Mon, 04 Nov 2013  /  3 Comments
Omar-S has revealed details of a mini-tour of Italy, starting with his debut Florence show on November 6th.
The Detroit-based DJ and producer, real name Alex Omar Smith, has been making his way around Europe since flying in for ADE last month, taking in gigs in Paris, London and Dublin. This week he heads to Italy, where he will play four times in as many days. Starting at the gay-friendly Tabasco Club on Wednesday, November 6th, Smith will then drop by Rome's Goa Club on the Thursday. Friday night will see him head north to Modena for a gig alongside Pastaboys at Tube Club, before he wraps up the tour at Dude Club in Milan on Saturday, November 9th. After a week-long break, Smith will travel to Barcelona for his first ever Spanish performance.
Nov 06 Tabasco Club Pres. Omar S, Tabasco, Central3 Comments
Nov 07 Goaultrabeat presents: Omar S - Marco.., Goa Club, Central
Nov 08 Pathfinder with Omar S.., Tube Club - Modena, Italy, North
Nov 09 I'll be Your Friend: Omar S + Abstract, Dude Club, North
Fri, 01 Nov 2013  /  5 Comments
Indigo Raw will team up with Mutek Spain for a run of monthly events called Plaza, kicking off on November 15th.5 Comments
Following the success of their takeover of El Poble Espanyol over the course of Sónar week, Indigo Raw's new project will look to bring a fresh wave of national and international bookings to Barcelona's Bloc venue. The gig on Friday, November 15th, will mark Omar-S's first appearance on Spanish soil, with support coming from local talent Marc Piñol. Both DJs have been assigned three-hour sets. To give the party a rawer, more organic feel, the promoters have requested that revellers disconnect from their mobile phones for the duration of the event. Doors will run from 11.30 PM through 6 AM.
Wed, 16 Oct 2013  /  Post a comment
The Monkey Bar has revealed full details of this year's Halloween bash.Post a comment
Taking place on Thursday, October 31st, Masquerade will see the Barcelona promoters team up with the city's newest venue, KER Club, which officially opened last weekend. Halloween 2012 saw The Monkey Bar take over the basement of Hotel Omm, inviting Portable to perform live. The latter returns for 2013—this time he'll be joined by Lakuti and Panorama Bar resident Tama Sumo. The smaller KER Bar will carry more of a family feel, celebrating the birthday of The Monkey Bar's art director Josep Basora with performances from Clip, Mateo and Hivern Disc affiliate Pettre, who will spin alongside Pimienta. The party will run from midnight through 6 AM, with dressing-up strongly encouraged.
Tickets to The Monkey Bar presents Masquerade are available here on RA.
Fri, 11 Oct 2013  /  2 Comments
HardPop will celebrate their seventh anniversary with a run of six parties (and seven DJs), commencing on October 26th.
The outfit, which is operated out of the Juarez club of the same name, is considered one of Mexico's best house and techno nights. Kicking off the series will be French live artist Julian Jeweil, who touches down on Saturday, October 26th. Acid Pauli will then play a special Halloween show on Thursday, October 31st, before James Zabiela, Pleasurekraft and Heidi perform on November 1st, 8th and 9th respectively. Rounding out the birthday festivities will be SCI+TEC chief Dubfire on Thursday, November 14th, with fellow label staple SHADED booked to play live alongside him.
Tickets to selected Hardpop events are available here on RA.
Oct 26 7th Anniversary of Hardpop / 6 Events2 Comments
Oct 31 7th Anniversary of Hardpop / Halloween
Nov 01 7th Anniversary of Hardpop / Día de Muertos
Nov 08 7th Anniversary of Hardpop / Pleasurekraft
Nov 09 7th Anniversary of Hardpop / Heidi
Nov 14 7th Anniversary of Hardpop / Closing Party
Fri, 11 Oct 2013  /  Post a comment
The first This Is BCN festival will open on Saturday, October 12th, taking place at new club Marhes.Post a comment
A collaboration between seasoned Barcelona promoters FACT & WIP, the festival will run as a series of monthly house and techno parties. Featuring two dance floors, an open-air terrace and sound courtesy of Funktion-One and Martin Audio, Marhes stands as the latest addition to the city's clubbing landscape, having opened on October 4th. The opening event will see Pan-Pot man La Discoteca, while Dutch duo Detroit Swindle and Maxxi Soundsystem spin in El Club. The party will run from midnight through 6 AM.
