Weekend Shakedown: 24th - 26th March
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Us Londoners are pretty tough. With daily packed tubes, extortionate prices for pizza slices and whatever 'Bikram yoga' is, we have to be. But sometimes we just need to unwind and forget we're paying through the nose to be here. From celebrating the life of one of hip-hop's greatest ever lyricists to rediscovering the magic of David Mancuso's famous NYC Loft parties, let's ignore the rest of the world and make the most of our little London bubble this weekend.
Friday 24th March
The undisputed disco dons of London nightlife hark back to the house sound of Paradise Garage as the Baltimore-born, Sheffield-residing Maurice Fulton trades the steel city for the big smoke. Known for deep house cuts of the non-shuffle variety and for collaborations with Tanzania's Mim Suleiman, Fulton joins Rush Hour Records' stalwart San Proper, NTS selector Jon K and Orlando Boom's Kiwi for a taste of the east coast south of the river.
In a world of Hotline Blings, Minaj beefs and Kanye Trump endorsements, it's important to step back every now and then to remember the greats, and few come greater than A Tribe Called Quest's Phife Dawg. If you either didn't pay your dues at the time of his passing or you just want to honour a lost legend all over again, then thank The Doctor’s Orders who bring DJ Rasta Root (Phife's DJ) and MC Pranksta (Phife's Hypeman) to Brixton. Pay tribute to the Tribe and celebrate the life of Phife.
If listening to the sound of dystopian modern bass that makes you feel like you may have a panic attack is like, SO your jam, then look no further. Known for his crafting of avant-garde electronic landscapes and for, erm, failing to show up to gigs, the mysterious Actress tops the bill at Village Underground as part of the city's week-long Convergence Festival. LIES Records artist Randomer and actual Oscar nominee Mica Levi will also be on hand to provide the tunes - should Actress not make it.
Blowing up on the little known Turkish hip-hop scene, the newly formed 'Ragency' night from Istanbul's Sami Baha explores the more experimental edges to his unique brand of archaic electronica. Occupying the dance til-you-can't-dance-no-more void in the basement of Shoreditch's Ace Hotel expect a night of genre-spanning electronic chaos from some of the toughest cats in underground dance music. Come on, with a name like 'Ragency' what did you expect... Disney classics?
Saturday 25th March
If there was ever going to be a 'Peckham sound' outside of people shouting and the distant echo of sirens then Chaos In The CBD are it. Since moving to the UK several years ago, the CBD brothers have welcomed releases on Bradley Zero's Rhythm Section and a regular show on Balamii thanks to their jazz/electronic fusion. We're not entirely sure what the 'CBD' is but experience whatever chaos lies there at The Nest from the best New Zealand musical duo since Flight Of The Conchords.
It's not often you're given the opportunity to see a performer who's sold 30 million+ records for the price of a Nando's, but thanks to the gang at XOYO your dreams have come true. Joined by The 2 Bears and Ninja Tune's Seven Davis Jr, the 64-year-old Italo disco icon Cerrone brings his supernatural sound for a rare set of classic electronic cuts and techno from the deepest edges of the cosmos.
There are many things you can do in the dark. Make a cool den. Pretend you're back in the womb. Forget that the world is heading towards self-destruction. And of course Find Me In The Dark, the long-running club night who'll be bringing us a French double-header as labels Antinote and BFDM head to east London. Respectively renowned for their euphoric techno and modern day acid-house tinged electronica, the Antinote/BFDM family of Zaltan, D.K., Geena, J-Zbel and many more face off over two rooms of fun in the dark.
Paying homage to David Mancuso's world-renowned New York loft parties that ushered in a little known genre called disco back in the 70s, The Lucky Cloud Sound System return for their quarterly party to celebrate the life of a dance music godfather. Emulating Mancuso's NY parties in every detail, from a ceiling littered in helium balloons to a free buffet for peckish revellers, tickets are beyond rare so if you want to be there get hunting now.
Sunday 26th March
There are many things you can get away with in the UK capital that just wouldn't be possible elsewhere. One is riding a scooter when you're middle-aged and another is being consistently hungover every weekend until the age of 40. And a third is raving on a Sunday. Welcoming two of our favourite selectors Amsterdam-based Hunee and Sassy J take over the Sunday session at Phonox, spanning everything from disco and east-African funk to acid-house, techno, euphoric balearia and woodwind donk. OK, we made that last one up, but you never know.