While we’ve had bitter freezing and flooding to overcome for the start of 2013, the nod to spring immediately gets everyone yearning for warmer weather, aided by all these exciting festival announcements and new albums along the horizons. But rest assured that in the present, there’s plenty to be content and excited about.
This month’s got a lot on offer to make you fall in love with electronic music all over again, from the most exciting sounds from the underground be they new, veteran but always fresh, and quite a few doing it live just like it says on the tin. Also check out my chart mix for this month, featuring a bit of a contrast of sounds to say the least: yes, there’s David Bowie, Factory Floor, Todd Terje, Daniel Avery and Justin Timberlake all in the same mix. Why not!
SCANDALISM: YUKSEK + GET A ROOM
Feb 1, The Nest
Dalston’s finest basement club The Nest starts February with electro-disco nite Scandalism, bringing a double dose of French to the party. Yuksek’s made it good on his own material and performing live using his own vocals. But he still knows how to work a crowd from behind the decks by just playing great, buzzing nu-disco electro, his bunch of a remixes for the likes of Phoenix, The Shoes, M83, Oh Land, and, in turn and his productions that get the rework treatment from his peers, including The Magician, Aeroplane and Brodinski. He’s joined by fellow Parisian DJ-producer-remixing-blogging-
Feb 1, Birthdays
He’s gained a lot of underground buzz as the go-to guy for remixing (his work so far includes remixes for Grimes, Lianne La Havas, Kanye West, Frank Ocean, Lil’ B and, most recently, Cat Power), but Canadian producer Ryan Hemsworth is finally making his UK debut with a live show at this night presented by Maybach. It also featuring their residents Altered Natives, Slackk, Tom Lea and Oil Gang. Better yet, the event is completely free! So that’s definitely a worthwhile option to tempt you in Dalston at the start of February too, especially as it’s at buzz club Birthdays, just opposite The Nest.
FREE, 10:45pm-2.45am, https://www.facebook.com/
BUGGED OUT: FAKE BLOOD + KOLSCH LIVE
Feb 2, XOYO
Following their successful sell-out Weekender in Butlins (during a period of massive snowfall, no less), Bugged Out return to XOYO for a night with regular favourite Fake Blood. But, though Theo’s a great DJ, the real reason we’re feeling ecstatic about this is because Kölsch’s name on the bill. If you don’t know this enigmatic producer, you’ll definitely know his tracks ‘Loreley’, ‘Opa’, ‘Der Alte’, which revered DJs Erol Alkan’s, Andrew Weatherall’s (and Theo’s too, obviously) recent sets would be incomplete without. Expect the dancefloor to be completely blown away with his live set, hopefully bringing the Berlin Panorama vibes direct to the Big Smoke. Fellow Blood Music artist LeBreton completes the line-up.
£15 approx (advance sold out, MOTD), 9pm-3am https://www.facebook.com/
GIG: MARIA MINERVA
Feb 7, The Shacklewell Arms
With commercial artists like Rihanna and Azealia Banks superficially dabbling with lo-fi DIY aesthetics (hell, even the new Sky Ferreira video, as much as we love her), it’s important to bring your attention back to those artists whose audio and visual work is really all their own. Hailing from Tallinn, Estonia, but building up her soundscapes from city to city, from Lisbon to London and New York, Maria Minerva is one of those great counterbalances of pop music from the underground: avant-garde pop and disco filtered and reverberated through the murky noises of Throbbing Gristle, if you will. Hopefully her live sets will also bring this sound and vision beyond the bedroom laptop musician’s trappings too at what should be a visceral, atmospheric gig.
£8, doors 8pm, http://www.shacklewellarms.
GIG: DAN DEACON
Feb 14, Village Underground
Whether or not you have a loved one on Valentine’s Day, there couldn’t really be a better way to spend it than having an en masse electronic love-in with Dan Deacon. He’s the kind of guy you need to make those important protest marches not feel so dreary: his latest album ‘America’ is, after all, a kind of patriotic protest album that explodes with euphoric energy rather than rage. His musical genius ranges from composing film scores for Francis Ford Coppola to doing crazy things to pop music, like mashing up Grimes, Gangnam Style and about 50 other songs into a mini album ,or overlaying Carly Rae Jepsen’s ‘Call Me Maybe’ 147 times to astounding and scary effect. But his live shows are where he lets the madness loose with no bounds. There’s no other musician that gets audience participation like Dan Deacon, as this video proves: http://www.youtube.com/watch?
£11, doors 7:30pm, http://www.villageunderground.
SIMIAN MOBILE DISCO LIVE
Feb 22, Factory 7
If you missed out on Simian Mobile Disco’s blinding live shows last autumn, worry not. Back from their US tour (and hopefully enlightening beer bros on the finer wines of the ‘EDM’ spectrum), Jas and James come back for a mini European tour, including this London date playing their fantastic live set at a warehouse party. Not that glorified DJ sets with fancy lights and props can’t be mind-blowing experiences (Justice and Boys Noize are just two examples, in particular) but it doesn’t really get more exciting than seeing this duo playing off what is essentially their analogue studio gear on stage, with improvising and remixing all along the way. For the full club experience, there’s also a full support including Untold, South London Ordnance and Matt Walsh.
£15-20, 10pm-late https://www.facebook.com/
JUST FOR YOU
Feb 23, Oval Space
One of our favourite new spaces in London, Oval has at least four parties in 2013 that are worth checking out. First up is this beauty, thanks to Joy Orbison, who’ll be curating the series entitled ‘Just For You’ along with promoters Black Atlantic. This first one here is headlined by Hessle Audio’s Ben UFO, who is getting a lot of just attention and acclaim for his recent FabricLive mix, along with Orbison himself, while support comes from New York duo Mister Saturday Night and London’s Blackest Ever Black member, Raime. For those who like their raves with more aesthetics than just a dark room with occasional flashes, Orbison’s Hinge Finger label partner Will Bankhead will be in charge of creating the look for each night, promising a unique combination of artwork and light installations to complement the dance.
£15, 10pm-6am, https://www.facebook.com/
SPECIAL RECOMMENDATION: THE CLOUDED VISION EXPERIMENT
Feb 16, Loft Studios
Though this is a somewhat belated London launch party for his Clouded Vision Experiment compilation, released last November, and though it isn’t anywhere in east London – it’s actually way out west – Matt Walsh’s party is definitely worth the wait. He has put together the highest grade line-up, headlined by none other than electroclash’s most prominent voice and educator, Miss Kittin. Still going strong with one of our favourite dance tracks of last year, ‘Girlz’ (which was also recently reworked by Riton for his Ed Banger solo release), we couldn’t be more excited for her to lead us on the dancefloor. It, of course, gets even better that she’s got the best supporting men possible, in the shape of Daniel Avery and Justin Robertson, who together have contributed one of the highlights of the Clouded Vision compilation. Individually, Avery’s been busy with many a fantastic production for Erol Alkan’s Phantasy label and has just recently started hosting a monthly slot on Rinse FM, while Robertson’s also got a new album of beats to enrapture us, coming soon, under his Deadstock 33s moniker. This one’s seriously not to be missed.
£15, 10pm-6am, https://www.facebook.com/