Weekly Gig Guide: 20-26 November
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Ah, the last full week of November. The perfect time for relentless discussions on Thanksgiving's colonialist undertones, Black Friday, John Lewis Christmas adverts, and your friends' relationship statuses. Need a break from all the madness? Wind down with a hand-picked gig or ten. After all, music is the only therapy.
You wouldn't think a Glaswegian electronic duo would be singing stylish af Euro disco tunes in French, but never doubt the duality of the Scottish. After meeting in high school, the pair started messing around with ideas for music which transpired as synth-laden grooves layered with slick vocals. Happy Meals are ready to take the stage on their home turf with a special headline show at Corsica Studios. Wear black. Look cool. Done.
Danish producer and songwriter Anders Rhedin - aka Dinner - is eccentric, to say the least. His music lies somewhere between New Order and Ariel Pink, but his stage persona is something straight out of a NYC underground club. Since relocating to LA he's been making woozy synth-pop tunes about his new lease of life, and something tells us the Moth Club's shimmery gold setting is gonna be just right.
If Party Grime was a genre, Yungen would be the king of the crop. Gaining fame off the back of his beef with Chip, he made a name for himself with less-traditional grime beats and bars so hard that they could snap your neck. This year he's been keeping everyone on their toes with bangers like 'Bestie' and 'You Don't Know Me Like That'. If you're looking for a turn-up this Tuesday, look no further.
Canada has blessed us with many things: maple syrup, poutine, Celine Dion... you know, all the finer things in life. Well, they've pulled through for us again, this time with boppy indie rock four-piece Wolf Parade. After a seven-year hiatus, 2017 saw the band surprise-announce a banging new record and a host of live dates. We don't mean to be dramatic, but these guys love to ghost us, so count your blessings while you can and catch 'em live at The Forum.
If you like your dance music a bit more melodic than pumping techno, follow us this way. Heading up the Made of Matter residency at Electrowerkz is Otzeki, a London-based electronic duo that have got their melodies just as sharp as their beats. For this special show, they'll be putting together a visceral stage set-up that'll reflect the way humans interact with each other as pieces of matter. Sound intriguing? You better get down, then.
Marika Hackman seems to be going from strength to strength - after a huge year of signing to Sub Pop, releasing a critically acclaimed album in 'I'm Not Your Man', and touring the world, she's heading back home to play her biggest headline show yet. Her brand of brooding, melancholic folk will be sure to grip you - so buckle in and prepare for an hour and a half of pure, unadulterated #feelings. Don't say we didn't warn you.
Besides all of the political turmoil, environmental disaster, and social chaos that this year has brought, 2017 has given us something wonderful in the form of Only Girl. The South London singer-songwriter has been making waves since releasing soulful pop-bop 'Feel It' in 2014, but this year has really seen her take off with the release of her EP of the same name. If you fancy seeing an emotionally-charged pop show, then find your way to Soho this Thursday.
It's no secret that we love moody R&B tunes - anything that sounds forward-thinking but melancholic as hell is totally our jam. Tsar B fits perfectly into this box - the Belgian-born singer and producer blends R&B vocals with slick electronic production and otherworldly sounds to create tracks perfect for headphone listening and slut dropping in the club alike. Catch her slingin' her huge tune 'Escalate' in Hoxton this Friday.
All the cool kids are flocking to Berlin, and even though London is the best city in the world, we don't blame them for chasing industrial krautrock and techno. Luckily for you, Germany is coming to Dalston with iconic krautrockers Faust heading up a three-night residency at Cafe OTO, where you can watch them shred, press, bang, and everything in between. If you're into weird post-punk leanings and Kraftwerk-style synths, this one's for you.