Verboten kicks off October with the Trouble & Bass 8-Year Anniversary show, bringing the likes of Jack Beats, AC Slater and more to celebrate the cutting-edge bass label and crew. Live shows this month include Hercules & Love Affair, Gui Boratto, RÜFÜS DU SOL, and Klangkarussell, who are playing live for the first time ever. It all culminates in an epic Halloween Weekend lineup with Classixx, Lee Burridge, Gaiser (live) and many more. Verboten was also recently nominated in Village Voice’s Best of NYC Readers’ Poll for “Best Dance Club” – vote here
October 2 The Carry Nation presents Hercules & Love Affair [live] / Hosted by Susanne Bartsch
Founded by Andy Butler, Hercules & Love Affair is a revolving door of personalities, each with something to say. The round-up features the vocal stylings of John Grant whose lyrical ability translates hardship into elegance, Rogue Mary’s deep and spiritual sound, Gustaph’s mezzo-soprano, and Krystle Warren who was added into the mix after John discovered her voice on Youtube. Mark Pistel joined in on production duties for the group’s second album Blue Songs. The sum of their parts makes for meaningful house music that is also pop, and speaks to the most musically adept of tastes.
October 3 Trouble & Bass 8th Anniversary | Night Bass Tour: Jack Beats / AC Slater / Hannah Wants / Kry Wolf / Swindle / T&B Residents Star Eyes / Doctor Jeep / Tony Quattro + Magic 8 Art Show
Hailing from London, DJ Plus One and Beni G make up Jack Beats. Citing diverse influences, Jack Beats have taken the hip hop aesthetic to the dance arena, drawing on the best in UK dance music from house, dubstep and drum & bass to create their own unique sound. Check out their Night Bass mix for THUMP here
AC Slater’s career kicked off with a bang in 2008, with his seminal remix of “Turn the Music Up” on Trouble & Bass becoming an instant anthem. AC Slater creates his “Night Bass” sound by fusing elements of house music with the dirty basslines of UK garage and sprinkles of old-school rave synths and breaks. With the Trouble & Bass crew and his own record label Party Like Us, AC Slater continues to release some of the most groundbreaking and forward-thinking bass-heavy dance music in the underground. Check out his newest track “Fifty K” available for free download here
Hannah Wants, notorious for her hard-hitting bass house style, is a self taught DJ from Birmingham. Over the past few years, as this new genre of house music has quickly risen to the forefront of the scene, Hannah has securely taking the reigns as its leading lady. Hannah’s newest release “Signs” with Chris Lorenzo feat. Janai is out now on Ultra Music (listen here
), with her tracks and mixes continuing to create waves and gaining momentum with every release.
Kry Wolf, made up of Bill Francis and Lewis Darvill, is quickly becoming recognized as one of the UK’s most exciting underground players due to their distinctively creative and varied production style. Raising the bar with their smash “Turbosteppa,” the duo is also behind two of the most exciting labels around, Sounds of Sumo
and Food Music
. With names like A-Trak, Claude VonStroke and Joe Goddard dropping their tracks, the word of the Wolf is spreading fast. Check out their latest tracks “Citrus” and “Education” on Food Music here
South London’s Swindle took a keen interest in music at a young age, learning to play the piano age eight and recording his own music by 13. His underground smash “Air Miles” (released by Planet Mu) made a big impact on the club scene, pushing him to the forefront as a DJ. Playing sets that consist mainly of his own music, he always leaves an individual stamp on ravers with his brand of jazzy grime, dubstep and UK funk.
Also on joining in are the T&B crew including Star Eyes, Doctor Jeep and Tony Quattro. Those who have been to a T&B birthday before know how rowdy, sweaty, and amazing their parties can be. But don’t take our word for it: watch the recaps of the 5-year anniversary featuring Plastician here
and the 6-Year Anniversary featuring Salva, Nadastrom and Mike Q here
Verboten is also hosting Magic 8, a free art show featuring over 20 artists who have designed custom Magic 8-Balls. This will also be the release of a special T-shirt with Chickenshit Conspiracy from Russia and Mishka NYC. Free Jameson cocktails will be available while supplies last. The art show takes place in Verboten’s Cabaret Bar from 8-11 pm.
