Dark Disco

Category: By brockolio

After you've finished double-taking at that lineup, make sure you find a way to get to NYC May 30th as the good folks over at MeanRed have built one of the most obscenely stacked bills seen in the city in some time.  This is undoubtedly going to be a special night, so be sure to get tickets ASAP to ensure entry to 7-Hours of mind-melting music that will be taking up both floors of Element Nightclub.

"On Memorial Day weekend, we are bringing together established and emerging talent from around the globe to lay down the future. Each of these artists are visionaries, pioneers, and icons… many of whom rarely play in New York. (This is Ikonika’s first performance in NYC!!). This will be a night like no other with historic sets and interactive art. We’re doing this to wrestle nightclubs from the grip of scenesters and tourists. We’re doing this to bring you to the dark side of disco."

In honor of this momentous event, we tapped the mysterious Spectacal for a quick mini-mix featuring tunes from Egyptrixx, Ikonika, Worthy, House of House, Actress, and MJ Cole.

M. J. Cole is a British house and UK garage producer and remixer, regarded as one of the innovators of the 2Step or UK Garage sound. He came up in the Drum & Bass scene during the late 1990s and early 2000s, and has, in the past two years re-emerged as a serious electronica futurist.


Sara Abdel-Hamid – aka Ikonika – is one of UK dubstep’s sharpest talents. Born and raised in west London under the roar of the jets coming in and out of Heathrow, where her Egyptian father and Filipino mother met, a sound that finds its echo in the towering walls of synths that drench her debut album, Contact, Love, Want, Have. She first became involved in music drumming in hardcore and metal bands, dabbled in hip-hop and dubstep, then she crafted her own singular sound built around messed-up rhythms, off-kilter melodies, eight-bit bleeps that recall the computer games of her childhood and, of course, those vast, monolithic synths.


Actress, aka, Darren J. Cunningham not only runs the Werk label and has discovered / released some of the most widely talked about artists of the emerging bass generation (Disrupt, Zomby, Lukid and Starkey, to name a few) but he produced the exceptional “Hazyville LP” drawing cries for a Mercury Award Nomination. Actress has performed stunning live shows at Fabric London and DJ’d alongside the likes of Juan Atkins, UR, Modeselektor, Radioactive Man, Dabrye, Kode 9 and Flying Lotus. DJ sets are variable depending on the night and mood, but generally programmed to suit afro-futuristic sounds of all persuasions.


Growing up in both NY and Miami, Michna is that unique breed of artist that draws from both the urban and the tropical. As a youngster, Adrian started DJing parties with cassettes and playing trombone in a band on the NYC bar circuit including the infamous Lion’s Den and CBGB’s. Currently based in Brooklyn NY, Adrian Michna (aka DJ Egg Foo Young) has become a staple in the NYC club scene. While working on his solo album, he also found time to remix the mysterious Jandek (the only artist ever to do so) and produce on Brazilian group Bonde Do Role’s debut LP for Domino/Mad Decent. His debut LP “Magic Monday” and the elevating single “Triple Chrome Dipped” are works of pure glitch glory.


House of House
House Of House is the New York City-based dance music duo of Saheer Umar (Afrika Islam’s nephew) and Olivier “Liv” Spencer (Still Going, DFA, Manthraxx). In early 2009, NYC-based duo House of House honored that rich history by creating and releasing the beast that is the “Rushing to Paradise” 12″ on cult label Whatever We Want Records. Instantly coveted and championed by cutting edge DJ’s, record collectors and cultural connoisseurs, “Rushing to Paradise” quickly moved up into the upper echelon of “years best” lists, even before the records official release date. Clocking in at 13 minutes and weaving through the highest peaks and deep valleys of human emotion, House of House gave birth to an epic opus. Their deep, rich, soulful house is set to rescue NYC from clutches of mindless dance music.


Kenny Dope
Three-time Grammy nominated Kenny Dope, one of the most prolific artists of the modern music age, has been entertaining and astounding the masses alike with his fusion of house, hip-hop, Latin, jazz, soul, and broken beats. Known as a living encyclopedia of beats, Kenny Dope grew up in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park and by the early eighties he was absorbing the hip hop beats that were being played at the local street parties. Since then, he went on to create an explosive catalogue of work with Louis Vega under the Masters at Work alias, and has traveled the world as living legend.

SF-based DJ and Dirtybird label founder, Worthy was bred on hip hop, breaks. techno and drum ‘n’ bass. He later conspired with Christian Martin, Justin Martin and Claude VonStroke to co-create a fresh take on outdoor parties, rightly named Dirtybird. The Dirtybird parties have quickly become an institution for San Francisco die-hards and a destination for international travelers. These days, Worthy’s music production has been showing up on DJ charts across the world and has been played by everyone from Carl Cox to Sven Vath to Ben Watt.


Nick Hook
Hometown hero Nick Hook has been a staple of the NYC music scene for years. A genre chameleon by nature, Nick has lent his talents to projects as diverse as Men, Women & Children, SPORTS and Cardboard Collective. He has performed alongside talent such as Drop The Lime, Cage, Yak Ballz, and remixed tracks for countless artists. These days, when he’s not planning the infamous Dre Day NYC party, he is heading up the post-punk noise funk band Cubic Zirconia, and releasing music on his recently formed Don’t Cry Recordings.

Toronto-based producer (a.k.a.David Psutka) has been fiddling with beats for years; Psutka’s knowledge runs deep, allowing him to thoughtfully pull from house, techno, dubstep, UK funky, and whatever other genres he needs (gothy drone rock, anyone?) to create a unique sound that he likes to refer to as “celestial club music.” With appearances booked across Europe and North America this summer, Egyptrixx is poised to take a whole lot of clubbers much deeper than they’re accustomed to going.


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1 comment so far.

  1. aurelie_bot May 14, 2010 at 12:12 PM
    looove that ikonika remix at the end of this mix!

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