Motion, Bristol. Photo credit Entirety Labs.
UK you're nearly there! After the excesses of New Year's Eve, five weeks of January make it the most depressing party month of the year. Salvation is almost here however, and to celebrate one of the year's best weekends, we select five killer UK parties.
Jackmaster, sent to the Highlands to have a long hard think about his actions.
Scotland is in the house in a big way at Motion this weekend as Jackmaster invites some of his favourite DJs from north of the border to play Bristol's favourite super venue. Denis Sulta's meteoric rise, aided by his own big productions and a penchant for dropping hard house classics mid set, has made him one of dance music's most hotly debated DJs currently. Jasper James, Optimo, Harri & Domenic, Dixon Avenue Basement Jams and Eclair Fifi complete the bill.
Mastermix at Motion, 74-78 Avon Street, Bristol. 27 January. For more info, click here.
DJ CVs don't come any more formidable than Stingray's. The Detroit native was taught to mix by Moodymann and spent his breakout years playing out as Drexciya's tour DJ. A member of 90s downtempo act Urban Tribe with Carl Craig, Anthony 'Shake' Shakir and Kenny Dixon Jr., his ties to some of Detroit's biggest legends run deep. A move to Berlin in 2016 rejuvenated the veteran electro DJ's career and he closed out last year as one of the scene's most acclaimed underground DJs, donning his trademark balaclava at some of the world's most forward thinking parties. He was helped along of course by the buoyant popularity of electro and joins host Loshea for Hopeworks' next lineup. The bill features an interesting mix of forward thinking DJs that includes experimental act Mumdance, Rinse FM's Josey Rebelle and Haitian-American techno DJ Sybil Jason.
Hope Works, Unit 1A Hope Works, Sussex Road, Sheffield. 26 January. For more info, click here.
Ben UFO touches down in Bath for Origins Presents: Close Quarters on the back of his recent two part Dekmantel podcast. The UK favourite spent last year yet again cherry picking the world's best clubs to play and celebrated ten years of his Hessle Audio label with a lengthy world tour with co-founders Pearson Sound and Pangaea. The chance to hear one of the world's best DJs in the comfy, intimate environment of one of the UK's best small clubs should not be missed.
Origins at Moles,14 George Street, Bath. 26 January. For more info, click here.
Francesco Del Garda.
Frankfurt/Offenbach collective Hardworksoftdrink sit on the frontline of post-minimal house. Mining a murky intersection between 90s sci-fi inspired house, electro, breakbeat and machine driven techno, the label has become one of Europe's most popular buy-on-sight vinyl imprints. Label boss Max Vaahs invites one of Europe's current favourite deep digging selectors, Francesco Del Garda and Art of Dark resident Andrew James Gustav to play for what should be a night of tune spotting pleasure for London's record sleuths and Discogs warriors.
Hardworksoftdrink at The Pickle Factory, 13-14 The Oval, London. 26 January. For more info, click here.
Horse Meat Disco have wormed their way into club promoters minds as one of dance music's 'Go To' acts for disco. After the springboard of their mid 2000s East London parties that helped put disco back on the map in the UK capital, they've earned a reputation as some of the genre's most respected diggers, mix compilers and radio DJs via their Rinse FM shows. After a month of January misery, the chance to watch them put a smile on the face of Manchester's party faithful should not be missed.
Horse Meat Disco at Gorilla, 54-56 Whitworth St West, Manchester, For more info, click here.
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