We’re back in the swing of things here in NYC at the beginning of 2013. As proof, Time Out NY dropped a nightlife edition magazine this week and it looks like there are more upcoming parties than you can shake a stick at. Some of my favorite party starters were featured in their highlights, including The Dog & Pony Show and TURRBOTAX®. It’s a special moment in Brooklyn and beyond when veterans of the dance music scene are finally getting the recognition they deserve. So let’s get started here, theres loads of fun to be had from all genres this Friday and Saturday.

B A N A N A S ! with Mike Simonetti, Alex (Lemonade), Carter, 12 X 12 at Glasslands Gallery

First up is Italians Do It Better leader, Mike Simonetti. Owner of the italo disco label that discovered such bands as Chromatics, Glass Candy, and Desire. Mr. Simonetti is known for his out there DJ Sets including anything from rare Krautrock records found in dingy basements to orchestral disco jams from the early 70s (check out his latest mix for Beats In Space). Joining the night is everyone’s friend Alex from Lemonade (True Panther) who is always up for a good time. His popular band has been described as an eclectic mix of tropical vibes and upbeat electronic music – though Alex’s DJing ranges from balearic beats to straight up jacking house. The line up is then rounded out with Carter and 12×12 (voodoo down). B A N A N A S is a monthly affair at Glasslands so keep it in your calendar! The next one is February 2nd with Isa GT (Girlcore, UK.)

Discovery and Dirt Crew at Le Bain

If you have plans to be in Manhattan instead, then why not head over to The Standard’s 18th floor club, Le Bain. Here you’ll find Berlin’s own Dirt Crew who have a special place in my heart for running their own label featuring artists like Till von Sein, Chopstick, Tigerskin, Dirt Crew, Jay Shepheard, and Geiger. A rare treat for NYC, these guys have perfected the art of blending old school house, new school deep house and minimal funky techno that will leave you head over heels. Check out their Dirt Crew (Break 3000)’s live in Katerholzig mix released via Dog & Pony to get an idea of where these guys will take you.

Fixed presents Rory Phillips with JDH & Dave P at Cameo Gallery

This Saturday is certainly a game changer, the indie nightlife champions, JDH and Dave P are bringing their FIXED Presents… night to Cameo Gallery with UK’s own Rory Phillips in tow. Building his name as a warm-up DJ with Erol Alkan at London’s Trash nightclub, Rory soon established his signature disco sound and eclectic selection. By spending some serious time crate digging and blending genres, Mr. Phillips dared East London to celebrate the similarities of post-punk, electro and synthpop. This method landed him many remixes including The XX, New Young Pony Club, Of Montreal, and Scissor Sisters as well as original produced tracks to boot. His last visit to the states yielded this set on Beats In Space and gigs all over the nation. You can even try your hand at a pair of names on the guestlist HERE.

I can’t get enough of Monty Luke. This Detroit-based DJ/Producer recently announced that his label Black Catalogue’s fifth release will be a compilation embodying “commitment to off-kilter, futuristic, global dancefloor devastation.” The last time I witnessed Mr. Luke gracing the decks in NYC was when Tar & feathered hosted him in the Loft on N6th st. and walked away that night with my body still pulsating from the deep and rhythmic selections. This time around, Monty shares the spotlight with Brooklyn via Detroit and Hypetone label runner, Noël Jackson.  The whole night goes down in the city at National Underground and you can RSVP with full names for $5 entry to

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