Tickets for the opening of This Is BCN are available here on RA.
Fri, 11 Oct 2013  /  2 Comments
After 20 long weeks, the end is upon us. The final entry into RA's Ibiza weekly series takes a look at the last of the closing parties, with Space, DC-10, Amnesia and Sankeys all featuring.2 Comments
Friday nights in Ibiza are notoriously slow, and none more so than the Friday night of club-closing weekend. In direct competition with Privilege's 10,000-people-plus finale, and with Ushuaia, Amnesia, Space and DC-10 all shutting their doors in quick succession over the subsequent three days, Flying Circus couldn't have picked a more problematic date to call time on its debut season. Hoping to make use of Sankeys' two main rooms—a move that has repeatedly seen guests perform to paltry crowds—Audiofly invited Hector, Geddes, Lee Curtiss, Acid Pauli, Lee Burridge and special guest Anja Schneider to join them in seeing out the summer.
Unfortunately, numbers were low. While Geddes spun muscly, warm-up house to a lively Basement, it wasn't long before The Lab was struck from the agenda, with Hector, Schneider and Pauli relocated to the more intimate Spektrum. Taking over from Geddes, Lee Curtiss continued in the same vein, albeit inflecting his choices with more of a vocal lean. The Fog's "Been A Long Time," for example, made a significant splash. Next door, Hector was pushing things in deeper and dubbier directions, faced with a dishearteningly sparse floor. Anja Schneider, for reasons not made clear, never played, leaving the Desolat-affiliate more room to expound his tastes. His set, all things considering, was impressive, and worked well as a precursor to Lee Burridge's driving, druggy excursion in the Basement. Across the season, the music at Flying Circus has been good—great even—but the venture never quite learned to appreciate that less might actually be more.
For its wild, no-holds-barred climax to the season, Amnesia brought together several of the summer's most striking performers. Eats Everything, Maceo Plex and Steve Lawler would all spin, headed up none other than Ibiza's most in-form jock: Marco Carola. Matthias Tanzmann was the first of the big-name acts to step up, playing low-slung tech house to a packed and vibrant Terrace. At 6 AM Eats Everything, this year's surprise (but deserved) inclusion, took over, coming through with what was arguably the set of the evening. Kicking off with a slew of cavernous basslines, he soon moved towards deeper, more streamlined selections, showing the kind of progression that made him a favourite across the island in 2013, from Dirtybird to ENTER. The emotive flair of KINK's “Bitter Sweet” provided a particularly standout moment.
Steve Lawler followed, taking the Terrace through to daybreak with a barrage of upfront summer hits, including his and Detlef's edit of LNR's “Work It To The Bone” and Ninetoes' “Finder.” Solid enough from the VIVa boss, if a little risk-free. Here the party took a dip, with Mar-T, one of the Amnesia residents, hosting the 9-11 AM slot. As a warm-up DJ he has his merits, but his brash, mash-up style felt out of place at peak-time, paling in comparison to the sets either side of him. Eventually Maceo Plex assumed position in the booth. Despite going in too heavily on the filters, he rocked the room with a flurry of epic cuts: Jaydee's seminal “Plastic Dreams," the best of them. A further programming flaw saw the Terrace forced to endure an hour of tedious, grey-scale techno from Marc Antona before Marco Carola hit the decks. Following Antona's lead, the Music On man started harder than we've come to expect from him, slowly moving into his trademark swinging grooves. It wasn't the best Carola's played, but regardless he delivered the goods, keeping the weary hordes swaying until late on Sunday afternoon.
