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Rave New World (21/8)


Aidan Hanratty and Antoin Lindsay return for this week’s Rave New World, your indispensable, Friday-afternoon guide to all the very best electronic gigs, tracks, releases and mixes.


Scavenger €5 Party Feat. ‘Looking for the Perfect Beat’ Screening at The Wiley Fox
Saturday, 22 August

New night Scavenger has had some impressive guests lately, but this weekend they’re throwing a wallet-friendly €5 party in The Wiley Fox, where you can get to grips with the night’s MO. They’re also screening LA beat scene documentary Looking for the Perfect Beat, which focuses on one 24-hour period in LA and follows the likes of Teebs, Thundercat, Daedelus, Matthewdavid, Ras G and so forth. The screening’s at 9, and the party runs till late. AH

Lakuti at Opium Rooms
Saturday, 22 August 

Uzuri boss and Berghain/Panoramabar regular Lakuti make a rare appearance in Dublin – I believe this is in fact her Irish debut, though I could be wrong. It’s a surprise, as her DJ schedule is gargantuan. Either way, she’s here now, so rejoice and party. A DJ and promoter of some stature, she’s bound to bring the party. AH

Underlying Form with Michael Melchner at The Bunatee, Belfast
Friday, 21 August

Underlying Form is definitely one of the more interesting nights in Belfast, bringing in perhaps more esoteric and cult names to the city. Continuing the tradition, they’ve got Michael Melchner at the Bunatee to provide his pretty special brand of minimal techno and house for those venturing down tonight. As ever he’ll be backed up by Underlying Form’s own brilliant resident DJs, get down. AL


Madd Again! – Move, Skank, Wine [Swing Ting]

Exciting times over Swing Ting way. Madd Again! is Zed Bias, Specialist Moss, Killa Benz and Trigga and they’ve got a LP forthcoming on the Manchester label. It’s a fantastic collision of garage and bashment which is unmistakably aimed at summer parties and big soundsystems. Zed Bias’ touch is evident and the three MCs compliment his productions perfectly. AL

Road Hog – East Cleveland [Road Hog]

I’m certainly not one to hide my love for Galcher Lustwerk (pictured). His release as Road Hog last year through his Bandcamp was great, but he’s gone one further this year with ‘On The Lam’ which fits snugly within the realms of being either perfect for autumn evening walks or post-club wind downs. ‘East Cleveland’ is a perfect example of this, it’s simplistic and hardly groundbreaking, but it’s bloody lovely. AL

Archivist – Photosensitive from The Wandering II Compilation [SS20]

Silent Season, the superb label based in British Columbia, is bringing out a sequel to its 2010 Wandering compilation. The label “grew out of the connection between deep ethereal music and the rainforests of Vancouver Island” (check this RA profile for more on that); its figurehead Jamie McCue recently tweeted short videos of salmon running up the Puntledge River. This compilation, like its predecessor, is named after “The Wandering Tree”, a Big Leaf Maple near McCue’s home, and is meant for ponderous moments in the outdoors. This preview track is slow and languid, with a depth of sound and space and real beauty in between each element. I can’t wait to hear the rest when it drops on Monday. AH

D-Malice – Indian Time

Total banger on DBA Dubs, one of several offshoots of the never less than excellent Don’t Be Afraid label. Blending eastern melodies, UK funky percussion and effervescent synth work, D-Malice – perhaps more familiar to some for his work on labels like Defected (though he featured on Deadboy’s FACT mix way back when) – this rugged cut is perfectly at home on DBA, whose boss Semtek is always open-minded. There’s an equally impressive Basic Soul Unit remix on the flip, but the original shades it for me. AH


Community Corporation – In Training Mix 5

“This mix is dedicated to the dollar bins, to the fucked up records, to the 32kbps recordings of ron hardy and the bad cassette rips downloaded over public wifi”. Nothing but genuine raw sounds from Detroit’s Community Corporation in this mix of rough-around-the-edges collection of old school house here. It’s also got ‘Acid Over’, which is decidedly my favourite house track of all time, so it’s always going to be a winner for me. AL

Bleaching Agent – August Mix

An incredibly heady and trippy mix from Bleaching Agent who is slowly becoming one of my favourite techno DJs. The whole thing feels like wading through some kind of dystopian electro-swamp, which of course is my way of saying it’s also really fun. Not one for the down time. AL

Mozhgan’s اشک در باران

Mozhgan is a San Francisco-based DJ and promoter who throws parties called We Are Monsters. This mix for Honey Soundsystem is a sinister tread through what could loosely be termed electro-disco – vague hints of boogie, nightmare scores, undulating tones and serious cosmic fuzz. It is most definitely a trip. AH

Ascendant – Æthereal Code

Sometimes all it takes to find new music is see who’s followed you on Twitter. This happened me yesterday with Synphaera, “an independent record label for electronic and ambient music”. The label’s first release comes from its founders, Chris Bryant and Don Tyler, and consists of liquid melodic trance and abstract techno. AH