From running warehouse raves to his tracks being played on Radio 1, Alexis Raphael is the epitome of a modern DJ. Alexis’s love of electronic music ignited in the early 90s as he immersed himself in the heyday of London rave culture. Countless hours on the dancefloor were his apprenticeship as a DJ, giving him a clubber’s view of how music can move a crowd, what works, and what stirs the soul.
Penny Drop // FREE // Moustache Bar // Friday 14th December
This will be our last strike for 2012 before going into winter hibernation. We’re ready to take a well-earned seasonal break but before we do we want to feed up on as many high calorie beats and bass lines as we can to keep us going through the winter.
We return to the Moustache Bar
http://moustachebar.com/ where the unique décor creates a precious and charming subterranean space. It may be one of Dalston’s not-so-well-kept secrets but we love its roughshod atmoshpere, making it the perfect choice for another intimate basement jam.
Expect only the best underground Deep, Tech and Straight up House grooves.
// ROGER PORTERFIELD //
Hailing from London’s Leafy suburbs Roger Porterfield earned himself a prolific knowledge of musical theory and composition from a very early age, and it was his ongoing hunt for new and unique sounds at the ripe age of 15 that naturally led him to discover (and begin experimenting with) electronic music. Early inspirations, favoured for their technical prowess included James Zabiela, Rik Parkinson, Tiga and Carl Cox to name a few. His love for dance music developed into a passion for all styles but in particular deep drum & bass; leading to a move to Bristol for a string of gigs and his own night (Champu). Now back in his home town and returning to his roots; Roger Porterfield focuses his musical efforts on the groovy/deeper side of house and techno music, with a vault of technically flawless productions under his belt, expect to see him rocking the Moustache Bar.
// STEWART READ // London based purveyor of futuristic Deep and Tech grooves.
// FILTHY FRENCH // The Parisian born DJ Duo that eat beats for breakfast.
// DEF BOND // Parisian Tech / Electro Supremo and monthly resident DJ on FrenchDJRadio.com.
On The Real is one of London’s most popular parties and this line up for our xmas knees up is sure to prove another road block!
For the best basement party in town we have Kiss Fm’s very own Shortee Blitz & DJ MK, the man both Dizzee Rascal & Roots Manuva choose to have manning their decks, spinning all manor of Hip-Hop bangers old & new as we see the year out with a bang. They will be going back to back on 4 decks for a solid 3 hour set! They’re joined by the one and only Chris P Cuts, who as ever will be setting you up for another great night!
If this was not enough for you we also have a host of the best DJs in London including Spin Doctor, Mr Thing, Disorda & Johnny Roast all spinning 45’s only in the second room. Expect an brilliant blend of classic soul, disco, reggae & Hip-Hop so give yaself an early chrimbo pressie and join us.
The mighty Skream returns to The Nest alongside partner in crime Die for a night of festive mayhem.
Trust us when we say this is going to be huge.
Mosca’s tracks are primarily built to power dance floors, but they are also deceptively sophisticated. As both a DJ and a producer, the London-based artist draws influences from dancehall, grime, bassline, UK garage, funky, hiphop and all types of underground deep, soulful techy house, as well as dabbling in techno, world beats and RnB. But having played straight sets of house, bashment or grime, Mosca is no stranger to perfecting a certain sound.
In an age of celebrity DJs there is something uniquely compelling about genuine anonymity – about those that would rather their music do the talking than their PR agency. Despite being widely regarded as one of the leading lights in contemporary house and techno the mystery of Kassem Mosse endures, largely due to his music.
With seminal releases on labels like Workshop, Non Plus and Mikrodisko he has carved a unique niche. Developing a sound that somehow manages to be both sonically cohesive and structurally divergent with tracks that vary between slow-mo, bleary-eyed sludge-fests to wiry, jacked-up workouts and back again, often on the same slab of wax. In 10 years when people look back at this period there is no doubt that he will be one of a handful of producers whose work defines it.
And while we love his records, this live set he’s been doing is something else. With its focus on hardware this is ‘live’ in the truest sense – raw, on the edge of control and different every time. The low-slung tempo and polyrhythms are tribal in the sense that they make us want to take our shirts off and stomp around a bonfire all night. And ultimately isn’t that what this is all about?
Playing alongside Kassem on the night will be one of the underground’s most respected selectors – DJ Deep. Having started his career working alongside Laurent Garnier in Paris in the early 90s, Deep has steadily built a reputation as one of the world’s most consistent, forward thinking DJs. With a focus on quality, as opposed to restrictive genre definitions, Deep is known for his superb taste and dedication to playing only the very best in house and techno from across the decades. Whether that’s a ‘hot off the press’ techno white label from Berlin, a forgotten Detroit classic from the mid-90s or the latest release on his hugely respected Deeply Rooted label the man has got them in his bag. We’ll be giving Deep three hours to close the night with some of the most righteous house and techno you’re ever likely to hear.
Support on the night will come from Make Me residents Rubin, Rupert and Nic Baird – pulling together a unique selection of the deepest in deep house from the farthest reaches of their record collections.
Do not miss it!
Meadows in the Mountains present..
Death On The Balcony (Culprit | Airdrop | Pets | Akbal | SIlver Network)
Mirko Hecktor (Knuggles Rec | Dontstop Rec)
SPL, Mixmag, Mixmag Live
2012 has been a vintage year for Solomun. The Hamburg DJ has risen to prominence because of his spellbinding deep house sets and the talent he has brought together on his record label, Diynamic.
We’ve named him our DJ Of The Year and he’ll be proving why at Mixmag Live on Friday December 14. From Berlin to Ibiza, Brazil to Brcelona, Solomun has mesmerised crowds with his warm, funky, highly melodic and totally euphoric sound.
A respected underground producer for a number of years, his recent, stratospheric rise in popularity kicked off last summer with his incendiary remixes of ‘Around’ by Noir & Haze and ‘Corporate Butcher’ by Tiefschwarz. Then when he and the Diynamic crew destroyed our party at Studio 80 during Amsterdam Dance Event 2011, we knew he was set for world domination.
This year he’s turned in a stunning mix CD for Watergate, released the dancefloor smashing ‘Kackvogel’, completed a legendary season at Sankeys Ibiza, sold-out two nights at Amsterdam Dance Event 2012 and made the cover of Mixmag. What more do you need to know? Solomun is the new vanguard for high quality house music. He’ll be rounding off the year in fine style. Support comes from Karmon, a bright young talent currently being nurtured by Solomun’s Diynamic stable as well as rising deep house stars The Mekanism and James Pople. Get your ticket booked now.
2012 has also been an amazing year for the Meadows in the Mountains Festival crew from Bulgaria who will be hosting Lightbox and inviting some of their residents to join guests, Death on the Balcony.
Those attending Mixmag Live will receive a copy of the Solomun issue of Mixmag as well as his incredible cover mix CD.