The last few weeks have seen us touch on the need to support grass roots clubs. So this week’s guide to the most essential events in the UK, casts its net a little wider and moves away from the bigger clubs and into the underground. See you front left.
Lauren Lo Sung at Electric Soup, Workington
Liverpool’s Lauren Lo Sung headlines this party after years of working her way up through the underground. Taking cues from Chicago and Detroit, she mixes up the sound of her UK roots with breaks, house, dub and techno, and has also released on esteemed labels like Yoruba Grooves, Love Not Money and Circus Recordings. Since 2009 she has also run her own Lolife night. This week she heads up into Cumbria, to headline Electric Soup, a new venue flying the flag for house and techno in the far north west of England.
Albion Records at Cell 200, London
Albion Records is a label started up in Leeds, but this weekend they head to the capital for the second in a series of events at the new and intimate Cell 200. The soundtrack will be no messing house, minimal and techno from residents Luke Foulkes and Matthew Neequaye, with Max Vaahs from the heady HardWorkSoftDrink label.
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Moomin at Hideout, Brighton
Hideout is a small new club in Brighton, powered by a Funktion-One sound system. On Friday, Disco in the Basement step up with Smallville’s cuddly deep house specialist Moomin. A master of warm, earthy deep house, his ability to embellish his grooves with exquisite samples is second to none, and mean this cosy little club will be the perfect place to experience his intimate and romantic sound.
Denis Sulta at Wire, Leeds
Denis Sulta really divides opinion. On the face of it, he seems to have risen to the top of the pile by playing old classic dance and trance tracks to younger audiences who then share videos online, which go viral. Far from a gimmicky selector though, he actually cut his teeth working in Rub a Dub and runs his own Sulta Selects so really knows his house and techno onions. In the small Wire basement, it will be interesting to see just which path he heads down.
CLUB Pelicon with Whities at The White Hotel, Manchester
Whities is one of the hottest and most intriguing labels out there and this showcase finds them bring the hugely original Vladimir Ivkovic to Manchester. The German is resident at Dusseldorf’s Salon des Amateurs, and he has truly made the place his own over the last 12 years. Quite what to expect from him on any given night is anyone’s guess: he can do folk and experimental, sludgy techno or abrasive noise that is always original and arresting in equal measure. Family members Amelia and Tasker also join the fun.
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