I have asked my mate Bron to give us a round-up of what’s going on in Berlin each week. Allowing us all to machen die Party. I’m not very techno-techno-techno – but Berlin is, and so is your mate Bron. Each event is either highlighted with a:
Bron loves it! – more electronic, than not.
Lucy loves it! – more indie boy band/ pop vibes/ not techno.
Everyone loves it! – 2.5 words: shit’s ACE.
We have moved What’s Up Weekend to Thursday, as all this weekend disco really puts us on the back foot for a Wednesday deadline. So here are your go-to’s for the week ahead.
**DISCLAIMER: these aren’t the only discos that are going on – they are just the ones that stand out.
STATTBAD – Bron loves it!
Taking to the abandoned pool glory of Wedding’s Stattbad this Freitag is X-Mix #2 – the second installment of !K7’s tribute to their AV compilations of yesteryear. Kicking off in 1993 and continuing on throughout the 90s, the Berlin stalwart released a series of compilations – X Mix – which paired techno mixes from names like Laurent Garnier, Richie Hawtin, Dave Clarke and John Acquaviva with a stream of computer animated video. 20 years since their first release, they’re inviting YOU into the rave cave with a video installment mixed live by art-collective Pussykrew alongside a handful of musical drawcards. Round 2 hosts Dave Clarke (who’s contribution to the series was released in 1996), Fiedel, Objekt and Marius Reisser – reason to leave the house even before you add epic visuals. Footage from last month’s event, can be seen over here.
***AND: WIN TICKETS***
Oh hihi! We’ve got 1×2 guest list to give away to X-Mix 2 – so scroll down to the comments section below and tell us:
What was something interesting about 1993? (Other than the release of the first X-Mix, obvs.)
Eg. In Australia, Meatloaf’s “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)” was the highest selling single of the year. Oh, yup.
** You have until 4pm (16:00) Freitag to enter.
ARENA CLUB – Bron loves it!
There are a handful of super gut reasons I’m excited about heading to Arena Club this Friday. 1 – It’s a Dystopian party, and these Berliners have a good party making track record. 2 – Rødhåd – Dystopian co-founder, who I was lucky enough to catch recently killing it at the RA x ADE party at Amsterdam’s Trouw and who were were all treated to, here. 3 – Recondite – fresh off the release of new album Hinterland, doing his thang, live. 4 – rising techno young guns – Ostgut Ton’s Kobosil & Dystopian’s own Alex.Do. AND 5 – the chance to shake things up and get to Arena – variety peeps. It’s an ideal techno smorgasboard – SOLD.
BOHNEN GOLD – Bron loves it!
In a jam-packed Freitag, our more intimate s/o goes to Bass Cadet Records – who will be moving beyond their Weserst. walls for an out-store partay at Bohnen Gold. Keeping it cosy, will be Leipzig’s Leibniz (who I first developed a little thing for via this, and who has since put out this), Berliner and all-round nice guy Palms Trax (get around his Equation EP) and BCR’s own Arcarsenal. And while this is another venue I’m yet to grace (I need to pick up my game!), I’m told it’s small-ish but still has good room to move (if throwing shapes if your vibe). Oh and this is FREI. Get all over that.
WHITE TRASH FAST FOOD – Everybody loves it!
On the other end of the musical scale (ie. not house and techno) sits Demons Galore – the indie/punk/rock/hip hop/pop/ night of anything goes musical mayhem in Prenzlauer Berg. Word is it’ll be a mainly indie rock kinda affair, yet with ample space for whatever genre-defying classic you might have (sadly) forgotten. Run DMC – ja, bitte. Blondie – I bloody hope so. We asked Demons Galore what a first timer could expect this Freitag, and got “a fucking good time. Guaranteed”. I’d take that. Requests are welcomed (as is woohoo-ing and high fiving). Let your hair down.
Also worth checking out:
CHESTERS – Bron loves it!
Continuing on a streak of recent deal sealers, we’d suggest returning to Glogauer Str. 2 this Samstag for a party hosted by Janus and starring Teengirl Fantasy. If their recent mix for Dummy is anything to go by, we can expect all sorts of everything from the American duo (perhaps beyond their familiar synthy pop/house blend) including plenty from their new EP out next week, Nun (streaming over on Pitchfork Advance). Joined by fellow American Physical Therapy – who has just released his Yes, I’m Elastic EP. This is your pick if you like things snug and musically gemischt.
Also worth checking out:
KANTINE AM BERGHAIN – Everybody loves it!
Sweet sweet songstress Jessy Lanza is in town, and playing Berghain’s Kantine this Dienstag. We’re excited. Of all the things we could do with more of on a mid-week eve, it’s quite possibly sultriness – let the great lady sort you out. Unacquainted with Jessy? Wrap your ears around the divine Pull My Hair Back, released earlier this year on Hyperdub. She’s joining NY duo Tempers, who I know less about, but can get around with their slightly darker pop vibe. Soothe soothe soothe us softly.
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