Weekend Shakedowns: 13 - 15 Jan
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How are those New Year's Resolutions going then, eh? How many times have you been to the gym, twice maybe? Is it a 'New Year, New You' or have you already began reverting back into the booze-soaked, Netflix-binger you were before? Hey, we're not judging, we've done exactly the same. So break your New Year promises in style with our picks for the weekend.
Friday 13th January
As one of electronic music's most inimitable and diverse characters, DJ Sprinkles returns to London to give your January blues a real kicking with a Tessellate takeover at Corsica Studios. Joined by techno don Tasker and an all night set from a very 'Special Guest' - we've been promised they're not one to miss - don't waste what little money you have left this month on gym memberships that you'll never use, head here for a proper workout instead.
As part of Bradley Zero's Rhythm Section collective Dan Kye heads to The Camden Assembly for one of his biggest shows to date. Known for jazzed out house music and hip-hop inspired lounge beats Dan Kye is joined by up-and-coming talent K15 and the worldwide stylings of the Stamp The Wax crew in support.
If you're looking for a real January sale then the Kartel crew have you covered. Celebrating four years of trailblazing electronica Kartel celebrate their 4th birthday with Hyperdub's TSVI, The Busy Twist and a host of their nearest and dearest. Promising to 'pull out all the stops' expect forward-thinking electronica, kwaito and tropical, worldwide sounds.
If you don't know your breakdancing from your breakbeat or think Big Daddy Kane is a character in Sesame Street then get yourself educated with a lesson in the history of hip-hop. Featuring some of London's top spinners with CWD, Russ Ryan, Mo Fingaz and Ralphonze 90 on command of the ones and twos, expect decade spanning hip-hop from Grandmaster Flash, to Kanye West.
Saturday 14th January
Ahh fabric, it's like it never went away isn't it? Even though we have to put ourselves through entry searches more stringent than Gatwick Airport to enter the club it's nice to have it back. This weekend we see Bristol's house-maestro Eats Everything return to the Clerkenwell rave haven alongside tougher than nails techno duo Slam, and ex-Phonox resident Jasper James.
In amongst the 30-something #onbrand mums and fashionably grey dads sits a little bar called Haunt, a place which hides one of London's best kept secrets in its basement. Kitted out with a brand new premium soundsystem this weekend, the Haunt basement plays host to Digital Tsunami, a relatively new name but one that's no less inexperienced than the rest when it comes to tunnelling techno. Expect it to be tough.
East End party collective Snap, Crackle & Pop kick off their series of events for 2017 with a rare live performance from Montreal's Marie Davidson in The Waiting Room's rave bunker. Known for warped techno-influenced pop Marie will be joined by NTS Radio's Elena Colombi and the SCP residents. Tickets are running super low, so be hasty.
Everyone's favourite East End theatre/youth centre/rave space The Yard kick off their stellar series of events for 2017 with a return to London by Germany's Lowtec. Just as likely to play jazz and ambient as any of his house smashes that take centre stage on his Workshop label, expect the unexpected... whatever that means.