Stepping into Space soon after having departed the feral madness of Amnesia is as near to a culture shock as you'll get in Ibiza. Compared to the latter's grotty, gaudy interior, the Playa d'en Bossa mainstay feels polished, coming across all the more refined thanks to the fluorescent geo-dome stage erected in the car park. Unable to secure the services of Carl Cox at the opening, the stalwart made sure he was present for the end, seeing out the Ultra stage with a set of dynamic techno. Starting smooth, he soon delved into thick-set, warehouse grooves, putting the impeccable Funktion-One system through its paces. As sparklers glistened across the expanse, and confetti rained down from above, Cox dropped the Bobby Konders classic “Nervous Acid” to rallying cheers. As entertaining on the mic as ever, it was impossible to suppress a smile as you watched thousands of revellers get down to the veteran's feel-good vibes one last time.
Offering more bang for your back than any of the other finales, Space is more of a festival than a club closing. As you meander through its sprawling interior, you could catch disco sounds in El Salon, raucous commercial fare in the Sunset Terrace and a plethora of house and techno acts across the Terrazza and Discoteca. Josh Wink performed early in the latter, laying down punchy techno, before Guti put together an engaging live set comprised of the more musical, melodic side to his repertoire. At one point, amid all the prancing piano lines, the vox from his ubiquitous hit “Hope” reared its head. Over in the Terrazza, the mood was slightly less agile, with Shaun Reeves playing flat tech house to a busy, squirming floor. That aside, Space offered an easy, entertaining pit-stop before the carnage continued at DC-10 the following day. You were always able to dance without difficulty, and surrounded by a cool, relaxed audience.
In what proved a wily move, Circoloco pushed back the opening time of their fiesta from midday to 4 PM, extending the overall length by five hours. However, as rain poured down on the Garden, and early-birds were forced to dance to Richy Ahmed's opening set under cover of the Main Room, it looked to be a potentially slow start. And yet not long after, the showers cleared, making way for one of the most spectacular events in recent Ibiza history. A total of 35 DJs played across DC-10's three spaces, with Apollonia setting the tone for the first of two back-to-back sets from Jamie Jones and Seth Troxler via a steady flow of tough, upbeat house. Fusing dirty, driving selections (Ragga Twins, Miss Kittin & The Hacker's “Frank Sinatra”), a captivating laser show and some prime fancy-dress, the pair conveyed a real carnival vibe. As their set drew to an end, it was time to defect to the Terrace, where Kerri Chandler was edging into fifth gear.
Expecting the usual crush, I was surprised to find the Terrace spacious and the sound system the right side of booming. Tailoring his set to suit the visceral energy in the room, Chandler span angular cosmic techno to begin with, before indulging in a couple of piano-led monsters. Each record was as sublime as the next. A technical hitch meant there was a lengthy, awkward pause as Marco Carola took to the decks, making his eventual serving of muscular techno all the more well-received. Expertly crafted and collated, his set rollicked through the likes of Technasia's “I Am Somebody” and a rampant refix of Vanilla Ice's “Ice Ice Ice Baby." As Carola receded, I craved something a little harder, with less swing. In the Main Room, Marcel Dettmann and Ben Klock seemed likely providers, with the latter arguably turning in the performance of the night. Anyone that keeps you throwing kung-fu-style shapes after 15 straight hours of dancing deserves at least some plaudits. Rarely too busy, more affordable than the other establishments and proffering a non-stop tide of fantastic music, DC-10 closing was far and away the best party of Ibiza 2013.
As you return home after DC-10, and begin engaging in some serious R&R, spending a full 24 hours in Sankeys is a somewhat unappealing prospect. Billed as a Roman-themed toga party, the UK-run club packed a sea of DJs across the venue's three rooms, keen to make the most of their enviable (or is it unenviable?) position as the last great party of the summer. Everyone from Âme and Andrea Oliva to DJ Sneak and Skream were booked, with headline appearances from several Sankeys regulars. Only managing to make it down for the final stint (the party was extended to 30 hours), it was only the Basement that remained open. A strong police presence in the area had meant that the Terrace was unable to host any music, so Darius Syrossian, Hector Couto, Steve Lawler and special guests Dan Ghenacia and Dyed Soundorom were told to take it to Sankeys' signature floor instead.
