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After much uncertainty it is with great pleasure that I invite you to the Collect! that may never have happened in the venue that almost didn’t exist!
A stay of execution on our beloved DLS has allowed us to roll out three rising stars of the last twelve months in Techno and House - Lockedgroove and Dense + Pika.
Both acts have made their names with top British label Hotflush Recordings, owned by Scuba and you can read a gushing report on their progress below! This months poster boy can be found anywhere but we hope you can rely on us to think a little harder and provide you with acts of quality and originality. I’ll use that phrase again: the connoisseur’s choice.
The dust thrown up by the monumental Faction NYE has now settled and after a January sized sabbatical DLS welcomes you back, once again ringing the changes within the venue. You'll have to wait to see what we've come up with!
All in all it looks like another rosy year for the steel city, let’s get it going with a Hotflush coloured bang!
Here’s hoping you’ve all given up on your resolutions and are ready to party like fuck with the best crowd in the north by February the 9th.
Usual rules - Just be nice, don't be a dick and be old enough (18) and able to prove it.
£8 advance from Golden Harvest (forum), Balance (division st), Cremorne pub (london rd), Hallamshire House (commonside) and through Party For The People, Resident Advisor or Skiddle.
VERY LIMITED £6 TICKETS FROM Part For The People ONLY!!
For a man who's not been on the scene for long, Locked Groove has had something of a career-defining year. Have a quick glance through 2012's end of year polls and it's not going to be long before you see him mentioned. He's released on two of the years most prominent techno labels and has been name checked as a key figure in their success. Firstly, for his two highly acclaimed EP's for Scuba's seminal Hotflush imprint. Secondly, for his part in the revitalisation of Tiga's Turbo Recordings, which helped lead Turbo high into the label charts on both RA and XLR8R, and the New Jack Techno album to the No.2 slot on RA's compilation chart. Having arrived at techno and house via a stint with dubstep, Locked Groove approaches his DJ sets from a more eclectic angle, and is uninhibited by the usual techno convention. He's as likely to drop Berghain style big room techno, as Chicago house or Turbo bangers and often all in the same set. Here at Collect! we think variety is the spice of life and Locked Groove is unquestionably a master of that.
Dense & Pika
Anyone who's been keeping their peepers on the new breed of British techno artists coming through the ranks will've surely noticed Dense & Pika over the past year. Although their releases have been causing a stir amongst the techno/house community, not a great deal is known about these artists except that one of the duo is rumoured to have released on Planet E in the past, but more importantly, that they consistently release no nonsense, stripped back warehouse-ready techno. It's no surprise that DJ's such as Blawan, DJ Koze, Boddika, Levon Vincent, Alex Jones and Scuba are all destroying dance floors with their tracks. Even Maya Jane Coles has been lured from the depths by their brooding crossover stompers. Having only released four white labels before being wisely snapped up by Scuba for his Hotflush imprint, it's clear D&P are destined for all things great and are on their way to the top of the modern UK techno scene. Their music hints at Berlin, Detroit and Chicago but conversely concludes on a sound that feels very raw and British. Believe us when we state that this is pedigree stomping tackle folks, to say that we're a bit excited about this is something of an understatement!
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