January has traditionally been a time when clubland slows down for a while – people detox for a month and try to recover from the financial woes of Christmas and NYE, always a big night in any clubber’s calendar.
But what started with the great and the good of dance music heading off to Oz every January to enjoy their summer (even Weatherall’s doing a mini tour this year) seems to have filtered down to the colder parts of the world, with great DJs being booked (presumably at decent rates) to tempt clubbers to shun their virtuous New Year’s resolutions. And that trend’s definitely in effect this year, so that’s why we’re putting together this seasonal Top 10 – these are the best reasons to get messy this January. Detox? Save it until February, it’s a much shorter month…
1) Back To Back
Friday the 13th could never be unlucky with Andy Blake of World Unknown in the rave basement and our favourite London house crew the Legendary Children upstairs in the Dalston Superstore. Werk!
2) The Nest presents Rustie, Melé, Stripes, TOYC, Tricity and Anneka
If you’d rather get big and bassy, then get on over to The Nest instead, for an intimate audience with Warp’s synth-man Rustie, who’s joined by a line-up of his fellow bass-loving, speaker thumping friends.
3) Superfreq at fabric with Mr C and Konrad Black
Then on Saturday 14th January there’s Mr C bringing his own brand of tech house brilliance to fabric, alongside Konrad Black and Luke VB & Tim Red. Sadly Adultnapper’s had to cancel due to family issues, but there’s still plenty to enjoy – Room 2’s also looking ACE, with Terry Francis hosting Sandwell District and Ostgut Ton’s Barker & Baumecker (LIVE). Plus Air London with Alex Celler, Anthea and Burnski in Room 3. Top stuff…
4)Paris Acid Ball with Ms Honey Dijon and the Shed Radio Launch
If you want a more intimate and house Saturday, its back to the Superstore you have to come! The Paris Acid Ball keeps bringing back that vogue ball NYC style, this time with added Chi-town flavour as Ms Honey comes all the way from the States for a serious shindig, alongside residents Dan Beaumont, DJ Squeaky and Hannah Holland. PLUS Shed Radio launches upstairs with Mark Moore and Danny Rampling playing from 12-2am, amongst a host of other fine local talent.
5) Scandal with DJ Qu and friends
Next on Friday 20th January, there’s some more deep house brilliance from DJ QU, an East Coast US don of serious proportions, who’s rocking Dalston’s Junction Rooms with local DJs Soho (Phonica), Greg Brockmann (of Half Baked Sunday party infamy) and Camille Hooz too. Serious!
6) XOYO Versus: Ms Dynamite Presents…
Then on Fri 27th, XOYO launches it’s new Versus Friday nights, which bring bass-fuelled nights to the club each week. Plus once a month the Presents off-shoot will see a big name (this time UK bass starlet Ms Dynamite) take over the club for an evening with the performers of their choice. She’s got Shy FX, Doorly and Yasmin in the place, plus the amazing Stamina MC. Go on, you know you loved LK…
7) Mister Saturday Night in London
One of the best parties to come out of NYC recently (and specifically Brooklyn lofts, not glam Manhattan clubs) finally comes to London – and on a Friday night too, despite its name. Plastic People’s dark rave-den will be filled with everything from disco to house (and a good bit in-between). Essential.
8) Legendary Children presents To The Bone
Next on Saturday 28th it’s those Legendary Children again, who host their first party of 2012 at their regular lair, Vogue Fabrics, with the aid of Charlie and Dave from To The Bone. Their houser-than-house podcasts and parties are always a highlight for underground music lovers in London, so when we heard they were hooking up with the LCs (our fave promoters of 2011) we knew we had to big this one up. Enjoy!
9) Chez Damier plays at Simmer
It’s always great when a legend comes to town… and that’s just what’s happening here, as the man behind 90s house gems like Sometimes I Feel Like, The Choice, Be My and of course Morning Factory (with Ron Trent on Prescription) comes to Shoreditch’s best new club of 2011, Basing House. Get ready to werk!
10) mulletover January Sale 2012
mulletover always do a special January session to get all their fans back on the floor, so this party with Michael Mayer and Joy Orbison has to be an essential for those who want to get a bit techier on the last Saturday of the month. Cutting-edge sounds for a crowd who really like to party…