan Michael (of Brooklyn Bass), Dan Wender (of Rinsed) and Sheepshead (of un[be]known).

SUNDAY, cool out with a showcase of  Tabletennis/WNYU alums Jordan Rothlein and Momo Araki, headlined by enigmatic Jersey producer Joey Anderson (who is opening for Joy O and Boddika later in Feb).

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Fuck yeah! See you on the floor!

DKDS 305 Mix

Been listening to this mix about twice a day all week now, so I reckon it’s time to share it. Ostensibly a mix to promote their upcoming Miami shows, but for those of us outside the 305, what matters is that it’s an hour of killer funky house. Great selection of newer stuff (Duke Dumont, Oliver $, Dirtybird, Maceo Plex, etc) sandwiched by some deep cuts I’d never heard. And the transitions here are just immaculate.

DKDS is a DJ duo from Brooklyn. The name might stand for Dutch Kills Death Squad, and I think they’re cousins, but that’s all besides the point: this mix kills, and if you see these guys on a flyer, you should go see them.


4E – Temple Traxx
The Francis Inferno Orchestra – I Need It (Fantastic Mans Electric Boogaloo Remix)
Betoko – Space Invader
Wehbba Antonio Eudi – The Real Thing
Gene & Deep’a & Biri – Booty Call
Phonique & Sharam Jey – Special
Disclosure – What’s in Your Head
Maceo Plex – Why
M.A.N.D.Y. Vs. Booka Shade – Donut
Oliver $ & Sqim – Hoes
Duke Dumont – Street Walker
Claude VonStroke feat. J. Phlip – California (Julio Bashmore remix)
Darling Farah – Body (Jimmy Edgar remix)
Maelstrom – House Music (Boston Bun Remix)
Para One – When The Night Feat. Jaw (Logo Remix)
Aeroplane feat Jamie Principle – In Her Eyes (Chopstick & Johnjon Remix)
Moullinex – Take My Pain Away (Strip Steve Remix)
DJ Le Roi – Heartbreaker
Scuba Stew – This Goes
The New Elastics – It’s Just A Word (Kellerkind Remix)
Pete Heller – Big Love

Nosaj Thing’s stunning new video for “Eclipse/Blue”

A blissful marriage of projection mapping and choreography. Truly next level shit – 720 or gtfo.

This is the first single off Nosaj Thing’s new album featuring vocals by Blonde Redhead’s Kazu Makino.

Submotion Orchestra mixes UKF Podcast

Absolutely stunning set of tunes from Ruckspin, mixing as Submotion Orchestra. Capturing the Submotion vibe is a daunting task, but everything you love about them is fully represented here – tasteful vocals, jazzier progressions, and a whole lot of soul & bass.

Things start off extremely gently with tracks by Quark, The Weeknd and Burial before Machine Drum’s now-classic remix of Bonobo serves as a transition into deeper territory. Weaving original tunes with excellent Submotion Remixes, Ruckspin subtly increasing the temperature until boiling over with the euphoric Planas‘s single “Better Days”. Then we cool off with some classic purple synths and tremendously soulful cuts by Jack Sparrow and others.

Stream via mixcloud above, or get the download here.

1. Quark – Bernado [dub]
> The Weekend – What You Need [n/a]
> Planas – Rain On Me ft. Ed Thomas [Exceptional]
2. Burial – Street Halo [Hyperdub]
3. Khan – Polar [Electronic Explorations]
4. Bonobo – Eyes Down (Machine Drum remix) [Ninja Tune]
5. Ruckspin & Quark – Lydia’s Theme [dub]
> Icicle – Redemption ft. Robert Owens [Shogun Audio]
6. Submotion Orchestra – Blindspot (Distance remix) [Exceptional]
7. Ruckspin & Medison – Pastry Riddim [Pressed forthcoming]
> Submotion Orchestra – Hymn for Him (Phaeleh remix) [Exceptional]
8. Ruckspin – Belong [Electronic Explorations]
9. Submotion Orchestra – Times Strange ft. Rider Shafique [Exceptional]
10. Submotion Orchestra – Pop & Lock (Blacksmif remix) [Exceptional]
11. Cauto – Far From You [Disboot]
12. Submotion Orchestra – Perfection (Ed Thomas remix) [Exceptional]
13. Icicle – Need A Job [Shogun Audio]
14. Tarn – Train (Medison remix) [Smudge]
15. Planas – Better Days [Exceptional]
16. Ginz & Joker – Re Up [Kapsize]
17. Jack Sparrow – Can’t Dance [n/a]
18. Icicle & Joker D – Forseen [dub]
19. Jack Sparrow & Ruckspin – Good Old Days [Deep Medi]
20. Krts – Hold On (Glenn Astro remix) [Project Mooncircle]
21. Mount Kimbie – Carbonated [Hotflush]
22. Foreign Beggars – Flying To Mars ft. Donaeo (Ruckspin & Medison remix) [Mau5trap]
23. Joker – My Trance Girl [4AD]
24. Cymatic – Breakthrough [Dispatch]

