Hidden hosts Young Marco and DJ Sprinkles all night long on Friday 7 February. The Amsterdam-based Young Marco has won acclaim for his killer eclectic-techno live sets, electronic releases (e.g. the recent Bahasa LP), masterful remixes (e.g. Eddy C, Francis Bebey) and the records he champions from his own Safe Trip label. Meanwhile, the US-born, Japan-based DJ Sprinkles is known for superb house mixes, such as his 2018 split with Hardrock Striker, Skylax House Explosion (Skylax). The combination of the pair at Hidden should be memorable indeed.
The last time I Love Acid came to Gorilla it was a jam-packed, sold-out evening with Luke Vibert, Ceephax and DMX Krew. For the next edition, the I Love Acid team have promised a very special follow up, featuring special acid house sets from the legendary Leftfield and Drumcode’s Boxia. The line up also includes a full live show from Altern 8, whose boiler-suits and masks will be complemented by an MC and dance performers. Plus, a b2b from I Love Acid’s residents Posthuman and Hacienda resident Jon Dasilva sees the night off.
This fantastic line up at Soup brings together Minor Science, Oli XL and local legend Izzy Bolt. Minor Science has demanded attention since his debut EP on The Trilogy Tapes and has gone on to release acclaimed tracks on Whities; his masterful combination of dance music genres with a forward-thinking spin has made him a stand-out contemporary producer. Oli XL has been making waves since releasing his debut LP — Rouge Intruder, Soul Enhancer — which emerged from his own Bloom Imprint last summer. Finally, the multi-disciplinary artist Izzy Bolt crosses the boundary of digital art and electronic music, known for her expert visuals at The Warehouse Project and other high-profile club nights, as well as at Manchester’s own VAM, Drift_MCR and Limbo Radio.
Manchester/Berlin label Failed Units have announced their next event at Soup Kitchen and it’s a big’un, headlined by special guest Breakwave. Breakwave is renowned for the unmissable shows coming from her NTS residency and for heading the Meine Nacht label and the associated parties over in Liverpool. Also on the bill are Berlin’s smog, fresh off the back of their heavy breakcore EP released on the Failed Units label. Finally, there’ll be sets from the Failed Units founders, Daniel Ruane and Carne. Not to be missed.
The White Hotel welcomes Lena Willikens and Vladimir Ivkovic to take over a Friday night in February. Both of these producers — who often tour together — are alumni of Düsseldorf’s Salon des Amateurs, known as a centre of forward-thinking DJs. Nowadays, Willikens is based in Amsterdam, running NTS’s Lightning Conductor series and is rightly acclaimed for her string of excellent remix releases (Lena Platonos, Simian Mobile Disco, Ana Helder, and more). Ivkovic’s innovative approach to the decks has won him fans on his extensive worldwide tours; experimenting with playing records at different speeds, Ivkovic contorts known tracks into something with a completely different feel. Always great to see the interplay between these two producers when they share a bill, this night at the White Hotel is the perfect opportunity to catch both of them at the height of their powers.
This Warped night at Hidden is headlined by Assembler Code, whose eclectic influences can be traced on his latest EP, Write Pulse (Cultivated Electronics, 2020). Assembler Code has a history of forward-thinking tracks released across numerous imprints (International Chrome, Unknown to the Unknown) since his debut collab with Jensen Interceptor on Boysnoize in 2017. Next up is 96 Back, a promising newcomer based on his first three releases on electro powerhouse label, Central Processing Unit — most recently 2019’s Issuel in Surreal. Local head Tom2trax (Alltrax) opens the night, while Warped residents Conciergeuk and Høleigh play b2b to see the night out, promising high endorphins and 140bpm techno.
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