Claude VonStroke | Sat 22 Oct | Amusement 13 | From £12.50
Dirtybird label boss and DJ Mag’s no. 1 American selector fills the rooms of Amusement 13 with chunky beats and funky basslines. In 2006, he asked house fans, ‘Who’s Afraid of Detroit?’; three albums and countless singles later, VonStroke celebrated the ten-year anniversary of this iconic record with a series of remixes produced by the likes of Octave One and Mark Houle. Both a highly respected DJ and producer, VonStroke is joined by Marc Spence, Pete Graham, Brandon Ross and more. See our feature here.
Blackdot: Nina Kraviz + Bjarki | Fri 21 Oct | Rainbow | £20
Hailing from snowy Siberia, techno temptress Nina Kraviz has founded her own record label (трип – ‘trip’ in English), which was voted Mixmag’s 2015 record label of the year, headlined world-renowned festivals such as Coachella, Dekmantel and Amsterdam Dance Event, and she also hosts a monthly BBC Radio 1 residency show. The inimitable DJ is joined by Icelandic techno Trip signee Bjarki, Steevio & Suzybee, Lewis Oxley and more. See our feature here.
Tektu Thursdays | Thu 20 Oct | Rainbow | £6
After mystery special guest Crazy Cousins captivated clubbers two weeks ago at yet another sold out urban showcase, fortnightly student house, garage and techno night Tektu returns to the Blackbox and to its roots with a lineup spearheaded by the brand’s first ever resident selectors. As ever, beers and mixers are £2.50 and bottles of wine are just £10, making this a rave that doesn’t hurt your pocket.
Butterz Showcase | Fri 21 Oct | Amusement 13 | From £10
Founded by Elijah and Skilliam, London-based label Butterz pioneered the style known as instrumental grime, pushing what is often thought of as merely the backdrop for aggressively delivered bars to the forefront of whole pieces of music. In the spirit of the Wiz Khalifa song, all of Butterz’ promotional material is in black and yellow, but expect no such pop sensibilities in the music produced by this label’s artists, who continue to uncompromisingly recreate the sound of the streets with breakbeats and menacing synthesisers.
Vice is Nice: François K | Sat 22 Oct | Rainbow | From £10
Studio 54 and Paradise Garage stalwart François K is widely considered to be one of the forefathers of contemporary house music. DJing through three decades of soulful house, techno and dub, this living legend has seen it all and this Saturday is set to show off some of the tricks he’s learnt along the way.
Published on: Sat 1 Oct 2016