10,000 Watts of Culture: Interview with Dub-Stuy’s Q, soundsystem creator

Exciting things are happening in Brooklyn. While armchair critics cry the death of dubstep and the coming of the EDM overlords, those with their ears to the ground know better; the local scene has never been more vibrant. There are more bass music parties than ever reaching the tenure of second and third years, gaining notoriety both nationally and abroad. And we’re starting to see an awareness of soundsystem culture coming back into the dialogue (shouts to all the hard work of Outlook, reconstrvct, and Tsunami Bass crews).

Upon hearing there was a 10,000 watt soundsystem being built in Brooklyn, engineered specifically for bass music,  I had to know more. A bit of sleuthing revealed these stunning build pictures, showing luscious wooden cabinets reminiscent of the legendary Mungo’s Hifi Rig. We got in touch with the folks behind the bass to chat a bit more about the Tower of Sound project, the Dub Stuy record label, and music and culture driving it all.

This friday, you have a chance to see and feel that soundsystem at the launch party for Dub Stuy Records in Brooklyn, with performances by Tour De Force Soundsystem ft. MC Brother Culture, Joe Nice (Dub War), TrueNature (reconstrvct), Matt Shadetek (Dutty Artz), Atropolis (Dutty Artz) and Hahn Solo (Dub is a Weapon).


WB: First of all, introduce yourself for all the folks at home – who are you, and who are the other folks behind the record label and the soundsystem?

Q: My name is Q and I am the founder of Sound Liberation Front and Dub-Stuy Records. SLF is an event production company I started about 5 years ago and Dub-Stuy is a label dedicated to promoting bass music and sound system culture stateside. I am also a DJ going by the name of Q-Mastah. My partner on the label is Jay Spaker aka Double Tiger. He is a talented producer and oversees the creative direction of the label.

WB: How did the soundsystem come about? What was the inspiration for it and how did you make it a reality?

Q: I’ve always been fascinated by sound system culture because it is at the foundation of Jamaican music and indirectly the broader spectrum of bass oriented music. I believe a proper sound system is an integral part of the bass music experience and I knew that building a sound was the missing piece to my puzzle. I did a lot of research and met a skilled speaker builder in Brooklyn with whom I collaborated on the design. It took almost a year to get the sound up and running.

WB: Pissed off any neighbors yet?

Q: Ha… I only have neighbors upstairs and thankfully they’ve been really chill about the whole thing.

WB: Do you have any plans for a recurring Dub-Stuy night with the Tower of Sound? What about renting the system out or collaborating with other parties?

Q: At this time, anything is on the table and I’m sure our plans will develop organically after the launch event.  We’re open to collaborations ideas and definitely will be looking to produce our own events. Right now, our focus is on building the right partnerships and developing the infrastructure and network to better support progressive bass music in the US.

WB: Tell me a little bit about the Tour De Force EP – how did the international collab with Brother Culture come about? There’s a lot of emcees in the world, how did you end up with him?

Q: Tour de Force Sound System is a musical project which started after I met with Jay, my partner on the label. He and I both had similar creative visions and complementary skillset, him as a producer and me as a selector/sound system owner. Together, we started developing a hybrid sound rooted in the tradition of the sound system and with a distinct Brooklyn flavor.

Brother Culture is one of the top MC on the scene today and probably one of the most versatile stylistically. He is a true veteran of the sound system world with a deep respect for the art form. When I met Jay, I had just returned from touring with him in Asia and thought he would be great as one of the main vocalist for the project. His style really fits our musical vision and he also brings an incredible amount of energy and stage presence to the shows.

WB: So for the show on Friday – the lineup features core members of some of the most legit bass music crews in NYC: Dub War, Dutty Artz, Reconstrvct, Sound Liberation Front. Did you set out to put together a bass music all-star team or did it just come together organically?

Q: This event is about uniting bass music under the lens of the sound system. Rather than taking a purist or exclusive approach, we wanted the launch party to be community building both from the standpoint of the artists and the people attending. I wanted to involve organizations which I respect for their integrity and for having similar visions to ours. We’re all about bass music in the end so there was an opportunity to build bridges and connect the dots musically. I’m really excited to see what comes out of this collaboration.