What was immediately striking was the attention to fancy-dress, or lack of. Few had made the effort, while the club set about decorating the Basement in an oddly premature Halloween get-up. The party itself, at the time under the guidance of a back-to-back set from Syrossian and Couto, was animated, especially considering its sizeable lifespan. Lawler, who couldn't make his set earlier in the day due to illness, arrived 30 minutes late, leading on from his fellow VIVa warrior with some fast, bass-heavy tracks. It was a sound that, by that point, didn't suit the system, with the low ends drowning out any accompanying elements. As a result, the vocals on Romanthony's “Let Me Show You Love” didn't have quite the impact they could have. Closing out the summer with a six-hour set would be Apollonia duo Dan Ghenacia and Dyed Soundorom, who were announced as special guests. Playing a little deeper and more subtle than Lawler, they soon had the speakers emitting a more balanced sound, before choosing to round off the marathon party with an foray into tribal and techier territory.
Amnesia - Amnesia Photo Team
Space - Space Photo Team
All others - Tasya Menaker
Thu, 10 Oct 2013  /  Post a comment
Nitsa has announced its October events programme.
Last month saw Numbers, Pampa Records and Klockworks all host parties at the club. Next up is Ellum Audio on Friday, October 11th, with performances from label chief Maceo Plex, Danny Daze and DJ Tennis, with hip-hop maestro DJ Shadow spinning the following week on the 18th. The following night Four Tet brings Neneh Cherry and UK duo Rocketnumbernine to the venue, before Metro Area and Will Bankhead's The Trilogy Tapes imprint take over the club on the 25th and 26th respectively. Anthony Naples has been booked to headline the latter party. Rounding out the month will be Scuba, who will DJ on Halloween.
Oct 11 Ellum Audio ShowcasePost a comment
Oct 12 The Magician
Oct 18 DJ Shadow
Oct 19 Four Tet presents
Oct 25 Metro Area Live
Oct 26 Trilogy Tapes Night
Oct 31 Scuba
Fri, 04 Oct 2013  /  1 Comment
The first of our two-part special takes a whiz round a handful of the party finales, including high-profile events at Space, Amnesia, Sankeys and DC-10.1 Comment
Carl Cox: The Party Unites
Running for 12 weeks between July 9th and September 24th, Carl Cox's The Party Unites was the last of the heavyweight residencies to open and the first to close. In keeping with tradition, Loco Dice would join Cox in the Discoteca, with tINI tasked with warming up. In the Terrazza, Safehouse Management staples Jon Rundell and Yousef played before DJ Sneak. Given its status as the most popular party on the island, it was no surprise to find Space jam-packed from the off. Playing to full floors almost from the first record, Rundell and tINI were forced to infuse their respective selections with more bite than usual. In the Terrazza, Rundell's springy techno received a welcome reaction from the crowd, who seemed eager to skip out the customary foreplay.
Over in the Discoteca, which saw every inch of its sprawling layout occupied by fervent dancers, Dice was busy working his way through cut after cut of hard-edged tech house, including Parallel Clouds' remix of Underground Resistance's "Transition." Keeping it tough in expectance of Cox's arrival, Dice's stern 4/4 pulse suddenly deflated, morphing into a slice of low-slung, southern-drawl hip-hop. It was arguably the night's stand-out moment. Carl Cox came on to a thunder of cheers, accentuated by balloons, CO2 cannons and streams of confetti. Initially, he kept the grooves thick and swinging, dropping The Martinez Brothers' remix of Green Velvet's "Bigger Than Prince." As the night wore on, he moved techier, stopping only for one last Discoteca rendition of Ninetoe's "Finder," adding in a perfectly timed "oh yes, oh yes" just before the bass kicked back in.
Jamie Jones presents Paradise
For the third and final time this season, DC-10 laid bare its cavernous two rooms for Jamie Jones and his invitees. An action-packed lineup advertised sets from the likes of Cassy, Heidi, Magda, Dan Ghenacia back-to-back Dyed Soundorom and Roman Flügel. The latter, in particular, seemed an odd but inspired choice. However, arriving a little before 1.30 AM, I was disappointed to find Flügel already winding down. As incongruous a booking as it might have been, why have him at all if only to warm-up? In the Terrace, Heidi was throwing down her signature full frontal style, using Cajmere and Wayne Williams' "Acid House" to whip up an early frenzy.
