Weekend Shakedowns: 12-14 January
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Come on, you're doing great. You've made it through the first few weeks of 2018 without cowering in your work's stationary cupboard for a little cry AND you're still telling yourself that this is the year where you finally get your shit together. But we all know that this is never going to last, so let's get back to business and commit to a chain of events that inevitably ends in you leaving a London club at 6am, smelling of sweat. Bring it on.
With a good chunk of January behind you and zero exercise done, come sweat it out in a 100-capacity basement with DJ Sports. An aerobics lesson this ain’t, DJ Sports was one of 2016’s brightest young stars, whose penchant for lo-fi sounds, flitters of old school rave and slo-mo, melodic techno has redefined dance-floors across the UK and beyond.
How long is it until it's Summer again? You’d be forgiven for thinking that all hope is lost for the next few months, but you’d be wrong, as bringing a much needed dose of colour and sunshine is Brixton’s Shabba crew. Armed with a hefty sound-system, record bags crammed full of exclusive dubplates, and a borderline obsessive knowledge of reggae, dub, roots and lovers rock, Shabba will be bringing the rum & reggae back to The Prince of Wales. Light it up.
Who wants to chart an interstellar flight through time and space? Well, you can’t, obviously, but perhaps the closest thing you can get to experiencing the beauty of the cosmos is through the music of Legowelt, the Dutch synthesiser wizard whose brand of house takes as much of its inspirations from sci-fi as it does techno’s Detroitian forefathers.
Berlin is one of Europe’s greatest cities, the only downside is that right now it’s colder than Nigel Farage’s relationship with his wife (and basically everybody else, to be honest). But within the walls of Corsica Studios, Berlin will be coming to us with Nick Höppner and nd_baumecker, the two Berghain and Ostgut Ton regulars who have provided German clubbers with their fix of tough techno for years. Now it’s our turn.
If you'd describe yourself as an enthusiast of cosmic jazz freakout then come celebrate 10 Years of Wormfood. The lineup reads like a who’s who of UK dance music with a colourful beat. The Comet Is Coming, Nubiyan Twist, The Turbans, Afriquoi, The Busy Twist ft. K.O.G. and many more will be spanning music from across the continents over two rooms and eight hours, taking over Electric Brixton for an evening of true eclecticism.
For over 30 years, Dimitri From Paris has been bringing funk, disco, soul and jazz to the masses, making dance-floors all the more funky in the process. His return to London will be yet another unifying dance music experience, so don’t sleep on it, tickets never last long for a night in Paris.
Próximo is the club night that prefers the rougher edges of electronic music, bringing old school jungle, hardcore, rave and the best of the acid-house era into the 21st century. R&S Records’ Lone and Planet Mu’s Konx-om-Pax will be stepping through The Victoria in Dalston alongside a secret guest from the Young Turks-affiliated label Whities. Go hard or go home, lads.
London’s staple nightlife connoisseurs, the long-running Secretsundaze duo of Giles Smith and James Priestley, are back for 2018, showcasing a seemingly endless amount of energy that doesn’t seem to be diluting with age, even after over 15 years of regular parties. This time the duo will be gracing us with their presence with an all-night-long set, delving into their shared record bag that's been nearly two decades in the making.