Parties, per usual. As summer continues to roll on in its all too quick manner, savor the daylight until 9pm, and the dark hours thereafter. This weekend we have more quality house and techno, and a bit of London flare.
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Thursday, July 10: Ripperton at Monarch
Swiss producer Ripperton finesses euphoria into minimal house tracks. Since taking the solo route in 2006 (formerly one half of duo, Lazy Fat People), he’s had a prolific output of EPs that slowly build and billow, suited for intimate, dark spaces isolated in glass. His sedated melancholy slides through lush, albeit techy, terrains for imprints such as Joris Voorn’s Green, Planet E, and Ripperton’s own Tamed Musiq.
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Friday, July 11: Rolling Tuff presents Clockwork & Avatism (Live) at Monarch
Italian producer Clockwork, a.k.a. Francesco Leali, emerged in 2011 under the approval of Jamie Jones and his Hot Creations imprint, though he now runs closer to Tale of Us’ Life and Death, which released his black vapor filled LP debut, B.O.A.T.S, last year. On the rise, his melodic techno tracks have a broodingly come-hither allure, at times with hooky, dance-pop appeal. Fellow Italian and collaborator Avatism is also on the bill, who winds things a little tighter into eerie, steely tech-house.
Saturday, July 12: Jackhammer Disco presents Basement Jaxx (DJ set) at Public Works
London duo Basement Jaxx pumps out big-bodied cathartic anthems from between the worlds of dance and pop. Double painted with raga, hip-hop, R&B, Chicago house, and salsa, and laden with vocals and maximum texture, it’s music for a party scene and pop culture affirms it — Jaxx songs have been placed in Entourage to the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, and perhaps you recall “Where’s Your Head At” from Tomb Raider (among hefty radio play). And while those titles may be commercial successes, Basement Jaxx’s six albums since ’99 — with a seventh out this fall — for whatever reason, didn’t reach across huge crowds. Considering their continuous fervor though, an original sound of hot to trot, irresistibly bright exuberance, it seems likely that in the end, Basement Jaxx will be reaching across decades.
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Saturday, July 12: Modular – Urulu at Audio
Since his 2012 debut, twenty-something LA to London to Berlin transplant Urulu, a.k.a. Taylor Freels, has been quick to rise in the realm of high-spirited house factions like Exploited and Let’s Play House. Such imprints, leaning towards busty energy and pop-house crossovers, fit the young talent’s propulsive productions, though he pushes classic ’90s tropes farther into lush states of entrancement. From glistening, spacey sweeps on “Lunar Larry”, to thickset, dark vigor on “Drowning,” Urulu’s short, though impressive catalog fronts a club-cool sound that’s not tired in the least.