WB: Anything else folks should know about the show/the label?

Q: RSVP now and come early!


You heard the man! This friday the show starts at 9PM, and rolls on till 3AM. Admission is only $10 with RSVP. More details here.

Thanks again to Quoc and Linh at SLF for makin this happen.







Bassment Noise 5 with Dunes

Local badman Dunes was nice enough to send this mix our way, and I’ve been hideously delinquent in posting it. But we’re getting  It’s the fifth installment in Bass Squad’s Bassment Noise series. Oscillating between mellower, poolside-appropriate house and more club-ready tunes, this is one of those mixes that could work equally well as a warm up or a cool-down.

It’s worth noting that the track selection pulls heavily from underground NYC producers in and around the Broke City collective – names you’ve probably seen but might still be sleeping on. Sleepyhead, Cream Dream, Figgy, Dunes, Obey City – there’s a tremendous amount of talent bubbling up here. It would behoove you to pay attention.

Catz & Dogz feat Pol On- Me
Figgy- Yesterday Was (Unreleased)
Karmon- Wowshit
Soul Clap- Conscious
Superflu & Andhim- Reeves
Urulu- Reason With Me
Re.You- Junction
Vid- Nouinceput
Sleepyhead & Cream Dream- Go Back (Broke City Summer Collection)
Gorge- Changin
Kate Simko- Go on then feat Jem Cooke
Sleepyhead and Figgy- Reason to Believe (Broke City Summer Collection)
Jimmy Edgar- U Need Love
Dan Ghenacia & Shonky- Close to the Edge
Sleepyhead and Dunes- Illusions (Broke City Summer Collection)
DUNES- Look at the Sky
Makam- What Ya Doin’
Tyree- Nuthin Wrong
Kon- Earthbound
Obey City- Percalatin
Worthy- Lost Dog (LOL Boys Remix)
Jim E Stack- Come Between
Manare- Pearl vs. DJ Jay- Back it up
Mohegan Son- Spirit Balm (Broke City Summer Collection)
Bwana- Baby Let Me Finish vs. DJ Tameil- Tek 9

Thursday night: Percussion Lab x NTS Radio Live with XI

Get excited. The Percussion Lab Radio Live! nights have been a highlight of the summer, both in the club and listening at home. Tomorrow they’re doing a special collab event with NTS radio and featuring one of my favorite producers, XI.

Check out his incredible work here remixing Sepalcure:

In a lot of ways, XI is the ideal future bass producer – playing off the tropes of 2-step, darker strains of techno and meditative dubstep, and congealing them into something both introspective and floor-ready. But more importantly, his tunes all have this plaintive, poignant melodic thrust that makes them seem instantly nostalgic.

Check out these juicy clips from his latest EP, just stunning:

They’ve been kind enough to get an exclusive mix from him, full of “uncompromising, up-front club music” — you can listen to that HERE, and they also have a guestmix of his HERE that he did for the hotflush podcast from 2010, and still sounds fresh as hell.

XI is going to be playing Thursday night at Tammany Hall on the LES – All the relevant details are in the event listing HERE. It’s only $5, and goes from 7-2, so you can’t really use being employed OR being unemployed as an excuse.

Outlook 2012: A Very Thorough Recap

photo credit by mscrounge on Instagram

Outlook Festival is, first and foremost, a soundsystem festival. Much can (and should) be said about the remarkable setting, lineup and vibe, all of which contribute to its notoriety. But it’s the soundsystems that are the heart of Outlook, both literally and philosophically. Soundsystem culture started in 1950s Jamaica, and provided the cultural foundation for the music we now call dub reggae, hip hop, dancehall,  drum n bass and of course, dubstep. The artists booked to play Outlook come from across that spectrum of genres, as well as techno, house, UK Funky and grime. Hence all the dubplates, emcees, rewinds, and the massive, massive bass.

Yes, it really is in an abandoned fort. Yes, there are massive soundsystems inside the walls, tunnels, dungeons, and even the fucking moat.  There are also beaches, boat parties, camping and so so so much booze. And lest we forget – the lineup is out of this world. You can tell that the artists are just as excited to be there as the ticket-holders.

It really is as beautiful as it sounds.

photo by marc sethiphoto by morningsun on Instagramphoto credit: feliscontakt on instagram

The Soundsystems

By my count, there are 13 soundsystems at Outlook. 9 on the festival map, plus 4 boats. Though they vary in size, none could be called “weak,” not by any stretch of the imagination. Everywhere you go, you’re greeted with stacks on stacks on stacks of massive subwoofers, mids and tweeters, banging out some of the cleanest, warmest, most powerful bass music I’ve ever heard. We’ve all heard people use superlatives like “bone-rattling,” “chest-caving” and “bowel-loosening” to describe huge soundsystems; for the most part that’s hyperbole.

