The Dancing Misanthrope’s March Disco Missive

The Dancing Misanthrope’s March Chart 2013 Mix by Dancingmisanthrope on Mixcloud

At the timing of writing, it doesn’t look like we’ve getting an early spring. On the bright side, Easter is coming early this year, which can only mean an epic weekend marathon of parties you can rave to. But before we reach the end of the month there’s still plenty in March to make you go mad – not all necessarily immediately on your Hackney doorstep, but you’ll thank yourself for making the extra trek.

There’s a long-awaited album getting the party it deserves, the greatest live band in the world with their own heavily-anticipated debut to come, the best kind of tribute disco party for one of the biggest bands in the world finally back on tour and the best DJ ever set to take the crowd on one last amazing musical journey. And if you think there’s been a severe breach of abusing hyperbole just now, then read on and find out for yourself.

You can also listen to the Dancing Misanthrope chart mix for March, featuring new exciting sounds from The Asphodells, Kavinsky and The Knife as well some fantastic remixes from Factory Floor and Lindstrom, as well as a couple other surprises.


March 2, Netil House

The only album hailing from France that electro nuts have been anticipating, other than Daft Punk, that is, Kavinsky’s ‘Outrun’, produced by Ed Banger’s prince of darkness SebastiAn, has finally reached the end of its journey. The only thing to do apart from playing this audio equivalent of pulp 80s noir cinema in your ears on repeat is to get down to the launch party in Hackney. Also featuring Riton and brilliant Belgian duo Mumbai Science (who also remixed the track ‘Protovision’) to keep the party going all night long, it’s certainly the first of several more unmissable French electronica rave-outs to expect in coming months.

£25; 9pm-4am.


March 14, ICA

Kraftwerk aren’t the only band to play in an art gallery space, though if you’re familiar with the workings of post-industrial trio Factory Floor, it wouldn’t be crazy to put them in the same lineage. Admittedly, the ICA does put on standard gigs too, but then Factory Floor don’t do ‘standard’. As part of their one-year Associate Artist residency, they will be creating a unique sonic experience unlike any other, collaborating with avant-garde soundscaper, Simon Fisher Turner, who will be reworking the band’s sounds with his own for a special live performance. As the first Factory Floor gig of the year, it’ll also be your first opportunity to listen to much of their material from their long-awaited debut album, which we can only expect to be every bit as astounding as the mind-throbbing ecstasy of new single ‘Fall Back’.

£7/8; doors 8pm.


March 20, Electrowerkz

We first became friends with Icona Pop when they were DJing and singing all around the London scene. But since their riotous anthem ‘I Love It’ exploded onto dancefloors, Caroline and Aino have only seen their profile grow, especially after relocating to New York and getting a little help from HBO hit show ‘Girls’. Yet, outrageously, ‘I Love It’ never actually saw an official release in the UK. However, that will finally be rectified when the single is released along with a handful of remixes on the 17th March. To coincide with that, they’ll also be coming back to London for this one-off gig at the intimate Electrowerkz. Get ready to stomp and shout with joy: “I DON’T CARE, I LOVE IT!!!”

£8.50; doors 7pm.


March 23, Queen of Hoxton

Everyone likes a birthday party and, to be honest, it’s a whole lot easier when the birthday belongs to a venue  it means you’ll know where to end up and it’s guaranteed good dance music! So to celebrate its fourth birthday, Queen of Hoxton’s not only decking out the party confetti, mirror balls and cake, but behind their literal decks will also be a banging supply of DJs, with special guests Roberts Owens and Alan Braxe set to bring their respective legendary Chicago house and French Touch style onto the dancefloor. Keeping it real with the London talent will also be regular party-starters Orlando Boom, Amp & Deck, Slothboogie and Capita!, to name just name a few. Lots of DJs, lots of space to dance, and lots of cake: the perfect ingredients for any birthday bash.

£4/6; 8pm-4am.