October 4 Verboten + Push The Night: Gui Boratto [live] / Henry Saiz [live band] / Chymera [live] / James Gill
Gui Boratto is a name to look out for on the Brazilian house, techno and minimal scene. After performing various works for countless record labels such asage EMI, Virgin, and BMG, Gui Boratto began to dedicate himself to his own productions and compositions, displaying a more personalized side to his abilities. Stringing together various contemporary strands of pop-infused techno and house and translating them into his very own stream of groove consciousness, his latest album Abaporu is out now.
Madrid born Henry Saiz creates a musical language that can be difficult to describe, but simple to enjoy. His standout remix of Guy J’s “Lamur” brought him his first “Essential New Tune” from BBC Radio 1’s Pete Tong, and in 2011 he was invited to mix his own CD compilation for the prestigious Balance series. His constant growth has enabled him to spread his music to new audiences and the award-winning DJ and producer is, without doubt, one of the brightest new talents on the global electronic music scene.
Irish native Chymera’s productions often fit comfortably in between house and techno, and range from deeper cuts to more dance floor focused tracks, all with a keen sense of melody which has become a trademark of his productions. His energetic live and DJ sets have brought him to all corners of the world to play in some of the most respected clubs and festivals.
Building a name based on his one-of-a-kind “groovy” progressive style, New York native James Gill has risen to play in some of his hometown’s biggest clubs alongside major international talent, and has championed his own headlining concept shows “ReInvented.” His unmistakable flow intoxicates crowds from the USA to Europe, and his production is supported by the likes of Nick Muir, Anthony Pappa, Airwave, Barry Jamieson, and many others.
October 10 Claptone / RÜFÜS DU SOL [live] / AFFKT / Hermitude
The anonymous Claptone dominated 2012 with the infectious track “Cream.” It became an immediate hit, topping new world charts on Beatport and Resident Advisor. Claptone’s sound is deep and woozy, pairing theater with tragedy, and feel good vibes with acute melancholia. This year has proven to be a whirlwind ride for the mystery man as he released smash hits like “Ghost” feat. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, and “United,” which rose to #1 on the Beatport deep house charts.
RÜFÜS DU SOL continues the North America leg of their tour to support the US release of their debut album, Atlas, which is already a #1 and certified gold record in their home country of Australia. Amongst a slew of talented Australian dance acts that are carving a name for themselves internationally, RÜFÜS DU SOL are holding their own and building a cult following with their live shows.
AFFKT is synonymous with electronic music, as one of the scenes most active regenerators of contemporary house music. With his first hit “Points” on Barraca Music, AFFKT stunned the world with the brave innovation, technical sensuality and control of different sound tempos. AFFKT displays a free and fascinating scope of influences, references, and styles that create an unexpected wave of sound energy on any dance floor.
Hermitude are an award-winning electronic production duo hailing from Sydney. Last year, their profile has exploded off the back of their Australian Music Prize-winning album HyperParadise. Hermitude have fast become one of Australia’s most in-demand touring acts and are set to make further inroads internationally.
October 11 Flying Circus: Audiofly / Maayan Nidam / Dance Spirit / Bedouin
Audiofly (made up of Anthony Middleton and Luca Saporito) brings the Flying Circus party series to Brooklyn. Their 2005 EP ‘Release Yourself’ caught many ears and the duo’s growing reputation as DJs propelled them to a new level. Fairly quickly, the pair’s groovy, melodic and undulating take on house music started to create a huge fan base in the press, in clubs, and in production, with uber-imprints Get Physical, Mood Music, Kickboxer and Renaissance calling on their talents.
Maayan Nidam quickly forged a musical path for herself through a rich spread of projects and releases, most notably rising to prominence under the names Miss Fitz and Laverne Radix before emerging under her own name. Maayan shapes sound to fit her own sensibilities, a strategy that has resulted in a significant and growing body of recorded work and a reputation as a talented, versatile DJ sure to take listeners on a ride.
Dance Spirit describes their partnership as a philosophy based on attaining subconscious perfection through rhythm, timbre, melody, and movement. The duo previously made their name under the moniker Android Cartel. Their latest EP ‘Insight’ is available now on Beatport.