Not at Outlook. The system at the Fort, for instance. It cut right through me. It made me feel transparent. I’ve felt bass in my chest before, sure, but this I felt in every cell. You know that scene in Jurassic Park where they know the T-Rex is approaching by the way the water glass is trembling? It’s like that; you are that glass of water. All of you is vibrating. So is the ground. So is the sky. It’s like you’re in the speaker. Every hair stands on end. The air becomes palpable, like the fluid medium that it is. This must be what it feels like to be a fish, or a bird. You’re literally swimming in the sound. Even a mid-sized system at Outlook completely outclasses the best soundsystems in New York City (I’d take Mungo’s HiFi rig over Cielo’s Funktion-1 in a heartbeat).

The Clearing

You walk everywhere at Outlook, on dirt roads. From the main entrance, or from the campground, stages are at least a 10 minute walk. So it was a welcome change this year to see they introduced a new venue this year, situated halfway between the entrance and the rest of the venues. The Clearing is where the trail forked: the path to the left took you directly down to the the big outdoor stages, and the path to the right took you to smaller stages within the walls of the fort.

Between the two paths was a massive mural of the festival map, which drunks pondered at length before just asking stewards and random bystanders about the stage they were seeking.  Last year the same space served as a de-facto chillout zone, nitrous bazaar and meeting point; it had some of the only outdoor seating in the entire festival, and most of it was poorly lit.

This year, The Clearing was a mid-sized dirt field big enough for a game of soccer, ringed by trees and equipped with a massive stack of Funktion-1 speakers and a generous arsenal of lights and lasers. The entrance sign was well placed, framing the brilliant Croatian sunsets and sunrises as festival goers entered and left the venue area. Around the stage comfortably held close to 1,000 people, or so I’d guess.

Photo credit: Outlook Festivalphoto by DZW on Instagramphoto by swteph on instagram

The Clearing was an inevitable first and last stop for everyone, and Outlook definitely took advantage of that with the lineups. Koan Sound and Funtcase both went off, playing early on Friday to healthy crowds going appropriately nuts. At 1am Phaeleh played a typically gorgeous set to a rapt Clearing. Sunday was another big night at the Clearing, with Bonobo easing folks into the final night with a 2-hour set. Outlook fam Mosca, Jack Sparrow, Zed Bias and finally The Heatwave closed out the stage Sunday night in suitably epic fashion.  Also gotta mention Kode-9, whose set here featured some of the only juke I heard at Outlook 2012 (which was a mild disappointment, as last year it seemed abundant, but maybe that’s just me)


A few minutes past the Clearing, down a rocky dirt trail, there’s a point where the trail switches back before the final descent to the waterfront, and where the above sign frames a killer view of the Harbour stage, the Dockside Stage, and beyond that the actual waterfront where the boat parties load up. Harbour and Dockside are the two biggest stages at Outlook, and a bit of  a hike from the rest of the venues situated in the fortress itself. However, both had immense capacity and killer lineups, so it was quite possible to spend an entire evening between the two.

The Dockside stage was in many ways an ideal system. It sits on the docks, as promised, and the audience has a wide open field (of gravel) to occupy. So there was always room to move, and never a queue. The speaker stacks were in towers, elevated enough to project over a wide area, but still powerful enough to give you a rich dose of bass, even 100 feet back. And the big stage, with its distinctive, angular visuals, was great for emcees to prance about on.

Thursday night was a metalheadz takeover, gratifying all the drum and bass heads. Friday was a lineup of all Rinse.FM DJs – big sets in particular from Roska, Oneman and Zinc. Saturday it was back to drum n bass; with the rain pouring down, the Shogun Audio takeover kept kids raving their faces off despite the downpour. The final night was a packed lineup as well – a showdown/showcase with two of  the biggest labels in deep dubstep – Osiris and Chestplate. A stacked heavyweight lineup featuring Biome, Kryptic Minds, DJ Madd, Razor Rekta, Cyrus v. Tunnidge, Distance, and V.I.V.E.K. (most of whom played at reconstrvct in the past year).

photo credit: swteph on InstagramPhoto Credit: Graham Turnerphoto credit: marc sethi

The Harbour

Comparable in scale to the main stage at any major festival, The Harbour sits right on the ocean, with a massive arch of lights and two speaker towers. It has the largest capacity of any Outlook venue and hence played host to some of the biggest acts. Gentleman’s Dub Club and Fat Freddy’s Drop both played to a packed field on Thursday night. Submotion Orchestra broke 1,000 hearts on this stage, Max Romeo chased the devil off it, and Lee “Scratch” Perry sanctified it with a full band. Saturday saw Souls of Mischief and The Beatnuts rock it, before teenaged house heartthrobs Disclosure stepped up to keep people going despite torrential downpours. The sky cleared reverentially, though, for DMZ. Mala, Loefah, Coki and Sgt. Pokes had people skanking their asses off in the massive puddles. After that, Joker, Skream and finally Hatcha vs N-Type finished off a unparalleled night of classic dubstep.

