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Rave New World (30/1)


In the latest installment of Rave New World, the ridiculously informed, boundlessly savvy Antoin Lindsay & Aidan Hanratty delve into best new electronic tracks and mixes of the week, as well as various unmissable upcoming nights and releases.


Scope presents Music in the Community at The Menagerie, Belfast
Friday, January 30

Get down to The Menagerie for Scope who are putting on a host of local acts. Belfast hip-hop act Dsgrace is celebrating his album launch on the night alongside Rave New World favourite Bloom, Twitch’s Paddy Towe and the usual Scope DJs Nez, Paul Acroplane and G-BO. Main thing is it’s all for a good cause, with proceeds going to PIPS (Public Intervention for the Prevention of Suicide) so go have a good time and help raise some money. AL

Sasha, Huxley and Dark Sky at Shine
Saturday, January 31

Can’t say I’m personally a big fan of Sasha but 2015 sees Shine celebrate their 20th birthday so the Belfast clubbing institution promise this is the first in a year of big events. Huxley and Dark Sky will provide the main support and the other rooms will host various local DJs in the form of Nocturne, Ackright and Jamie Nelson to keep a bit of variety. AL

POGO: Bodytonic pres. Barry Redsetta & Frank B All Night Long at Twisted Pepper, Dublin
Saturday, January 31

Barry Redsetta’s been an underrated phenomenon for years now, a throwback to an imagined time when warmup DJs really knew what they were at. He’s the real deal. Over the past two years he’s slowly started his Major Problems label, with releases from New Jackson and Terriers as well as an unofficial white label release from Frank B, who is just back from a lengthy stint in New York. The two are going back to back all night long tomorrow night for Pogo, that long-standing bastion of quality partying. AH

Hidden Agenda: Kenny Dope at Opium Rooms, Dublin
Saturday, January 31

I’d love to mention the Vengaboys in Belfast next week but that’s Antoin’s domain, so I won’t. Instead, I’ll give a shout to the legend that is Kenny Dope, who’s playing The Opium Rooms in Dublin. Seems they get a spot on here every week, but that’s just a testament to the quality bookings they’re getting in. AH


Lotic – Heterocetera [Tri Angle Records]

Following on from his outstanding DAMSEL in DISTRESS mixtape last year on Janus, the announcement that the American-turned-Berliner Lotic is releasing an EP on Tri Angle is big news. Lotic is doing things in music unlike anyone else right now and his warped bastardisation (in the most positive sense, of course) of so many different it’d be futile to pigeonhole him. All I can say is its chaotic, tense and kinda… raunchy? AL

Strict Face – Alice [Gobstopper Records]

Ever since I heard this existed a few months ago I’d been dying to hear it and when I finally heard it I surpassed my already very high expectations. Essentially ‘Alice’ is a peace edit (essentially a stripped back, more melodic grime version of another track) of everyone’s secret favourite trance track ‘Better Off Alone’ by Alice Deejay. The melody of the track has always been incredible and Strict Face has reimagined the track with a spacey, glossy synth line and generally making the most of the emotional potential of the original. Proper tears after the rave material. AL

Cantaloupe – Labour And Love (Chrononautz Remix) [Hello Thor]

Leeds-based Chrononautz are happiest when they’re churning out free-form hardware jams, so the prospect of their remixing a “synth-guitar/bass-drums trio” might seem a little incongruous. No matter, they’ve taken Cantaloupe’s gentle vocals and pitched them against searing patches of noise, distorting lines where necessary, keeping the tempo at an unstoppable pace. AH

Antenna Happy – Pinto Live – December 2014

Nathan Pope AKA Antenna Happy put out the kaleidoscopic synth jam Pinto last year on Reinhardt Records. This is a section of a live recording, culled from his set at The Verdict in Brighton late last year. It’s sumptuously thick and warm, gloopy enough to get stuck in but light enough to just shake through in the dance. AH

Releases + Mixes

Bjørn Torske – Nedi Myra [Smalltown Supersound]

This is a reissue (it originally came out in 1998) but I stumbled on this record online about a year ago and was pleasantly surprised to see it get a proper outing this time round. Mr. Torske is cut from the same cloth as fellow Norwegians Prins Thomas and Lindstrøm Nedi Myra is easily his best work. It’s a loungey house affair and supremely chilled out. Will have you dreaming of warmer climes and a respite from the cold. AL

Read full review of Nedi Myra – Bjørn Torske on ©

DJ Bone – Resident Advisor Podcast 452

He’s been about for an age but it seems more and more people are starting to appreciate what DJ Bone does. He’s as Detroit as they come, committed to the underground and providing fast and funky techno. He also has an incredibly unique mixing style (he uses FIVE decks in this mix) and it’s all woven together expertly, essential listening from someone you should get to know.  AL

Sraunus – Season 1

Lithuanian dub techno producer presents Season 1, a collection of deep groovers created “to remember Summer”, yet frosty and glacial in the extreme. At turns weighty with portent, at others overcome with harsh electricity, it’s an immersive listen that’s sure to stir up deep emotions, whatever the weather. AH

Olivia Louvel Mix for KALTBLUT Magazine

Let’s keep things a bit weird – French-born, British composer and producer Olivia Louvel has put together this succinct mix for the German KALTBLUT Magazine and it’s a riotous run through electronica that’s harsh and inviting and thrilling and more. Vintage Björk, Nico, and some dark and sinister noise from Louvel herself. AH