The Dancing Misanthrope’s Disco Missive: an in-depth guide to the best dance music events this week

Morning kids! The weekend’s just about to touch down. It’s getting darker and colder. And, you know what, this Misanthrope loves it. There’s no excuse to stay in, so get stuck into this lot.

And if you want to know where The Dancing Misanthrope is dancing, whether that’s east, south or occasionally beyond the Big Smoke, or what I’ve been listening to, like my Facebook page:


TONIGHT (Nov 23), Birthdays

Dalston’s Birthdays is certainly turning its basement into a hotspot for all kind of eclectic parties and this Friday sees the return of the very ace Snap, Crackle & Pop! The night is as much about fresh and quality live bands as they are about DJs keeping the groove going on and on. For this party, they have dirty disco duo In Flagranti to sex up the dancefloor, while the main live support is Figures, a production duo who, much like Simian Mobile Disco, appreciate the subtle beauty of analogue sounds. You can have all the flashy lights and hand-waving you want, but if you want to experience of live electronica as it should be, as the likes of SMD and KiNK have shown in the capital recently, you’ll want to make sure you get down for Figures too. And on top of that, no forward-thinking club night is complete without also showcasing new talent, so for the early birds, there’ll be also be live performances from bands Mens Adventures and Crows.
£3/£5, 9pm-3am. Facebook page.


This Friday is also record store and label Phonica’s Ninth Birthday and you can’t fault the brilliant line-up they have for their big bash at XOYO. They’ve only gone and picked their acts straight from the legendary sources of underground dance music, from Detroit, France and, um, Belfast? (wait, it’s not that much of an anomaly, considering it’s also the hometown of Optimo’s JG Wilkes). Detroit is synonymous with the underground techno sound so it’s only fitting to have Detroit-based producer Omar-S headlining, no doubt bringing his own distinct, deep and dark flavour to the mix. Also on the bill is French DJ legend Ivan Smagghe, last seen playing alongside favourite partner-in-crime Andrew Weatherall at Bugged Out’s Halloween Party and before that the special guest at Daniel Avery and Matt Walsh’s Movement Club. Then of course, there’s the Belfast connection – no, it’s not actually Optimo (who are Glasgow-based anyway) or Johnnie on his own, but just as exciting a duo, Bicep, who’ve been rightfully rising in attention this year for their ‘Vision of Love’ 12-inch. This is one pumping line-up for sure, where we’re betting the DJs will be feeding the brand spanking new XOYO sound system with gorgeous vinyl.  Well, you wouldn’t expect less from Phonica, would you?
£12.50 adv, 9pm-3am. Event page


TUESDAY (Nov 27), Rough Trade East

Monday November 26 will be an important day for Throbbing Gristle fans with the release of double-album project ‘Desertshore / The Final Report’, a final memoriam to one of the most influential underground bands ever. Completed by former members Chris and Cosey in memory of Peter ‘Sleazy’ Christopherson, the first project ‘Desertshore’ is essentially a re-worked cover of Nico’s seminal 1970 album of the same title, which Sleazy had originally conceived the idea of before his untimely passing. It features an imaginative array of guest vocalists, including Antony Hegarty, Marc Almond, Sasha Grey and Gaspar Noe; ‘The Final Report’ is something like a document, made up of hours of the last recording and experimenting sessions between Chris and Cosey and Sleazy. To celebrate this release, Chris and Cosey will be appearing at Rough Trade East for a special evening hosted by The Quietus‘ Luke Turner to discuss ‘Desertshore / The Final Report’ and no doubt sharing as much as possible their rich history of pushing boundaries in the art of noise.
FREE, from 7pm.


WEDNESDAY (Nov 28), Plastic People
In case you don’t make it down to Friday’s R&S Warehouse Party – and didn’t get on it fast enough to get a ticket to an intimate gig with James Blake early in December – you might want to try out this mid-week night James and his label mates Dan Foat, Airhead, Klaus and drummer Ben Assiter have been running at Plastic People since the summer. Despite the name, 1-800-DINOSAUR doesn’t have any relation with TEED, rather these residents just take turns each playing the records they love, which could actually turn out to be anything (but by anything we don’t mean just any old discriminate crowd-pleasing fodder). Much like the aforementioned Movement Club, this party aims to offer an intimate setting for eclectic tastes, especially digging out the records you may otherwise not get to listen and dance to. With Dinosaurs, it could well be a UK garage night, or old-school Chicago house, or dub – you just won’t know until you get there. But if you trust these guys at R&S then get yourself down on Wednesday and try it out. And these parties should be happening about every fortnight.
£5/£3, 9pm-2am.

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Posted on: November 23, 2012

The East Stand, Vol. 2

Take your seat in The East Stand and cheer on Hackney’s sporting heroes. We have all the stories and interviews in a 30-minute magazine show. And bring your plimsolls because you might just get a kick yourself.
Get ready for the Games with our Olympic torch relay special. Hear the torchbearers’ stories as we report from the day the flame arrived in Hackney. We have a special guide to the nooks and crannies of the route with Simon from Hackney Tours. Plus Elizabeth from London Fields Yoga is back to stretch us out.

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Posted on: July 23, 2012

London Fields Radio’s Guide to East London


Hackney’s micro radio revolution, London Fields Radio, presents its insider guide to east London. LFR presenters and residents of Wilton Way take you to the area’s micro-breweries, bakeries, breakfast hotspots, bookshops and cafés, from secret spots to old East End favourites.

The East Stand‘s Jimmy Lloyd gives you a local itinerary that takes in London Fields Lido, London Fields Brewery and Violet’s Cakes; Paul Hanford tries and tests the best breakfasts, including at Hackney Wick’s Counter Cafe; LFR’s classical don Richard Scott reveals the best bookish Hackney haunts; plus countless other suggestions from Nuts ’n’ Bolt‘s Alex Oxley, The Dirt‘s Lisa Jeliffe, The Spurstowe Arms, Borough Wines, The Other Side of the Pillow and more. And stay tuned for the inaugural show from Faizal Farook too…

Listen to the podcast on Mixcloud.

Produced by Laura Scheiter. Music by Waze & Odyssey (‘See Y’all Soon’, ‘Stay Away from Me’), CSY & Stripes (‘Footise’) and Firas (‘Stray’).

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Posted on: July 17, 2012

Transounds, Vol. 7

Transounds travel through the global soundscapes, playing music that provokes images and feelings of people and subcultures worldwide.

Here, they’re are back with their seventh show, Max’s Kansas City. A show for you to relax to and let you spirit move freely as the psychedelic tunes flow through your body and mind as we play some of our favourite modern day hippie tunes. Feel free to light that incense and chill…
Hejira –

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Posted on: July 10, 2012

LFR does the Radio 1 Hackney Weekend!

Radio 1's Hackney Weekender in the sun

London Fields Radio was invited to DJ at the Radio 1 Hackney Weekend on June 24 for one of their ‘Pop-up Parties’. LFR presenter Lucy Pink did the honours – read her account of the antics after the jump.


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Posted on: June 27, 2012