Ironically, this was the only stage where one could quibble about the sound not being loud enough for certain acts. This was also the case last year, and I think it has to do with the Harbour stage being the most exposed – all the other venues enjoy some form of natural sound insulation from the fort or the hills, but the Harbour is essentially on flat ground.

credit: Mark Sethicredit: Graham Turnerphoto credit: danmedhurst.com

The Moat

One of the most talked about stages, the Moat was a long, narrow venue dug about 60 feet into the ground, with the highest stone walls of any part of Fort Punta Christo; it was litch-relly a moat. I chatted a bit with the guys installing the sound there, and they told me they spent 2 days measuring the distance between the speakers with lasers, so as to precision time the speaker delays. That effort paid off – the sound was pristine all along the length of it. Due to the limited capacity and spectacular view into it, the moat typically has a massive queue to get in.  One entered via a 2-flight metal staircase, and turned the corner into a harrowing tunnel of bass, lazers and lights.

The Moat was my first stop on Thursday night for the Swamp81 takeover, with huge techno sets from Pinch, Loefah, Boddika, Oneman and Mickey Pearce. Boddika was really the highlight for me though – even the emcee’s moronic chant of “sexy bod” couldn’t manage to put a damper on the energy of his set.  Saturday was also a stacked lineup in the Moat, with Ben UFO, Pearson Sound and Blawan all playing extended sets.

photo credit: persiadub on Instagramphoto credit: marc sethiphoto by izzard92 on Instagram

The Fort / Arena1

This was probably my favorite venue at Outlook. A perfect balance between spaciousness and sound insulation – the Fort was the biggest area fully enclosed by the fort’s original stone walls. The distinctive purple Void soundsystem provided the largest sweet spot of any system at Outlook, comfortably enveloping a few hundred ravers in deep, lustrous bassweight.

Notable sets here included Addison Groove, who rocked the place with a mix of  hybrid bass sound, George Fitzgerald with some upfront house, Hatcha’s history of dubstep set, and basically all of Sunday Night – the GetDarker takeover. Von D and Kromestar both brought extra-heavy sets. Extra special shouts to Chefal, who completely flipped the vibe with a rousing set of house that had me dancing my ass off. Then Silkie and Quest hyped up a capacity crowd with straight party vibes (ie: mixing “Do the Jazz” into “Source 16”). Finally Jay 5ive and Truth played the last sets there.

photo credit: marc sethiphoto credit: dan medhurst

Outside the Fort

Just past the entrance to the Fort was the cleverly-named Outside the Fort stage. Basically a big flat dirt pit about the size of a tennis court, dug out sort of terrace-like, with its own bar and massive Blackboard Jungle Soundsystem. Outside the Fort played host to all-night soundclashes between the Blackboard Jungle residents and parties like Dub Station, Hot Wuk, and OBF (the latter of which was a dream-team of Nicky Blackmarket, Remarc and Lion Dub with MC Navigator).


Mungo’s HiFi is a travelling soundsystem that ranks as one of the finest in the world. As a longtime collaborator with Outlook Festival, Mungo gets his own stage for his bespoke wood paneled soundsystem. Situated the furthest afield of any stage, Mungo’s is worth the trek. A footbridge takes you over a moat, through an arch and into a courtyard. The layout is unorthodox; two massive banks of speakers sit diagonally from each other across a rectangular courtyard; front left and back right. But this creates a much wider sweet spot, cutting a wide swath across the middle of the space. Which, incidentally, is right where you enter, putting you right into the vibe. Across the courtyard from the entrance is a staircase up to one of the best bars at Outlook. This is definitely the highest point of any publicly accessible area of Outlook, providing a stunning view of the ocean, the Harbour stage, and of course the dancefloor below.

