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Rave New World (28/8)


Antoin Lindsay and Aidan Hanratty deliver their their weekly look at the very best electronic gigs, tracks, releases and mixes.


Twitch Present: Anthony Naples and Pariah at The Bunatee, Belfast
Saturday 29 August

Two brilliant producers and DJs in their own right, Twitch bring together Pariah and Anthony Naples for what should be a cracker. Last time I seen either of them in Belfast they went down absolute treats with the crowd, so expect this one to be no different.  AL

Beat BBQ present: Lil Louis at Aether & Echo, Belfast
Sunday 30 August

A bank holiday means only one thing, an extra day for partying. What better way to celebrate than with a founding father of house Lil Louis? There was a scare earlier in the year that he’d not be able to DJ again due to losing hearing in one of his ears, but it seems he’s still on the DJ trail. The usual host of local DJs including Nez and Muzka will be warming up. AL

Subject is 8 // P2 – Subject x Bodytonic – Marcel Dettmann at District 8 // Subject is 8 // P3 – Subject x Abstract – Lil Louis at Opium Rooms

The Twisted Pepper may have closed, but Bodytonic lives on. Subject celebrates its eighth birthday with two huge nights this weekend. First up is techno hearththrob and Berghain resident Marcel Dettmann, who’s playing all night long in District 8 (though let’s be fair – all night long in Dublin and Berlin are two distinctly different things). Dettmann also plays Crystal Night Club in Waterford tomorrow. Lil Louis, perhaps most famous for ‘French Kiss’ and ‘Club Lonely’ but still chipping away in clubs with no small success, plays Opium in Dublin on Saturday in the third instalment of Subject’s celebrations. Big. AH

Peanut Butter Wolf (Stones Throw) & Breakbeat Lou + Wildstyle + BBOYS
Saturday 29 August

Okay so this isn’t rave or new really, but the paths of “dance” and hip-hop are intertwined so I’m justified in sharing it here. Choice Cuts bring two consummate crate-diggers and beat-jugglers, Stones Throw founder Peanut Butter Wolf and Ultimate Break and Beats comp co-creator Breakbeat Lou to town for what will no doubt be a splendid throwdown in The Sugar Club. They’ll also be screening classic hip-hop flick Wild Style. Lots to enjoy! AH


Leon Vynehall – Midnight On Rainbow Road

The ever Nintendo-referencing Leon Vynehall has a knack of creating some of the most lush house music out there. ‘Midnight on Rainbow Road’ is forthcoming on Gerd Janson’s second ‘Musik for Autobahns’ which collates gorgeous electronic music from some masters of subtle dance music. One to let your mind wonder to. AL

18+ –  OIXU (Tia Maria Produções Remix) [Houndstooth]

I’ve always had a lot of time for Tia Maria Produções, the kuduro prodution collective who’ve released on Principe Discos. Now they’re on the excellent Houndstooth label remixing 18+ and it’s a total heater. Bright and sparkly with lots of horns and pulsing groove, it’s something to remind us that it is still summer, despite what it might be saying outside. AL

Vision ID – Untitled

This is just a snippet or a work in progress but it’s a great piece of insight to this new label/project. Soft tones hint at dark melodies, percussion buried deep amid dark bass suggests at thinly veiled menace. Ones to watch. AH

Lumigraph – Garbage 4 Garbage

This title could be seen as self-deprecation, though that would certainly be unwarranted. Reportedly a jam from the Out To Lunch sessions (he played a live set for the night after Willie Burns early this month), it’s great, like most of the stuff from D15’s finest. Mechanical jolts and whirs meet slightly broken beats, beats that kick stronger than a Sam Groth serve to the chest. Muffled leads offer simple melodies while 808(ish) snarls underneath lend urgency. We should be due a release from him soon, it’s been far too long at this stage. AH


Clark Price – Acid Camp 20

Some hot and heavy sounds from Honcho resident Clark Price for the interesting looking Acid Camp series. Some twisted and dark sounds from the likes of Dungeon Acid, Luke Vibert and Paranoid London in this. Get a sweat worked up! AL

Jack J – Going Good #11

I’ve covered a few Going Good mixes before, but none of them have been as purely blissful as this one from Jack J. He’s already released one of the best singles of the year and now he’s released what’ll probably end up being one of my favourite mixes. Post-club or early morning insomnia soundtrack? The choice is yours. AL

Honey Dijon – Love From Japan Summer 2015

Globetrotting DJ Honey Dijon has put together a mix inspired by her recent trip to Japan. It’s gloriously vibey, all deep house vibes (the good kind) like Chaser’s ‘Tall Stories’ (a personal favourite). As I type the sun is shining so it sounds especially nice. AH

Various Artists – The Bedroom Club III (No Pain In Pop)

No Pain In Pop present the third entry from their Bedroom Club series (previous editions have included Pariah, D’Eon and Karen Gwyer), and it’s pretty great across the board. “These are not ‘done things’,” the label says in its standard blurb. “In bedroom retreat, working feet from where they sleep each night, the producers are free to conjure impressions of the club’s invisible parts.” The tracks are thus darker than on your average compendium, but no less stirring. Throwing Shade is colourful her usual floral self, though ’38 000′ is a touch more understated than some of her productions. Kepla’s ‘Ordinant 6’ feels like a dank retread of Boards of Canada’s ‘Olson’, while Sim Hutchins’ statement that ” I Will Unify The Hood Through My Vision” doesn’t seem all that grandiose after a few listens. Standout track ‘Sout’ [صوت], from Jire, is built of sounds culled from Qatari radio, and throws together hissing fuzz and Burial-esque (sorry) vocal distortion. AH