Following Loco Dice and Richie Hawtin's roadblock appearances earlier in the summer, I was expecting to find the closing an uncomfortable, sweaty battle. It turned out, however, just right. There was enough space to dance, the crowd was mixed and friendly, and the sound was the right side of musical. Richy Ahmed took over from Heidi, and bar one super-sloppy transition, excelled himself. An uncomplicated mixing style coupled with spot-on selections made for a rampant display of tough, groovy house. When executed well, nothing suits the Terrace more. Ghenacia and Soundorom followed with a slew of mean, classic grooves, keeping to Ahmed's high pace. Jamie Jones, present in the booth for the majority of the Apollonia duo's set, segued neatly, albeit with more modern, snarling beats. Tom Flynn's "Hoochie| and an upfront edit of Salt-N-Pepa's "Push It" ensured he held a strong grip over his crowd from the off—just as he has all season.
Rounding off the trio of closings would be ENTER., or as it was cleverly dubbed, EXIT. Space, once again, would find itself at full capacity for the entirety of the night, although this time overrun by a much stronger European contingent. Disheartened to discover Andy Stott had failed to show in ENTER.Mind, I made my way to the suggestively housier confines of the Terrazza. There, Maya Jane Coles took to turning out considered, streamlined techno, despite being allocated the middle headline slot. Her fusion of dreamy pads and meandering vocals felt a little too soft for the occasion. Confident that the start of Hawtin's marathon set would prove punchier, it was no shock to find the Discoteca filled with the sound of slamming warehouse techno.
After a brief, overwhelming spell, it was back to the airier second room, where Claude VonStroke was already into his stride. Spinning a chunky, if slightly safe set peppered with seasonal smashes (Jimmy Edgar's "Strike," Breach's "Jack"), it was at least interesting to see the Dirtybird chief away from his own Sankeys party. Flashes of throbbing 303s and moments of deep, driving techno harked back to VonStroke's more minimal days. Back in the Discoteca, Hawtin was still at it, tirelessly interweaving track after track of clinical techno. After the silly, ostentatious fun that was Carl Cox's goodbye, EXIT. seemed to be lacking a certain farewell spirit, but then again, given the party's serious, stripped-back ethos, that was probably the point.
The Zoo Project
Keen for a break from the dark, stifling trappings of nightclub finales, The Zoo Project seemed like an obvious choice. Though Gala Night too was brimming with people, the venue's expansive site meant moments of respite in the cool night air were easy to come by. By the Pool, the Acid Mondays were laying down trippy, driving house to the flamboyant swarm before them. Meanwhile at the Seal Pit, Margaret Dygas was easing into her closing set.
Even taking into account Zoo's sharp, underground booking policy, the Perlon-affiliate, on paper, felt like a step too far. Especially to close out the entire season. Would the party's young, British crowd take to her steadfast style? In short, yes. Dygas did all the work, making sure to keep her vinyl-only selections as upbeat and infectious as possible. Despite the odd slapdash mix, the programming was spot on, treating the mini-amphitheatre to 90 minutes of captivating electronic house. In truth, it was up there with the best sets of the season. As the habitual wave of decadent dancers, hula hoopers and six-foot penguins took to the stage to bid farewell, a young girl, dancing to the grooves of Margaret Dygas, shouted out: "Pingu, you the man!" Amen.
After taking the weekend to recharge, it was straight back into the melee on Monday night for the closing of Cocoon. Arriving at Amnesia early to avoid the subsequent swarms of Circoloco defectors, Raresh was already implementing the sparse Terrace with his take on warm, melodic techno. In the busier Main Room, Matthias Kaden was playing much harder, diligently mixing the likes of Roman Flügel's "More More More." Therein lies Cocoon's class: the party can showcase such disparate styles across its two rooms, while never wavering from its staunch dedication to top-quality sounds. As Sven Väth and Ricardo Villalobos' peak time slots approached, it was time to make a decision.
