The Dancing Misanthrope’s Disco Missive: a guide to the best club nights in east London in January 2013
Hurrah! The world didn’t end and we’re through to 2013. Now let’s keep the banging flame burning and take it to the dancefloor. Whether you want proper live dance acts, old-school dirty disco, noisy electro or just a one-man show to take you through the best club sounds, here’s a selection of great January nights in east London for your dancing diaries. You can also check out my latest January mix, with a blend of indie-electronics from Eaux, deep house sounds including festive upstarts Festival Girlfriend, and also of course some great new French electro from Brodinski and Kavinsky here. And, as usual, read on for my guide to the best club nights, gigs and parties in east London.
TODAY: Jan 4, XOYO
Scandalism has already confirmed a solid programme for the first couple of months of 2013, and they launch headfirst into its first Friday with a vengeance with Studio 54 legend Francois K headlining proceedings. He’s joined by equally formidable electronic talent, including Duke Dumont, who has been producing flawlessly sexy house hits like ‘The Giver’ and ‘Street Walker’, and live acid from Bulgarian producer KiNK, voted No. 5 in Resident Advisor’s Best Live Act of 2012 poll. Also playing live are Kitsuné-signed band Is Tropical, who have been off the radar most of last year but are back with a new album. We also recall they caused quite the ruckus last time they played XOYO, so expect mayhem!
£12.50, 9pm-3am. Facebook event.
TOMORROW: Jan 5, The Book Club
The new bi-monthly disco night from the boys behind Orlando Boom had a terrific launch in November and they’re ready to go deeper with their second party in the beautiful space of The Book Club. Who better to have crate-digging rare disco gems for the party than disco deviants In Flagranti? Also giving a dancefloor education is Rhythm Connection host and all-round unpredictable selector Nadia Ksaiba. Together with the Kate Boss crew, this is your one-way ticket to the height of New York’s disco underground at its best: dirty and delicious.
£3 guestlist, 8pm-2am. Facebook event.
ED BANGER: BUSY P + BOSTON BUN
Jan 11, The Nest
The French electro label home to Justice, SebastiAn, Mr Oizo and Breakbot, to name but a few, hits a milestone decade in 2013 and will be celebrating with a massive bash planned for March. But before that, Ed Banger’s head honcho Pedro Winter AKA Busy P will be coming back to The Nest in Dalston to throw a wild basement party, hopefully much with the same vibes as the Dalston club’s fifth birthday in October. And this time, Pedro’s bringing along the latest member of the Ed Rec famille, Boston Bun, who seemingly came out of nowhere and hit our dancefloor blind spot with his addictive ‘Housecall’ EP in late in 2012. Riotous Rockers, the loveable duo behind ASBO parties at Camden’s the Lock Tavern (incidentally, their next party is the night after), are also on-hand to support this banging night.
£7, 9pm-4am. Facebook page.
LEMONADE: KIWI FOUR-HOUR SET
Jan 19, The Nest
Kiwi (aka Alex Warren) has been a pretty busy boy with his musical/promoting fingers in many pies, running Orlando Boom, disco sister Kate Boss and being a resident/mover and shaker for club night Durrr, as well as a resident DJ at The Nest’s Saturday Lemonade parties. He’s also been busy making his own smooth disco house grooves, from sampling, bootlegging, funky edits and some fully-formed tracks we should hopefully see get a release in 2013. This special four-hour set ought to be the perfect showcase for his sounds that are sure to spice up many an east London DJs’ set this year.
£5, 9pm-4am. Facebook event.
Jan 25, Power Lunches
After disappearing from Dalston for the whole of last year for some mysterious exploits around the world, it’s a delight to learn that loud DIY electro-noise band Teeth are back. They’ll be playing their first returning show at Power Lunches, a small basement space that seems perfect for them to turn into a dank riot (past shows have seen their electronics man Ximon jumping about the stage like a posturing rock guitarist, albeit with a MacBook). No doubt they’re got some new material to play out on the night too, but if your ears haven’t opened up to the joy of noise yet, you can stream their whole first album ‘Whatever’ over on on their Soundcloud.
£7, Facebook event.
MIXMAG LIVE PRESENTS BOYS NOIZE
Jan 25, Village Underground
Despite this event’s ‘live’ tag, people should probably not go expecting Boys Noize to perform last autumn’s full live show complete with the huge LED-flashing skull. That said, no one need doubt Alex Ridha’s live mixing skills and a ticket to any Boys Noize show is a night with some of the best buzzing electro you can rave out to. Also joining him on the night are producers from his own Boys Noize Records label D.I.M and SCNTST – oh, and you get a copy of the Boys Noize cover edition of Mixmag with Mix CD too with your ticket. Everyone likes a freebie, right?
£16, 10pm-4am, Facebook page.
A NIGHT WITH TREVOR JACKSON
Jan 26, Basing House
These days it’s rare for DJs to play longer than a one-two hour set ,so it has to take an exceptionally knowledgable and skilful one to guide their crowd through an entire night by themselves with more than just bangers. So far, our only experience of this has been Erol Alkan’s own traditional Easter Thursday marathons, but this concept from ‘A Night With…’ events are also strictly just that: massive all-nighters with just one DJ guiding the tunes. Kickstarting their 2013 season is Trevor Jackson, a legend of the electro underground and no stranger to any kind of party, which last year included playing at Phantasy’s takeover of Fabric, as well as a special guest for Daniel Avery and Matt Walsh’s Movement Club. His latest compilation, last year’s Metal Dance, is an indication of just what to expect this time: new beat, EDM, industrial and proto-disco.
£10-15, 10pm-6am. Event info.
BUGGED OUT WEEKENDER
Jan 18-20, Butlins, Bognor Regis
Already giving the best 12 hours of 2013 so far on New Year’s Day, Bugged Out are clearly showing up everyone in how to keep the festival spirit burning, whatever the season. Following the success of their first Weekender last year, they’re back at the unlikely destination of Butlins in Bognor Regis with an even bigger, bolder line-up. 2013 has its work cut out to produce another weekend line-up of this magnitude: joining forces with promoters Krankbrother, Urban Nerds, Union, Just Jack and Junk Department and featuring the very best emerging DJs today like Daniel Avery, Blawan, Disclosure and established names like Erol Alkan, Heidi, Brodinski, right down to those immovable legends Andrew Weatherall, Frankie Knuckles and The Chemical Brothers (and that’s just skimming a sample of the sounds you can expect) And did we mention that, in true holiday park style, there are water slides in the daytime? The whole weekender’s practically sold out apart from a few standard apartment spaces – or treat yourselves to the VIP hotel packages that are still available.