Simian Mobile Disco, Bicep, Justin Strauss, L-Vis 1990, & More Bring the Perfect Party to INPUT!
If you’re a big fan of live music, I’m sure that you know this feeling. You hear that a show involving some of your favorite artists has been announced in your local city, and you ask a friend, or go to Facebook, to see more details about this party. Your eyes slowly preen across the screen and read the venue, or you listen to your friend listing all the artists coming to town. But as you tick off each name in your head, your eyes grow a little bit bigger. Not only are some of your favorite artists headlining, but they’re the mid-card and the under-card! That back room where you go to chill out? That room is stacked with names you’ve paid $30 before to see headline! The venue is one of your favorites. All in all, it harbors the essence of the perfect party. This Thursday, INPUT together with party starters FIXED brings us a lineup worthy of this title: Simian Mobile Disco, Bicep, Daniel Avery, JDH & Dave P with Justin Strauss and L-Vis 1990 in the Panther Room.
I hope Simian Mobile Disco needs no introduction, but let me help you out if you need one. Simian Mobile Disco are an English electronic music duo and production team from London, formed in 2005 by James Ford and Jas Shaw of the electronic rock band Simian. They’re particularly known for their analogue production, but they are also well versed producers and engineers on their own, and have worked with well-known artists such as Florence and the Machine, Peaches, Arctic Monkeys and Klaxons. The track above, Simian Mobile Disco & Roman Flügel – “Hachinoko,” is collaboration from their Delicacies label, a release series patterned after driving minimal techno.
This isn’t the only direction Simian Mobile Disco choose to go. Their recent 2013 live album, aptly titled Live, mixes tracks together with a churning, noodling aesthetic that would not be foreign to many fans of jam bands like the Grateful Dead or even the Disco Biscuits! In fact, Simian Mobile Disco was invited to close out the dance tent at Camp Bisco 11 in 2012, therefore being the last act to play Camp Bisco 11, and their set was sweaty, exhausting, joyful, and completely worthy of their final headlining spot. They performed an incredible washout where they fired off every effect that Camp Bisco’s dance tent had on the stage, including: steam, smoke, lazers, beach balls, and the full-blown, blinding effect of every single stage light at bright white and aimed at the audience, to create the single most mind-blowing, awesome, and cleansing moment I’ve ever had on a dance floor. Simian Mobile Disco takes advantage of every single element they are given to create a spectacle, and knowing the full power of Output’s sound system, I am absolutely positive we are in for a treat this Thursday.
With headliners like this, it would be easy to forget who else is playing… but once again, this Thursday has the potential to be a perfect party. Hailing from Belfast in Northern Ireland, Bicep are an intriguing duo whose blog, Feel My Bicep, has garnered them some celebrity. The other half of their renown comes from their music, and their tunes are definitely no slouch! Their latest release, the Circles EP, just came out this week and brings out the best of their style. “Circles” is obviously Detroit-Inspired as some of techno and house music’s elite producers aim to bring the cement plazas and underground stages of Detroit’s Hart Plaza crumbling down this weekend! Movement Electronic Music Festival, the unofficial start of the festival season for techno and house music heads, brings out the best in artists, and to be able to catch Bicep before they take on the dedicated crowds of “The D” is some sweet medicine for someone who is unfortunately unable to make Movement this year. If you are in the same boat, you know this is a show not to be missed.
Of course, this isn’t nearly enough! As if this writer hasn’t heard the blessings of the techno god enough for this evening, house legend Justin Strauss is headlining in the chill refines of the Panther Room. Spinning house music for more than three decades, Justin has been on the decks at clubs such as The Ritz [known as Webster Hall to the kiddes], Limelight, Area, Tunnel, M.K., Life, Centro Fly, and more. Even more impressively, he has worked production with artists such as Depeche Mode, Sergio Mendez, Tina Turner, Jimmy Cliff, B-52s, Luther Vandross, Malcolm McClaren, Skinny Puppy, and Goldfrapp, and has credits on more than 200 records! More recently, as part of production duo Whatever/Whatever, he has helped shape remixes for the likes of LCD Soundsystem, Beyonce, La Roux, and more! Folks, this is the pedigree that INPUT at Output is bringing to you on a Thursday Night! The Panther Room is more of a chill-out spot, yet they have such legendary talent booked!
I can’t stop my gushing! To complete this evening of perfection, grime/house/bass music DJ and producer of Night Slugs fame, Lvis-1990, is also playing the Panther Room! Night Slugs have provided some of the most interesting combinations of UK grime music + US vogue house music since 2009 or so, and they have not stopped with their fresh, surprising sound. Now releasing a new project called Club Constructions, they are actively promoting new artists who are keen and familiar with the Night Slugs aesthetic to submit songs that fit with Night Slugs’ styles, but break it in the name of innovation! Originally built in order to separate their club-oriented singles from their more experimental and pop-oriented LPs released in 2013, Club Constructions has turned into a full-fledged challenge to the unsung producers, who have not yet made their names familiar to the club scene.
House/techno producer and DJ Daniel Avery is absolutely no slouch and a club headliner on any other evening. He rounds out the lineup tonight, along with NYC party veterans DJH and Dave P of the acclaimed FIXED parties [who also co-host tonight’s event]. What other club lets you experience this amount of talent, let alone club music history, in one night? That question is hard to answer without the one correct choice in New York – Output. Their booking agents are so keen on bringing talent that appeals to everyone on the club music spectrum, and such a diverse night as tonight really reminds and makes you thankful that we have people such as these bringing talent to New York City. While this night may be my possible perfect party and not yours, if you keep paying attention to the lineups that Output keeps bringing to Brooklyn, you will eventually find your perfect match. Once again, thank you for the tunes Output!
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