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How the hell can it be near the middle of March already? As I type this I am sat at my desk facing out the window, basking in the sunshine like a much less productive and successful Oscar Wilde. Don’t get me wrong I’m a fan of sunshine, even if I do sweat continuously from April until September like a really moist hibernation, but as I teeter ever closer to my quarter-life crisis I do begin to worry.
So here I am hitting the middle of the month business for the city, owing to the fact there's so much to cram into a short space. Realising how frustrating festival clashes can be, I thought I would prepare you early for the inevitable disappointment by offering you the choice of four nights on Friday 14th. Firstly, there’s Yousef, Laurent Garnier and Steve Lawler playing at Egg London for the next installment of Circus.
Not your thing? Well Numbers co-founder Spencer will be playing at The Horse and Groom alongside Holmes Price. Not interested? Wow, tough crowd. How about Scuba, Recondite and Dense & Pika for a Hotflush Recordings night at Studio Spaces, Wapping? NO?
Ok, lifeline time now. The Idiots Are Winning will be welcoming the guys from Electric Elephant festival down for their London launch party featuring Bill Brewster, Luke Unabomber and Chris Duckenfield. And did you know you can also buy tickets for Electric Elephant through this very site at this nifty weblink? How convenient.
If none of those nights appeal to you then I will quite happily give up listening to music straight away and reside to the woods to live amongst the bears and shrubbery. However if you intend on ‘having it large’ or something on the Friday and, like me, need a full day of rest to feel relatively normal again then you’re in luck.
From 12pm to 1am on Sunday March 16th Village Underground will play host to an Ostgut Ton showcase, welcoming an impressive line-up of doof that consists of Ben Klock, Marcel Fengler (check his still sublime 'Shiraz' on the label above), Fiedel and Boris. Sunday dinners not provided, which is probably wise considering the effect high grade house and techno might have on your digestive system.
On March 21st ‘the world’s best venue that’s located underneath a pizza place called Voodoo Ray’s’ (Dance Tunnel) will play host to Prescription Records’ Chez Damier. A stalwart figurehead in house music since the 80s, Chez will return to London to demonstrate what has kept him in the game for so long. Not that he has to of course.
While we’re on the subject of Voodoo Ray, the following night Krankbrother will return to another secret, TBA warehouse location, welcoming Manchester’s acid house pioneer A Guy Called Gerald, Lee Burridge and FCL’s San Soda. It truly is a weekend to celebrate the legends amongst us, as on the same evening Sven Väth will bring Cocoon back to London. For his latest outing Papa Sven has brought along a few of his friends who just so happen to be Tim Green, Timo Maas, Anja Schneider and Ralf Kollmann for the March 22nd event at Building Six. If only I had friends like that.
It’s not everyday that your favourite new producer joins forces with your favourite producer of all time, is it? Well for me it’s happening, and I couldn’t be happier. Bugged Out! will yet again welcome a B2B set from Andrew Weatherall and Daniel Avery, with support from Phantasy’s Ghost Culture and impressively mustachioed Justin Robertson on Friday 28th March. Simply put, I couldn’t think of a better end to the month.
Whether it’s the overwhelming campness of the genre or the fact that it is the perfect soundtrack to your pre-night out slightly drunk lone dancing, I’m a huge disco fan. I know it’s the current ‘in’ thing as every producer tries desperately to recreate an infamous Nile Rodgers guitar riff, but for this months golden ticket Greg Wilson will take you on a three hour road trip through the streets of 70s New York… metaphorically speaking of course.
This time Egg London and Kurv will play host to the pivotal British DJ alongside Addison Groove and Hotflush’s South London Ordnance on March 28th. Disclaimer: If you expect to hear ‘Get Lucky’, reassess your life. You can enjoy Greg WIlson breaking down his legendary 2009 Essential Mix into unmixed format above.
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