The programming at the Mungo’s stage had an emphasis on dub and reggae. Jah Shaka played an epic 6 hour set here, and Sunday night it was a Dancehall Science takeover. Standouts for me included a classic dub set from Earl Gateshead, some live gameboy PA from Disrupt, and the Scottish badgirl swagger of Soom-T. Mungo’s also hosted a massive techno night on Friday with Walton, Damu, Girl Unit and XXXY. Mungo’s deserves special recognition as one of the friendliest vibes of any venue. Bigups!

photo credit: daddy sevyphoto by darthvalder on Instagramphoto by conorwheeler89 on Instagram

The Courtyard, Noah’s Ballroom, The Dungeon

Deep within Fort Punta Christo, these 3 rooms provided the most intimate venues at Outlook. Entering through the high stone arch, the Courtyard is a roughly rectangular space, comfortably holding maybe 200. Every wall was lit with amoeba-esque projections. A small stage and 2 modest (by Outlook standards) stacks of speakers make for a medieval version of your favorite club back home. The Black Acre/ Tempo Clash night here was the one for me – all manner of beats from Blue Daisy, Kelpe, Kutmah, as well as some more techno-ish stuff from Fantastic Mr Fox,  Hyetal, and a special late-night set by Dark Sky.

From there, stone tunnels burrow deeper into the fort, bringing you to Noah’s Ballroom, a circular stone drum with one speaker stack and an open ceiling, pictured below. Deeper still is the Dungeon, where the sound loops spookily around a figure-8 shaped vault of tunnels.

photo by marc sethiphoto by moorsi on instagramthe dungeon stage outlook 2012

Boat Parties

For a lot of folks, myself included, the boat parties were a huge highlight. 4 yachts were equipped with soundsystems, each hosting 3 parties per day. That’s 12 boat parties every day, making for 48 boat parties across the 4 days of the festival. With 3-6 artists per boat, that’s something like 200 sets.; practically a whole other festival, happening on the ocean. The boats held roughly 100 people each, making for a much more intimate experience, and more risk-taking sets from the artists. However, boat party tickets were extra, and sold out quickly.

Though tickets were gone in a matter of minutes, we managed to snag a spot on the Vagabondz boat, featuring a very housey lineup of Night Owl, New York Transit Authority, Disclosure, and Lil Silva. The boat shoved off at noon on Sunday, and after 2 days of rain the sun was finally back in full effect. As folks loaded in, Night Owl warmed things up with a little hip hop before transitioning into some easy 4×4 selections. New York Transit Authority was up next, starting off with his Off The Trax VIP, and laying down one of my favorite sets of the entire festival. Jubilant, sunny house music was just what the doctor ordered. Disclosure stepped up after that, dropping a nice selection of their tunes as well as others. Then we were all treated to a fun b2b session from NYTA and Disclosure. Focusing on well known party tunes, everyone sang along to classics by Biggie, Destiny’s Child and Grandmaster Flash.

Finally, Lil Silva stepped up. While I’ve never been a huge fan of UK Funky, and was pretty tired after dancing for 3 hours in the sun, I still couldn’t help but dance my ass off. His infectious energy, quick mixing and huge basslines had everyone in a frenzy. By mid-set, there were rewinds happening on nearly every tune. When the boat finally pulled in to dock, the crowd was so hyped that they refused to get off, chanting ONE MORE TUNE! ONE MORE TUNE!

photo by evan rosendisclosure mensah new york transit authority vagabondz boat party night owl lil silvaphoto by meehere on tumblr

The Scene

Things always get silly at Outlook. Not much else could be expected, given that you have so many sun-starved, booze-soaked British youths partying their asses off for 4 days straight, with the surreal backdrop of a ruined Mediterranean fortress. Add to that 2 nights of unexpected, torrential rain, and you could well say that shit got ridiculous. Unlike Burning Man (which happens during the same week in Nevada), there’s not much in the way of costuming (or fancy dress) – but when things got wet, people started wearing some pretty silly items to stay dry. Below, you can see the traditional Croatian rave-poncho (as modeled by the WompBlog crew), the trash-bag cloak (very popular this year) with bespoke zip-lock hat, and a minimal cardboard box-vest. I WISH I had a picture of the two guys who were just wearing their tents, poles and all, with their heads poking through holes cut in the top, or the young MacGuyver who fashioned himself a bubble-wrap ghillie.

photo credit: some random outlookerthis gentlemen fashioned a waterproof hat from a sandwich bagphoto by moorsi on Instagram

Between 20k and 25k attended Outlook this year – most of us college age to late 20s. I’d guess that guys outnumbered girls, but only slightly.  Roughly 4 out of 5 people there were from the UK. The non-UK minority was largely European – French, Germans, Italians and Belgians were prominent, and obviously there were a lot of Croatians (who I believe got discounted admission, and were a bit more at liberty to buy day passes) as well as Hungarians, Serbs and I think I heard some Hebrew as well. Last year at Outlook, I could count the Americans I met on one hand. This year we were still quite rare, but exponentially more of us than last year. Running in to some of my NYC fam (shouts to bassfaced!) while out there was definitely a welcome change.

