March is upon us and I’ve already felt a tad warmer this morning hoping that spring was here. Alas, Brooklyn is still cold as hell at nighttime, and yes you’ve still got to check that pesky coat wherever your going. However, this weekend is shaping up to be a good one. With an eclectic array of events this friday and saturday, theres enough to get down to, ranging from minimal techno to wild and crazy disco.
On the cusp of releasing his second full length album Fences LP, John Roberts is always pushing towards house music innovation. It began back in 2008 after being asked by Carsten Jost, Pantha Du Prince and Lawrence to be the first American artist on the Hamburg based label, Dial. His first album Glass Eights was acclaimed for the incorporation of organic sounds in a minimal and refined form. Growing up in Cleveland, John had always been influenced by the Detroit and Chicago House sound and still finds inspiration between those elements and that of Berlin, where he makes his home now. Brooklyn Bass will be hosting this inspiring DJ tomorrow night at Cameo Gallery. Midnight $7 w/RSVP: http://www.donyc.com/bbass
The percussive maestro of Lemonade, Alex Lemire Pasternak continues BANANAS!, his monthly residency at Glasslands. This time he’s hosting Bersa Discos, made up of Oro11 and Shawn Reynaldo, two Bay Area DJs who moved to Buenos Aires (separately) and found themselves swimming in a sea of underground and experimental cumbia. They also run a label, taking in artists from around the globe while continuing to release upfront Latin and tropical sounds. Did I mention there will also be an OPEN VODKA BAR for the first half hour? Sounds like a deal to me…
This Saturday, Output has a very nice line up with James Priestly and Giles Smith of Secretsundaze who play host to Chez Damier as a very special guest. Mr. Damier has devoted his life to electronic music as a vocalist, DJ, producer, label manager and graphic artist. Splitting his time between Detroit, Chicago and occasionally New York, Chez set up the Music Institute with Derrick May and Alton Miller looked after the business affairs and studio output of Kevin Saunderson’s KMS label, and helped countless producers get a start in production. He’ll be blowing through town with loads of Chicago House and Detroit Techno to satisfy your ears. Doors at 10PM
I’ve been waiting on this event for a long time. Disco House champions, Psychemagik have embarked on their first american tour after rising to popularity from their remakes of classic 80s and 90s tunes. Take for instance, their version of Fleetwood Mac’s Dreams (Psychemagik Crystal Vision Remix). Local promoters JDH and Dave P of FIXED will be hosting the duo at Glasslands with reinforced sound.