3/28 - 4/1
Diverse offerings up for grabs this week. Here's what's on our radar.
Bass and garage fans will rejoice in knowing that Flava D is making her way to Monarch for Soundpieces’ weekly. The London-based DJ melds grime, wobbly bass, broken beats and even a little four-to-the-floor for a style that is uniquely her own. Fans of Night Bass, Dirtybird, Disclosure, and more liquid and soulful bass music would do well to check her out. She’s been championed by Annie Mac and had a few high profile remixes for artists such as AlunaGeorge, My Nu Leng and Sam Smith. This girl-dominated lineup will have no shortage of glitchy bass with Carly D and Wolfbitch on opening honors.
Everyone’s favorite weekly (with its free-to-modest cover and free champagne from 9-10pm) brings the Scandinavian Della to the decks. Not only is she a vocalist (see the 303-laden “It’s Acid” with Lil Mark on Chicago imprint Twirl), but is also finding success as a DJ as well from Berlin to Oslo to Copenhagen. You’ll find a common theme of classic house sounds from Della.
Modular ushers in Berlin’s Andreas Henneberg to Monarch on Thursday night. He is a label head, producer, and DJ in his own right, treading the space between minimal techno and tech house. Recommended for fans of Einmusik, Super Flu, and Robert Babicz. Opening sets by Pedro Arbulu, Jill McDonald, and Eugenia.
Striding between minimal techno and gloomy electronica, Max Cooper promises a visually stunning show. You might also know Cooper for a number of remixes (for diverse names you’ve definitely heard of: Sasha, Pig & Dan, John Tejada, Extrawelt, Minilogue, to indie darlings like Hot Chip and Au Revoir Simone to Portishead). Public Works will make for an excellent backdrop for his audio/visual mastery. Opening sets by Matt Hubert (In:SIGHT) and William Wardlaw (As You Like It).
If punishing, full force techno is more your speed, Lights Down Low brings Berghain resident Anthony Parasole to the basement at Monarch. Equally in demand on labels as he was as a record buyer, Parasole has seen releases on Ostgut Ton, MDR, and now his own labels (the Corner and Deconstruct). Recommended if you like DVS1, Answer Code Request, Kobosil, or Planetary Assault Systems. The night will also include a live set by Container, and opened by Surface Tension's Nihar Bhatt & Richie Panic.
As though the previous events were not enough, even more techno is headed your way from Shifted (Avian) and Blue Hour (Ostgut Ton). Sure Thing has an excellent habit of well-curated but lesser-known-to-the-west-coast bookings. This one is no exception.
If you were at any Dirtybird event (let alone anywhere else) over the last year, you most certainly heard Will Clarke’s infectious single. While he delivers on the usual bass-heavy and funky peak time Dirtybird aesthetic, Clarke has actually proven an excellent selector. His sets and podcast reveal consistently fresh techno tracks that step outside what you might expect from the Dirtybird wheelhouse in a great way. Opening set by the Kazbah’s Elz.
For a more comprehensive guide to upcoming dance music events, we recommend this calendar. Have we missed an event? Have something coming up we should know about? Corrections? Email us for consideration at email@example.com.