Three maverick DJs converge on Oval Space—we have no idea how this night will unfold musically, but we’re sure it’ll be great.
Three of DIY dance music’s truly esoteric talents meet at Oval Space on 27th January: L.I.E.S boss Ron Morelli, Sex Tags head honcho DJ Sotofett, and richly talented house music veteran Maurice Fulton.
Now based in Paris, Brooklyn-born Ron Morelli has played a key role in the renaissance of his home city’s house and techno community. Exploding onto the scene in 2010 – then crowned Resident Advisor’s label of the year only 24 months later – Morelli’s L.I.E.S label conquered the world based out of his Long Island apartment, a one-man operation whose singular, grainy, rough’n’tough electronic vision forged the blueprint for the current crop of lo-fi pretenders to the L.I.E.S throne. Six years later, L.I.E.S. is New York’s pre-eminent electronic label, responsible for modern classics from the likes of Legowelt, Delroy Edwards and Terekke; and Morelli, though expatriated from his beloved East Coast city, remains acutely entwined with New York’s burgeoning electronic culture.
He’s joined by Sex Tags founder and deeper-than-deep digger DJ Sotofett, who will be playing a special techno set on the night. Never dull, prosaic or predictable, the Nordic wizard regularly tears the roof off clubs in Europe and beyond, with a record collection that starts at classic house, then stretches endlessly in all directions. Equally capable of rocking a Helsinki Pizza Bar with Finnish jazz records, inspiring near-complete nakedness in frenzied UK crowds, and dropping – and pulling off – a winking 80s pop record amongst exquisite vinyl obscurities, there’s a purity and unpredictability to Sotofett’s marathon sets which make him a scintillating DJing presence. Sotofett is more than just a special DJ, however. His Sex Tags Mania and offshoots are some of dance music’s most prolific labels, and many of the their finest releases come from the man himself, with a sound that infuses house and techno with elements of acid, freeform jazz, balearic and old-skool jungle.