Bedouin is Tamer Malki and Rami Deejay’s musical brainchild. The Brooklyn-based duo returns to Verboten after a summer of appearances across Europe and the US. Their debut EP ‘Mirage’ is available now on Beatport, and has been dubbed “brilliant” by Pete Tong.
October 16 Zeitgeist: Gorgon City / Henry Krinkle / Lazaro Casanova / Panic Bomber
Polished, powerful and party-minded, Gorgon City’s sound very quickly caught the attention of tastemakers such as Annie Mac, Diplo, Eats Everything and Mistajam. The pair (made up of Matt Robson-Scott and Kye Gibbon) is one of the most exciting acts in the ever-flourishing landscape of British club-savvy pop. Their 2014 smash hit “Ready For Your Love” pushed the pair to the forefront of the current UK music scene, peaking at number 2 on the UK dance charts. The song is featured on their debut album Sirens, which will be available worldwide on October 6.
Henry Krinkle found his calling perfecting the sounds of UK post-dubstep and future house with innovative flair, taking cues from artists like James Blake. Henry Krinkle is creating a new sound in modern electronic dance music.
Lazaro Casanova brings house music with a truly unique twist into his DJ sets, ranging from deeper groovy sounds to jackin’ Afrocuban rhythmic patterns. His productions have gathered fans not only on the dancefloor but in the industry itself, with notable constant support from the likes of Oscar G, Nic Fanciulli, Seth Troxler and many more. Casanova has proven his musical range to reach all crevices of dance music, as he has been welcomed into a broad range of record labels spanning from Nervous Records to Leftroom records.
Born in Glasgow, raised in Santa Barbara, developed in Miami, and transplanted to NYC, Panic Bomber has influences from all around the world. From these disparate geographic locations, the Panic Bomber sound has taken on many unique forms: as a solo underground producer, a late night deep house DJ, a live analog techno performer, and a five-piece band with horn section making indie dance; his curiosity is never satiated.
October 17 Tiga / Till Von Sein / Tom Flynn
Montreal born DJ/ producer and this month’s Mixmag cover artist Tiga has effectively worked the underground and the mainstream with his campy electro and stark techno. His 2003 take on Nelly’s “Hot in Herre,” released for the DJ Kicks compilation became a huge success. His latest release, the infectious track “Bugatti,” proves Tiga is here to stay.
Besides working as a booking agent for a number of infamous German acts, and running the Clique Bookings agency alongside Claudia Marquardt for the last 10 years, Till Von Sein is also a heavily acclaimed DJ and producer with releases on labels like Supplement Facts, Suol and Dirt Crew Recs, and remixes on Ministry of Sound, Plastic City and many others. A DJ set from Till Von Sein is soulful and pop-infused. One thing is for certain, he never lets the dance floor down.
Awarded the ‘Best Break Through Producer’ award by Pete Tong, England’s Tom Flynn is renowned as one of house music’s most respected forward thinking producers. An international DJ, producer, engineer and remixer, Tom has regularly graced the world’s biggest dance floors while gaining an army of support along the way. His DJ sets range through the spectrum of house, from deep to techno, and reflects itself in his productions and remixes.
October 18 Susanne Bartsch + Dreamhouse present KUNST!
Susanne Bartsch is New York City’s patron saint of transformation and inclusion. The parties she’s thrown for three decades—from Paris to Tokyo—have provided a venue for countless creative souls and “creatures” to express themselves, come together and forget the hum-drum of the everyday. Launching in 1987, her weekly parties became the place to see and be seen for a trendsetting group of New Yorkers and ushered in a new era in nightlife, one that mixed uptown and downtown, gay and straight, chic and street. Susanne has become notorious for the beautiful, strange, and outlandishly dressed people who flock to her events. The colorful crowds have followed her for 3 decades and still gather at her current weekly bashes in New York and special events around the world.
