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DJ Hoodboi, Lakim, Arnold, Doctor Jeep at Babys All Right [12AM/$10-15]
Headliner DJ Hoodboi is another one of those much–discussed anon Jersey Club producers – and we love us some club shit. But what makes this out top pick this week is a more-than-solid support lineup of producers doing awesome things with emerging genres. Lakim just put out an EP on the amazing electronic/soul label Soulection. It’s a spacious, jazzy and utterly fresh take on club music, and up for free d/l.
Arnold comes to us from LA, and while his music clearly owes much to trap, there’s nothing formulaic about it. His tunes have vibrant, dreamy lightness to them – pitched up vocals dominate, snare rolls trill off into infinity and there’s not a gun sample in earshot. Closer to ital-tek than UZ. Post trap? Outsider trap? Who knows but I fux with it. And Doctor Jeep is a staple of this blog for his ravey heavy bass, but lately he’s been fucking with producing at 170bpm. Check this interview he did with BYT about the show – he says he’ll be closing the night out, so expect some weirder stuff and deeper cuts.
BROKE CITY: MIKE Q, Mess Kid, Sleepyhead, Poolboy92, Dunes at Bizarre Brooklyn [10PM/FREE]
Broke City is an event I always recommend to those looking for underground bass music in Brooklyn. The residents are all killer selectors and producers of house, beats, future bass etc etc.. But this time you also get two world-class DJs; ballroom god Mike Q and ultra-hustler Mess Kid, FOR FREE?!? Fuck outta here.
ULTRAVELVET: Compton Chic, DJ Uniique, Mess Kid, Abdu Ali (live!), Quay Dash (live!) at Steel Drums [11PM-5AM/$5-10]
Ultravelvet earns a mention not only for their awesome guest curation (previously: Rizzla, Cakes da Killa and now our homies Mess Kid and Uniique) but for their amazing tumblr. Photos and gifs of the party will give you a better sense of the vibe than any writeup.
Daedelus, DJ Clap, YYU at 285 Kent [9PM/$12-15]
Daedelus is a magnificent weirdo and unrepentant genre-fucker. As a producer he wages a “war against cliche”. As a DJ he’s beyond adventurous, brilliantly pulling off blends that should never work. So it’s not surprising that his label, Magical Properties, has attracted similarly irreverent artists. DJ Clap’s self-described ‘hyper-juke’ is a demonic hybrid of footwork played at happyhardcore-ish speeds – and yet it works. His mix for our homies at Cluster Mag earlier this year is definitely worth checking out. And the emminently un-googleable YYU’s ambient and found-sound compositions still manage to exude interest and a moody vibe.
GHE20G0TH1K Fade to Mind Takeover: Nguzunguzu, Kingdom, DJ Big O, Venus X at tba [10PM/$10-15]
The hardest-to-describe-party meets the hardest-to-describe label for a feast of underground sounds that historians will struggle for decades to define. The icey beats of Nguzunguzu and Kingdom’s hard future/ hyper club sounds (see now I’m just mashing words together) will be contrasted by jersey club from DJ Big O and the usual unusual intercontinental grab bag from $hayne and Venus.
Jon Hopkins, Clark, Nathan Fake at Santos Party Haus [7-10:20PM/$17-20]
There’s a reason Jon Hopkins keeps getting booked in NYC. Not only does he make strikingly accessible techno and electronica that’s both cerebral and soulful – his Immunity LP is going to dominate year end lists. But he also is a riveting live performer, using 3 kaoss pads to stunning effect (I said more about it here and there’s also a recent Boiler Room set to enjoy).
SHADE – Detropia: DJ Assault, Mess Kid, Michael Magnan at secret location [12AM/$15]
The godfather of ghetto house, the don of detroit, the ayatollah of ass-n-titties… DJ Assault is worthy of many monikers. He’s also responsible for one of my favorite remixes of all time. This saturday he headlines Shade, a roving warehouse party that’s gotten loads of nice press lately (hopefully that hasn’t ruined it). Plus a THIRD appearance for Mess Kid on the list this weekend (that’s gotta be some kind of record).
Sunday Sessions: Future Brown (Fatima Al Qadiri, Nguzunguzu & J-Cush) at Moma PS1 [5PM/$12-15]
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