The people who did come were absolute nutters. For the sizable student bloc, this was their last weekend of holiday before classes started again, so the youngest were also going the hardest. Gotta say, these kids handled their alcohol vastly better than their American counterparts would have. In 2 years of going to Outlook, I’ve seen precisely one person throw up. ONE. However, seeing folks passed out drunk on the side of a dancefloor or half in their tent was quite common. At 11pm on Saturday I saw a young lady curled up on the ground near the Clearing stage, using her half-empty 40 as a pillow.

To what can we attribute this European superiority in the inebriate arts? For starters, they did they have several years head start (the drinking minimum age is 18 in the UK). But they also came up in a culture that values marathon drinking; in contrast, American’s take more of a sprinting or powerlifting approach, valuing impressive short-term accomplishments over stamina. Most of the Brits I talked to couldn’t relate to the concept of a time of day when you started drinking – if you were on Holiday, there was never a time to not be drinking. This method is not without its consequences though; more times than I can count, I overheard stories of partying nonstop for 2 days, then returning to the tent to change clothes, passing out, and missing a whole night of music. I didn’t hear anyone say they regretted it, though.

Due to the many country borders and customs inspections most people had to go through en route to Outlook, there was a remarkably scant presence of drugs. Spliffs and Nitrous balloons were ever-present, but I didn’t see a whole lot of people overtly tripping, nor would random sketchy people solicit your business. If anyone managed to bring drugs in to Croatia, they weren’t looking to share. While I heard plenty of kids complaining about the lack of pills,  I’d like to think this actually enhances everyone’s experience, even the grumblers. By cutting out all the time and energy people typically do devote to finding drugs, the focus was inevitably on the music.

The Setting

Outlook Festival is in Pula, Croatia, on the beautiful Adriatic, which you can sea here *rimshot.* Venice Marco Polo is the closest major international airport, and from Venice you can either take a ferry or a bus to Pula.  The bus was around 5.5 hours (and was on time, both ways). The ferry I heard was a bit faster (also pricier).

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More specifically, the festival happens here, at Camp Puntižela, ostensible in the city of Pula. The marker for Camp Puntižela on the map below is the entrance, and camping happens all along the north edge of that little dongle of land, with the main soundsystems on the south side, in the ruins of the fort and on the docks.

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the dongle in detail – note the docks, and fortress ruins

Camping onsite puts you right in the center of the action – 24 hours a day. It’s cheap as chips – £9/$15 a night, and there’s a beach (with a soundsystem, of course), and many, many bars. There’s also tons of mediocre festival food, and a decently stocked grocery. Good luck getting any sleep, though. Pretty much anywhere you put your tent, you’ll be hearing at least one soundsystem going till well past sunrise, as well as ~10,000 elated, drunken maniacs returning to their camps from 1-8 am. Which means you need to either get pass-out drunk yourself, or get your tent in the shade so you can sleep a bit during the day.

If that’s not your cup of tea, you can find places to stay in the city of Pula, which is several kilometers away (bottom right corner), or the next town north of there, Fazana (not on this map but actually a bit closer to camp than Pula). This year, The Outlook website had apartment rental listings in Pula, Fazana, and other towns further afield. Which is a great idea in theory, but the listings were all pretty vague, had 1 exterior picture, and were all listed as being 5km from the festival site. They were, however, all the same price (£25/$40 per night).

My advice: get an apartment through airbnb. There are decent options at around £20/$30/night, and that will usually sleep at least 2. Another option is Bi Village, which you can see at the very top of the map there. It’s is a family-oriented resort, but probably the closest possible lodging (about 3km away). It’s a bit pricier, £56/$91 for a 2 person suite, but there’s also a big-ass pool and a private beach, it’s a resort hotel, linen service, etc. I don’t know what Crazy Beach is but it sounds awesome.

Bus lines run to and from the festival site to both Pula and Fazana about once an hour, for 11 kuna per trip (<$2). There are also cabs – local cabs will take you to and from downtown Pula for about a hundred kuna (about $17), which ain’t bad, especially with a few friends. Then there’s Taxi Cammeo, representing 12 out of 13 cabs waiting for you at the main entrance to the festival. Taxi Cammeo is a new company this year pretending (not very hard) to be yellow cabs. On their website it says the first 3km are 15 kuna, and 6 kuna/km after that. That would make a trip to downtown Pula (7.5 km from Camp) cost 45 kuna. However, when I talked to these guys in the parking lot, they quoted that same trip as 150-250 kuna PER PERSON. One of these ass-clowns tried to explain the per person pricing by saying “Iz like hotel, but driving.” I heard a steward muttering about how they were all Croatian mafia; I believe it.