October 23 Zeitgeist: Bag Raiders
Bag Raiders are the combined talents of Jack Glass and Chris Stracey. Together, they produce the sparks of light, aural gems and sonic booms that make up one of the most sought-after duos on the planet. After dropping singles on Bang Gang 12s (Fun Punch, Turbo Love) and remixing the likes Cut Copy, Midnight
Juggernauts and Kid Sister, the two’s reputation internationally grew, and when they released a little ditty titled ‘Shooting Stars’ they reached every dangerous, dark and smoky corner of the world, making them a household name among in-the-know indie kids, the sweaty dance faithful and the DJs across the globe. Check out their recent remixes for BANKS, Kimbra and more here
October 24 Dusky [extended set] / Tom Trago / whiteowljaguar
London-based duo Dusky’s sound glides across genres effortlessly. After making a splash on the scene with their 2011 soul-drenched house anthem “Lost In You” feat. vocalist Janai, the pair’s debut album Stick By This was described as “an intoxicating album full of flashes of brilliance and innovation” by DJ Mag. Touching on ambient, dub, electronica and their organic take on house and techno, Dusky has quickly marked themselves out as producers with a uniquely broad appeal.
Tom Trago is an internationally renowned DJ, producer, live performer and label owner with three critically acclaimed albums to his name. His trademark style blends the best of three decades of dance music – disco, boogie, synth funk, Detroit techno and more – with insatiable house rhythms and an intrinsic grasp of what makes dancefloors tick.
Assembled in 2012, Tyler Vigil and Rebecca-Emma Kaplan (Dollpartz) blended their sounds to produce whiteowljaguar. Having ten years of DJ experience, Vigil uses his architectural mind to build sound, letting percussion lay his framework, while Dollpartz brings the electro-pop-culture influence of her time, paired with her taste for girly vocals and deep, dirty, hooting night owl bass, to blend the light and dark.
October 25 Subversions: Matthew Dear / Roman Flügel / Daniel Avery
Verboten is excited to present another edition of Subversions, Matthew Dear’s residency, with the concept of “performing with artists who inspire me by playing forward, body moving electronic music,” he states.
It didn’t take long for Matthew Dear to catapult himself into the front rank of micro house producers. Emerging in the early 2000s with a string of high-quality releases for Spectral Sound, Plus 8, and Perlon, Dear broke out in 2003 with the single “Dog Days.” He quickly found international success and juggled between monikers including Audien and Jabberjaw. After over a decade of exploring pop’s outer limits, Matthew Dear is no longer tied to any one genre, and is blessed with a bottomless well of creative energy.
Roman Flügel is one of the biggest names in the German electronic music scene, and the co-founder of the Ongaku/Klang/Playhouse labels. Active since the early 1990’s, Flügel is a chameleon dabbling in many styles from house to techno, electro and leftfield. He has seen success as a solo act as well as in collaboration with his long time partner Jorn Elling Wuttke. His latest solo project Happiness is Happening released on Dial Records, is available now on Beatport.
Daniel Avery may be known to clubbers around the world for his residency behind the decks at London institution fabric, but his rising craft as a producer is setting him apart. His 2013 debut album Drone Logic received a whirlwind of praise from media outlets such as Mixmag, who dubbed the album “mesmerizing.” Although rooted in house and techno, Avery’s vision of music has always free-floated between styles, which is reflected on his monthly Rinse FM radio show, proving him to be a creator of some of the most inventive and forward thinking electronic sounds emerging today.
October 26 Agoria / Maher Daniel / Matt McCue
Building his skills as a DJ early on by organizing his own parties with friends, the French musician Agoria has sharpened his distinct deep, stripped-back, melodic, techno tracks over the years. Listen to his mix for Boiler Room Brazil here
Many who have had the opportunity to see Maher Daniel perform come out praising the energy and intensity that he puts out with his DJ sets. Having played alongside some of the biggest DJs in the world such as Sasha, Ricardo Villalobos, Dubfire, Richie Hawtin and many more, he has graced the decks at some of the most upfront festivals such as The BPM Festival, Igloo Fest, Piknic Elektronik, and Creamfields. Check out his recent vinyl-only mix for Pulse Radio here
October 29 Zeitgeist: Klangkarussell [live debut]
Long time friends Tobias Rieser and Adrien Held join forces to create Klangkarussell. The pair took dance music by storm with their breakout single “Sonnentaz” which landed a spot on the top 10 in six countries. The track’s buzz paved the way for the success of their debut album Netzwerk, which peaked at number 2 on European charts. It’s safe to say the future looks bright for Klangkarusell, starting with their very first live show ever at Verboten.
