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Rave New World (29/01)

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After a brief January lull, Antoin Lindsay and Aidan Hanratty return for their latest look at the best electronic gigs, tracks, mixes and releases of the week.


Out To Lunch presents Call Super at Bar Tengu, Dublin
Friday 29 January
Call Super
comes to Dublin for only the second time, following a late 2014 gig at Gary’s Gang with this four-hour set for Out To Lunch. He’s featured in this column and on this site before, so it’s no surprise that we’re excited about this gig. Never one to reach for the obvious choice, his sets are a constant delight. AH

Jika Jika! with Ivan Smagghe at Sandinos, Derry
Friday 29 January
I went to see Ivan Smagghe myself last weekend and I can vouch for the guy being lots of fun. Jika Jika! are kicking off their 2016 with him in Sandinos, which promises to be filled full of fun with everything from disco to acid house. AL

Shine with Dusky, Ejeca, Detroit Swindle at QUBSU, Belfast
Saturday 30 January
Dusky solidify themselves as big room headliners by taking the helm at Shine tomorrow. Local boy Ejeca will be flanking them alongside Chris Hanna with Dutch groovers Detroit Swindle heading up the Bunatee and Schmutz in Bar Sub all night. Get the “yeo!”s ready. AL

Hinge Finger X All City at Bar Tengu, Dublin
Saturday 30 January
Another great booking at Bar Tengu, as Joy Orbison and Trilogy Tapes boss Will Bankhead are in town for a Hinge Finger/All City double header. Joy O is a verified superstar, Will Bankhead an unsung hero. Prepare to dance to tracks that won’t come out for another two years, if at all. AH

Lower Your Expectations #4: Ellll & Art Bastard at The Underbelly, Limerick
Saturday 30 January
A double-whammy of Cork artists come to Limerick for the latest Lower Your Expectations night. Ironic name aside, it seems to becoming its own institution. Huge fan of Ellll right here, so it’s an instant recommendation for this one anyway. AH


Inhalants-Humid Widow (LIES-070)

This starts off like a radiophonic merry-go-round before deep-diving into murky scuzzy techno warfare. There’s an album on the way, I believe, which should be a treat. AH

D∆WN – Not Above That

Worlds collide here, as r&b superstar in waiting D∆WN (aka Dawn Richard) joins the Local Action staple. This is a huge move for both I think, bringing Local Action to Richard’s international audience, and a statement of intent for her own artistic position. The track is produced by Machinedrum and moves into a weird trance/EDM sphere while retaining Richard’s stellar vocals and personality. Banger. AH


Veronica Vasicka – Beats in Space

The wonderful Veronica Vasicka brings an hour of vibes to the illustrious Beats In Space radio show. The Minimal Wave founder has been putting out a solid fare of techno of the last decade and her mixes are always great fun. There’s a mix from Beautiful Swimmers on the same show, which is also very much worth checking out. AL

DJ Sotofett b2b Brian Not Brian & Jayda G – Balamii Mix

A lethal combination here of three very fine DJs. A crazy variety of deep cuts and good vibes from Sex Tags head DJ Sotofett, Going Good’s Brian Not Brian and Vancouver spinner Jayda G. All of them have graced these pages before, and with very good reason. An excellent way to spend two hours of your afternoon. AL

Resom – The Bunker NY Podcast 116

With an ever-growing profile, it’s likely you’ll see a lot more of Resom over the next while. She’s unleashed some quality mixes over the last bit and a profiling over on Resident Advisor means 2016 could be a winner for her. This podcast for Bunker NY showcases her perfectly, delve in. AL

Stamp Mix #55: Peggy Gou

New Rekids signing Peggy Gou put together this mix for Stamp The Wax, and it’s hugely enjoyable. One solid hour of uplifting house, it serves as a great plug for her new release Art of War, which comes bolstered with a remix by none other than Galcher Lustwerk. AH

Jheri Tracks Vol​.​1 (JTX1MD)

All City appear again here this week, with the launch of their new sub-label Jheri Tracks. This compilation features familiar names like Lumigraph and The Cyclist, as well as newcomers Mel Keane (who dropped a tape for Where To Now? last year) and some total unknowns. House and techno at its weirdest and most exploratory. AH

Lumsiokea – Transmissions from Revarsavr [Opal Tapes]

One of the finest LPs put out by the relentlessly prolific Opal Tapes courtesy of Lumsiokea. Dark, subby and satisfyingly percussive, it’s something I can see myself spending a lot of time with. And it’s been mastered by Rashad Becker, of course. AL