The Summation

Last year Outlook came under some pointed criticism after the festival ended. Having doubled in size to 25,000 people, there were some inevitable issues: inaccurate set times due to poorly run stages, long lines for everything, rampant littering, and poorly maintained campsite bathrooms sullied the experience for some. There were allegations of campsite theft by the Croatian security. In the wake of this, Outlook Festival made a lot of promises about how things were going to be different this year. And I gotta say, they really delivered.

The campsite was dramatically cleaner – I saw barely any rubbish on the ground. There were signs posted encouraging folks to clean up after themselves, a cups-for-beer exchange program, and many, many more bins. I can’t vouch for how the bathrooms held up this year, as I stayed offsite, but there were noticeably more porta-potties at the venues, and I didn’t spend any time waiting in line for a free one. I also noticed a lot more stewards this year – volunteers who do 2 days of work  for a free festival ticket. They were posted every 50 meters along the hike to and from the venues, ensuring that even the most plastered attendees wouldn’t get lost.

The programs this year were much better designed. The map was vastly more readable than last year’s. Instead of a bound booklet of set times (that would fall apart in your sweaty pockets), the schedule was arranged like a poster, that folded up so you could see the complete set times for all stages on the front and back, and slip that into a laminated pouch that hung on a lanyard around one’s neck. The stages were running somewhat more on time, though nothing was clockwork, exactly. The one major scheduling disappointment for me was that Planas‘s set got moved to the Harbour stage, but at the appointed time and place there were no signs, nor any staff who seemed to know where it had gone. I also heard some boat parties were at the wrong times.

All in all though, the festival was much better run than last year, while maintaining the same incredible setting, soundsystems and a similar calibre lineup.  Maybe it was just better staffing and shorter queues, but it seemed like there were actually fewer people this time around. The only thing that wasn’t as good as last year was the weather – had it not been for the rain (the first in Croatia in 6 months), I think you’d have a lot of folks proclaiming this the coming of Festival Jesus. Hell, even with the rain, people were clearly having the time of their lives. The only major areas that could stand improving would be the food, keeping the scheduling as on time as possible, and posting notices when set times get rearranged or moved. The music, the venue and the people couldn’t be better. In short, I know I’ll be back next year – I sure hope some of you reading this join me.

Mentalien – Horizon Mix

Super extra tasty mix by Mentalien of all kinds of new-but-nostalgic uk housey stuff. There’s a thick vein of garage and ravey-ness flowing through a mostly 4 on the floor session. Tons of tunes on here that got rinsed repeatedly at Outlook, and probably being rinsed currently at Dimensions Fest – if you want a taste of what’s going down in Croatia right now, this is a pretty decent sampler. Lots more great-looking mixes over at Mentalien’s soundcloud.


Total Control – You Took My Lovin (Alien dub) – Nice’N’Ripe
NY Stomp – The NY House Trak – Illusion
Jordan Peak – It’s A Groove Thing – Robsoul
Jessie Ware – Wildest Moments (Zed Bias aka Maddslinky rmx) – Universal
Mosca – Eva Mendes – Hypercolour
Disclosure feat. Sinead Harnett – Boiling (Medlar rmx) – Greco Roman
CRST – Pressure – Valve
French Fries – Yo Vogue (Claude Vonstroke rmx) – Dirtybird
XXXY – Werk – Halocyan
Scuba – NE1BUTU – Hotflush
Breach – You Won’t Find Love Again – Naked Naked
Zed Bias – Music Deep Inside – Swamp 81
DJ Rum – Mountains pt.1 (Pedestrian’s Pirate Radio rmx) – 2nd Drop
George Fitzgerald – Child – Aus Music
24Hour Experience – Need A Man – Nice’N’Ripe

MessKid on the decks [VIDEO]

If you go out in NYC, then there’s no doubt you’ve heard of this DJ, MessKid. Probably the hardest working local DJ I know of – following his twitter account is an exercise in FOMO-resistance, since he plays somewhere cool pretty much every night. Sometimes 2 or 3 parties a night.

All that work pays off. Tonight he’s opening for Rustie and Flosstradamus at Webster Hall.  A few months back, Noise212 posted this great video of Mess doin his thing, running through all manner of dark, minimal UK and eastcoast-inspired bass music.

MESS KID – #031 from Noise212 on Vimeo.

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