Death Disco

The Arches presents

Death Disco

DJ Mehdi // Azari & III // Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs // Mighty Mouse

Sat 18 Jun 2011 | 11pm - 3am | £14/£7 (join DD mailing list above)

DJ Mehdi plays Death Disco at the Arches, Glasgow this June.

DJ Mehdi
Azari & III
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
Joe And Will Ask?
Mighty Mouse
Josh Jones

Following a brilliant showcase from A-Trak, Busy P and Cassius at the Arches last Christmas, and Carte Blanche‘s appearance at the Sub Club in October, it’s time for some pure Mehdi.

Now one of Ed Banger’s key players and one half of Carte Blanche (along with his buddy Riton), Mehdi started out DJing/producing for various hip hop acts and collectives before he went all boundary-pushing and started mixing it with electronic music. His own albums – The Story Of Espion in 2002 and Lucky Boy in 2006 – have been bolstered by collaborations with the likes of Chromeo, Daft Punk, MC Solaar, K-os and Cassius, as well as remixes of Erol Alkan & Boys Noize and Miike Snow.

His status as one of the core members of uber-cool Parisian collective Club 75, alongside Cassius, Busy P, Justice’s Xavier De Rosnay, was cemented after his own tracks Signatune and I Am Somebody became two of the key tracks on the French-electro-centric dancefloors of 2007, blending hip hop sensibilities with dramatic French house synths – check out the Thomas Bangalter edit of Signatune for his signature sound.

We’re delighted to announce that Azari & III (‘azari and third’) will be warming up the stage with their full live set. Encapsulating the throbbing pulse of a European city after dark in deepest summer – a pulse which Death Disco has always held close to its grubby little heart – Azari & III know how to mix detroit techno with soul and electro with funk, channelling the spirit of a baggy 90s rave with the faux-glamour of a cheap New York disco club to create what looks set to be one of the key sounds of this summer.

Having released a clutch of 12-inches since they got together two years ago, Reckless With Your Love is easily their most popular yet, referencing Hercules & Love Affair, Frankie Knuckles, Inner City and countless 90s house piano riffs and drum machines. Already a dancefloor staple, it secured a much-coveted Tensnake remix which takes the 90s revivalism by the balls and ends with a direct sample of C+C Music Factory’s Gonna Make You Sweat, whilst Into The Night has done well by the Nicolas Jaar treatment.

They’ve done remixes for Cut Copy, Uffie and Booka Shade, teamed up with Friendly Fires to create Stay Here for the band’s Suck My Deck compilation last year, and looked stylish-as-hell the whole time. In short, we love them. Their self-titled debut album comes out on 1st August on Loose Lips Records: Death Disco waits with bated breath.

N.B. Death Disco promotes an alternative, open-minded club environment… Check out our favourite electro disco blog for what we’re all about.