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Perfectly encapsulating the soulfulness of American house, the futurism of techno and the exuberance of rave is not a task for just any DJ, but Avalon Emerson not only dominates this challenge, shemakes it her own - by skilfully adding some of her edits and unreleased productions. A San Francisco native, Avalon Emerson grew up in Arizona, where self-taught sound engineering and production, partially by playing in and recording her friends' bands. Coming back to SF in as a young adult, she began to put on warehouse parities in San Francisco, where she cut her teeth as a DJ.
From her debut record, 2014's "Pressure"/"Quoi" on Icee Hot to her later outings on labels like Shtum, Whities and Spectral, her artistic profile rose to the top echelon of today's dance music, paving her steady way with memorable sets at booths like Panorama Bar or De School, or festivals like Sustain-Release and Sónar. What makes her style so unanimous is not only the flawless genre-hopping, but also the penchant for sound design details and moments of an oneiric tripiness that touches the very heart of today's most discerning ravers.
There is a hyper-danceable sonic place where the corrosion of acid lines and the dream of house stabs meet, in a kind of primordial communion of dance music codes. Justin Cudmore knows this place of shadow and light like the back of his hand - as he helped to write the most recent chapters of its history.
Both in his productions and in his selections as a DJ, one feels the enthusiasm typical of those who can't help but look to the future, while still respecting - and referencing - the past. His records have appeared in labels that incorporate the same ethics: New York's The Bunker, Detroit's Interdimensional Transmissions and the impeccable label founded by Honey Soundsystem, HNYTRX. His sets have been heard at clubs such as Berghain or Smartbar - as well as at the most iconic and influential queer parties on the planet: Wrecked, Queen!, Horse Meat Disco, Hot Mass or Club Toilet. It's time to welcome him
to Lux, with arms as open as the interesting and euphoric party music he usually shares with his dancefloors.
Orpheu The Wizard
Orpheu de Jong co-founded Red Light Radio in Amsterdam's Red Light District, an area that's been signaling the city's difference for decades. Online broadcasts started in 2010 and the fact the studio has a window to the street (deliberate choice!) shows a clear disposition to be a part of the community and share the music, share the records. Orpheu speaks of the thrill of buying cheap vinyl during those years when a lot of people got rid of their collections and replaced them for digital files. That was more or less the beginning. More and more records. In the process, a path was revealed. When he became a DJ, the mission was launched. Orpheu tends to the exotic, he casts a long net over music that doesn't sound from around these parts, highlighting percussion, alien sounds, different languages, making a point of avoiding show-off exoticism. A set is unmistakably directed at the dancefloor, opening up new vistas, a notion of History and the supreme pleasure of sharing music while both DJ and dancers surf the BPMs. Red Light Radio shares a courtyard with Red Light Records, another way of displaying great love for records and the eagerness to show them to other people. Additionaly, Orpheu is the house designer for local label Dekmantel. The records hit the market with his aesthetic vision and his relationship with the physical object becomes somewhat complete. If Orpheu The Wizard appears exposed as a DJ, he is absolutely crucial in the way he shakes the backstage of this culture we care for so much.