October 30 Halloween Weekend | Devil’s Night: Classixx / Le Youth
Music comes naturally to L.A. duo Classixx, childhood friends who began recording together in 2007, united by their mutual appreciation for melody, punk rock, disco and French house. When Classixx hits the decks, there is a kinship between the songs they select and their own original works. Classixx excels at cutting sunny grooves, blithe melodies bred by the coast and coaxed out by the surf, creating a sound that is expertly crafted for road trips, pool parties and dance clubs.
Wes James aka Le Youth has a signature sound that lights up dance floors and radio stations around the globe. The leisurely grooves, airy synthesizers, and pop hooks of a song like his debut single “C O O L” can easily pull a listener back to the pre-millennial, pre-Internet days when dance music offered a transcendentally blissful brand of hedonism that’s considerably harder to find on today’s EDM landscape.
October 31 Halloween Weekend | All Hallow’s Eve: Lee Burridge / Monkey Safari / Christian Löffler / Bedouin
Lee Burridge’s illustrious DJ career has spanned at least three continents and seen him work alongside some of the England’s most revered DJ’s, and he’s been featured on DJ Mag’s Top 100 poll for 9 consecutive years. When asked what kind of music he plays, he usually doesn’t have an answer to have an answer but narrows it down: “The records that can’t really be described. Those are the ones that always interest me. Wonky, Wobbly, bassline driven, trippy, melodic, mean, nasty, gentle, deep, spacious, distant and rocking.Interesting not obvious.“
The brothers of Monkey Safari are real nightlife addicts and indeed lovers of club culture. As owners of the legendary Charles Bronson club and purveyors of labels like What!What! Records and Mambo, they are truly ambassadors of house and techno. Their sound merges different music genres and styles from all over the globe: sometimes soft and melodic, sometimes deep and conscious, but one thing is sure, the mood is always happy. Warning: The wave they’re riding is high grade and infectious, this is some serious monkey business!
The extraordinary capacities of Christian Löffler have kept eyes and ears closely following the fresh talent, as his deep and moving melancholic sound is absolutely irresistible. EPs like ‘Heights,’ ‘Raise’ and ‘Aspen,’ showcase his strategies in using acoustic material to make music, sampling different stringed instruments, percussion and atmospheres. For his debut album, A Forest, he enriched his sound collages by co-working with singers like Gry and Mohna, creating an album in the spirit of the enchanting woods of his home region. His highly acclaimed ‘Young Alaska’ EP is setting the stage for his second studio album to be released in winter 2014/15.
Bedouin is Tamer Malki and Rami Deejay’s musical brainchild. The Brooklyn-based duo returns to Verboten after a summer of appearances across Europe and the US. Their debut EP and spectacular introduction to their sound, ‘Mirage’ is available now on Beatport, and has been dubbed “brilliant” by Pete Tong.
November 1 Halloween Weekend / Day of the Dead: Gaiser [lve] / Matador [live] / Recondite [live]
Following a string of finely crafted Minus EPs (‘And Answer,’ ‘Neural Block’ and ‘Eye Contact’), Gaiser has become one of the most exciting and sought after producers of his generation. With an instinctive feel for the intricate mechanics of minimalist sound sculpture, his music contains the perfect balance between rhythmical energy and sonic finesse and nowhere is this more apparent than on his thunderous 2008 debut album Blank Fade. His highly anticipated new release, False Light, is out November 10 on Minus.
In the past four years Matador’s sounds have found a home on Perc Trax and Cocoon, plus most recently on Plus 8, where Richie Hawtin recently introduced the young Dubliner ahead of his first Minus event with his stellar remix of Bryan Zentz’s “D-Clash.” After that introductory taste, Matador first full EP for Minus, ‘Kingswing,’ explored the twisted but organic techno sound he’s best known for.
Recondite rapidly established his name after moving to Berlin and building up Plangent Records, grabbing the attention of of Scuba, who included “Backbone” in his DJ KiCKS mix and quickly put out two Recondite remixes on Hot Flush. On Acid, Recondite’s full-length debut, was delivered in 2012 via the sleek Los Angeles imprint Acid Test, garnering a great deal of positive feedback from the press and major producers alike. With a growing demand from international bookings, 2013’s Hinterland, out in on Ghostly International, continued his ongoing streak of carefully crafted output. Recondite’s new album, Iffy, is out on Innervisions in November; listen to the track “Duolo” here.