Manning the Terrace, Villalobos began sprightly, inviting full-on warrior moves from the dance floor. Throwing down slabs of his signature rich techno, complete with interludes of rave stabs, the wiry eccentric really took it to the room. Soon however, careful not to overstep the mark, he settled into more rolling grooves. Around the same time, the sound inexplicably reduced by several notches in the Terrace. A common occurrence throughout the season, it was time to lock into Väth. The Cocoon controller seemed totally charged up, seamlessly conveying his love for plump, emotive techno until he finally, and literally, bowed out at 10.30 AM. Agoria's "Scala," Ten Walls' "Gotham" and Tale Of Us' "Another Earth" were all aired in the early hours, rewarding the party's following for another season of unwavering support. It was a pity the Terrace wasn't its usual, booming self, but ultimately, it mattered little.
After a much needed interval, it was off to Sankeys for Fuse on Wednesday eve. Sad news met the faithful throng as they entered the club's double-doors: Enzo Siragusa was ill and would be unable to perform. In his place, Julian Perez and Guti would act as stand-ins. The former opened up proceedings, engaging in a three-way back-to-back-to-back alongside warm-up specialists Rossko and Seb Zito. The trio turned in the set of the night, moving from tempered, tumbling house through to funkier techno. Throwing in the odd breakbeat and sensuous vocal for good measure, it's hard to think of anywhere showcasing more competent warm-up DJing in Ibiza this summer.
Similar to Paradise, the make-up of the crowd seemed less noticeably British than usual, with all ages seemingly represented. Less busy than the Dirtybird closing, which was at times unmanageable, there was space to move freely and to dance. Guti, possibly the season's most prolific performer, expertly tailored his live show to the room, focusing less on attention-grabbing hooks and vocals, and more on boisterous, thumping basslines. Up next was tINI, who given the nature of her Sirocco-based beach party, has made Fuse her most expressive stomping ground. Displaying darker, more angular selections than usual, it nicely rounded off a bold, telling first full season for the London brand.
Lead - James Chapman, Ibiza Spotlight
Carl Cox - Nel G Photography
The Zoo Project - The Zoo Project Photo Team
ENTER. - Igor Rubnik
Cocoon - Amnesia Photo Team
Used + Abused - Roberto Castaño
ANTS - Roberto Castaño
Defected In The House - Shane Webber Photography
All others - Tasya Menaker
Thu, 03 Oct 2013  /  Post a comment
New Barcelona club KER has revealed the booking schedule for its opening month.
The venue announced its arrival into the city's clubbing landscape several weeks ago. Its first season will kick off with two opening parties: Art Department and My Favorite Robot spin on Friday, October 11th, before Audion and Eduardo de la Calle perform on the Saturday. The rest of the month will see Vakula headline on the 18th, with The Martinez Brothers—stars of our most recent Between The Beats video—dropping by on the 19th. Rounding out the month, with a rare Barcelona show, will be DJ Harvey on Saturday, October 26th.
Tickets to all KER events are available here on RA.
Oct 11 KER Pres. Art Department, My Favorite RobotPost a comment
Oct 12 KER presents Audion, Eduardo De La Calle, Alex Pott
Oct 18 KER presents Vakula, Baldo, Smoke Signals
Oct 19 KER presents Martinez Brothers, Alex Pott, Ion Pananides
Oct 25 KER presents Danny Ocean, Pau Roca, Alex Pott
Oct 26 KER presents DJ Harvey, Alfonso, Ion Pananides
Wed, 02 Oct 2013  /  Post a comment
The latest club to hit Madrid's electronic landscape, The X, will open on Saturday, October 5th.Post a comment
The new venue is located in the city centre, near Plaza de Callao. Parties will take place weekly on Saturday nights, with a focus on deep house. Kicking off the season this weekend will be Apollonia member Dan Ghenacia, with support coming from Javi Green and Mar.Yo. The remainder of the Autumn season will feature the likes of Matthias Tanzmann and Karotte, with label showcases from Hot Creations and Crosstown Rebels also in the pipeline. Appearances from Los Soruba, Mirko Loko and Uner will make up the rest of the October programme.
Tickets to the opening of The X are available here on RA.
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