It’s the end of the world as we know it. So what a better time than ever to get out there and shake your stuff? NYC has loads to do this this Friday and even more to come on Saturday depending on the state of things. So don’t spend the night indoors. There’s a different type of vibe for everyone; from house legend Kevin Saunderson to NYC staples JDH & Dave P, so make your plans before it’s not too late.
Firstly, head to 285 Kent where one of NY’s finest body movers, DJ QU will be headlining an epic night full of underground techno characters like Slava, Svenghalisghost, The Irradiance Cache and Ron Morelli. QU himself started his own label Strength in 2005, and since then has also released tunes on DJ Jus-Ed’s Underground Quality, Inimeg Recordings, Styrax, and Deconstruct. Ron Morelli is also a DJ to look forward to, it’s been a huge year for this guy as his label L.I.E.S. Records has been named #1 of 2012 from music tastemakers Resident Advisor, Juno, and Little White Earbuds.
Then, a couple blocks away Cameo Gallery, will be hosting a night of fun, uptempo dance tunes with a french flair. Jacques Renault and Joakim will go head to head in an attempt to please the mayan gods.
The reigning champion of Nu Disco and House music in NYC and beyond, Jacques Renault has been a staple to the scene. It started with good friend Marcos Cabral and their collaborative group Runaway, before eventually forming the Brooklyn born On The Prowl Records. Since then Mr. Renault has gone on to release countless tracks on Let’s Play House Records including hosting numerous all nighters with friend Nik Mercer. You can find this record obsessive spinning anything from deep house and disco to early 90’s acid and techno on any given night of the week in countries near and far.
Joakim is truly one of those Producer/DJ’s that’s just so hard to pin down. With a background in classical music, he was soon turned onto electronic composition after a schoolfriend left his synthesizer in his room. Since then, Joakim has released countless records on Versatile and his own Tigersushi imprint. Drifting anywhere from electro and jazz, to italo disco and funk, his variety keeps the dance floor shaking at any hour. With a fourth LP, “Nothing Gold” out last year and the stand out sprawling single, Forever Young; this parisian will take you to the end of the world and back again.
Want to class things up a bit? Head into Manhattan on the L Train and hop off right at the 8 Ave stop. As you make your way to The Standard hotel, make sure you tell the door staff that your there for JDH & Dave P’s FIXED Holiday Party. Suddenly you’ll be transported to the very top that is Le Bain, accompanied by a downtown Manhattan view to DIE for. Inside, let JDH and Dave P melt you with the sweetest indie electronic cuts and wacky rolling techno. These two are kings of the night, having just finished a lengthy tour with Simian Mobile Disco, they’re now back in action. So change into your bathing suit and take a dip in the jacuzzi, why not go out with a bang?
Hoping that the mayans were wrong, there will still be plenty of good times to be had in a post-apocalyptic NYC. Promoters like The Dog & Pony Show will immediately switch gears into holiday mode, where all through the night The Cocktail Bodega Underground is transformed into a festive LES enclave. Resident Paul Raffaele will be spinning disco and techno jingles alongside Karina (zoo project/ibiza) and special unannounced guests. Apparently, there will be egg nog and mistletoe as well as a suggested dresscode including elves, dreidels, sexy snowflakes, santas, frosties, reindeer, and “that dude from A Christmas Story.” Naughty kids get a free shot and nice kids get coal.
For all the house lovers out there, the legendary creator himself, Kevin Saunderson will be flying straight from Detroit for a stop in Brooklyn. Joined by Rem Koolhaus, this event promises to be one for the books. You can even try your hand at a free pair of tickets.
Tim Saputo is better known as a residents of Brooklyn’s own TURRBOTAX® parties. A staple in the neighborhood for the last few years, these parties have always delivered when it comes to futuristic techno, house and bass music. RemKoolHaus is a veteran himself, as a former creative director for XLR8R magazine, he’s helped in curating impeccable lineups and even designing all the artwork for TURRBOTAX®. Tim’s recent mixes for Opening Ceremony and Percussion Lab range all over as well. Whether it’s jacking, rhythmic house or the smooth and deep variety, KoolHaus has it covered.
As the legend goes, Kevin Saunderson moved to the Belleville suburb of Detroit at the age of nine where he attended High School with contemporaries Derrick May and juan Atkins. These three would eventually become known as the originators of techno. Decades later, Mr. Saunderson is still at the height of electronic music taste making. He’s written several chart topping albums with Inner City, curated his record label KMS, and worked under a number of names including E-dancer and The Elevator. This December we’ll just be catching Kevin in an intimate setting after closing out big name gigs throughout 2012 like Pacha Ibiza’s closing event and Movement Detroit.