March 23, The New Empowering Church

In case you weren’t so lucky to get your ticket for Fleetwood Mac’s reunion tour in the autumn (or just weeped at the ticket prices), then there is an alternative. And we don’t mean tribute bands. Started last year by our DJ friend Roxanne Roll (also Smooth Sailing with Mr Sushi), Fleetmac Wood is dedicated to purely playing Fleetwood Mac songs re-fitted for the dancefloor (excluding covers, be grateful for that), and there’s no shortage of quality from their producer fans – just check out the most recent mix for a taster.

Featuring a line-up of Fleetwood fanatic DJs, including Pete Wheeler (Buttoned Down Disco, Dance London Dance and Reading’s Skint Mondays), whether you’ve missed out on the real gigs or paid up top dollar, this remains an unmissable event in a big year for the Mac. And before we forget, the party theme is White Winged Love theme, so find something white or winged or both and go dance!

£8; 9pm – 3am



March 28, Fire

Since 2008, and increasing by one hour each year, Easter Thursday has been about the all-round influential, versatile and downright legendary Erol Alkan’s marathon challenge, which comes to its natural conclusion at double figures. A true one-man show taking in all sounds across the spectrum, which really means the dedicated should ensure that you arrive right at the start of the journey, from chilled psychaedlia to electro curveballs, special extended edits and reworks, effortlesslyt cutting and mixing bangers that have made his name across genres and dancefloors from Bugged Out parties to epic festival tents to opening for Daft Punk, right back to Trash-era anthems, obscurities and beyond. When you think of all that, 10 hours isn’t really enough. But we’re sure Erol will make this finale the best he can, and you’ll want to be there down the front for it.

£12; 9pm-7am.


March 28, Village Underground

If you prefer keeping your Easter shenanigans East, then there’s plenty of delicious electro disco to be had from French music and fashion label Kitsuné, who always throw some fantastic seasonal parties. For this one at Village Underground, they have an international flavour of DJs to create as good as any of their French electro brethren can muster, with Brazil’s answer to Daft Punk, The Twelves, Minneapolis-based underground disco producer Gigamesh and, back to the Continent, Aeroplane representing the Eurocrats in the best way. Also expect a showcase of the label’s own bands performing live including Berlin-based D E N A, bringing pop, house and R&B vibes rolled into one, and London dance-punks Is Tropical, who are due back with a stomping new album soon. All guaranteed to keep you going right til a very Good Friday!

£14.50; 10pm-6am.


March 30, South Palace Hotel + XOYO

Already having some of the most enviable programming on the London scene, or anywhere, the crew behind XOYO and The Nest continues to go another level to the parties they can do, which brings us to XOYO LOVES, a new series of bespoke events designed to push their favourite artists and DJs into as creative and exciting ways as possible. As to what that entails, their first event probably says it best with Skream, a man who came to prominence in dubstep but has since opened up a whole diverse range of sounds and history to his crowds hungering for more than just the ‘drop’. This Skreamizm party, happening both in the daytime at Shoreditch’s South Palace Hotel as well as XOYO at nite (and also a luxury hotel room package if you fancy living it up), features Loefah’s new disco-led outfit Norwood Soul Patrol, Krystal Klear, Route 94, Copy Paste Soul and hype man Sgt Pokes. Certainly expect nothing less than an Epic Easter!

£12.50/£25/£225. Day: 2–9pm, Nite: 9pm – 3am.

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Posted on: March 1, 2013

The Dancing Misanthrope’s December Disco Missive: a guide to the best club nights in east London this month

Alright folks: here comes another slice of recommended club life in east London. There are a lot of special parties happening this month, especially if you want to party hard for Christmas, whether at a super-gay disco or a heavy industrial noise bash. And, for a guide to the best new sounds this festive season, check out my December mix at the bottom, which features the likes of Daniel Avery, Matthew Dear, Tiga and Daphni. Want to see your event here? Email the information to

Read the full round-up after the jump.


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Posted on: November 30, 2012

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