Friday 5 December sees one of the most exciting lineups of 2014 coming to The Arches. London duo Dusky have curated a night of boundary-pushing house and techno for a key date on their ‘Next Steps Tour’ – celebrating the 2014 launch of their new imprint 17 Steps, and the release of latest single ‘Yoohoo / Akebono’ (watch the official video for ‘Yahoo’ below). As we look forward to what promises to be an epic night, with a 4-hr set from Dusky themselves, get to know the all-star lineup coming with them next week, and stream our specially-curated mix selection over on SoundCloud.
Funkinevil is a collaboration between respected producers Kyle Hall and Funkineven. Known for his dark, intense, percussive techno sound, Detroit resident Hall also produces under the KMFH moniker. He has released on Hyperdub, Third Ear, Moods & Grooves, and his own Wild Oats label, founded in 2008. Funkineven is Steven Tony Julien, a London-based producer known for his distinctive, funk-infused synth jams. The man behind the Apron Records imprint, Julien has been releasing tracks since 2009. The duo were profiled by XLR8R last year. For a taste of what the duo have to offer on 5 Dec, check out their b2b set at a 2013 Ray Bans / TIMF afterparty.
Dutch DJ and producer Tom Trago is the founder of Voyage Direct, a label he set up in 2006 to shine a light on the vibrant electronic music scene in the Netherlands. The label has released tracks by Legowelt, Dexter, Boris Werner, and Trago himself. He is perhaps best known for his collaborations, including outings with Bok Bok, Romanthony and Tyree Cooper.
Also joining the bill alongside these world-renowned label-heads are up-and-coming producers and DJs Youandewan (right, in photo above) and 2014 RBMA graduate Palms Trax (left). A regular on the Aus Music label and at London session Secretsundaze, Youandewan‘s deep and emotive sets have been gaining widespread acclaim in the past few years - check out this session recorded live at Output in Brooklyn, and his storming remix of Huxley’s ‘I Want You.’ Bristol’s Palms Trax meanwhile is based in Berlin, and is gaining a fearsome reputation for his Detroit-influenced techno workouts. With two releases on Lobster Theremin under his belt so far - check out his ‘Equation’ EP here – he also has a regular show on Berlin Community Radio - listen to the archive here.
Heading up this fantastic bill are Dusky themselves, aka London-based producers Alfie Granger-Howell and Nick Harriman. The duo have gone from strength to strength in 2014, with sold out shows at London’s Fabric, a cover feature and Gold Artist feature in Mixmag, and the launch of their own label, 17 Steps. Since releasing their breakthrough album ‘Stick by This’ on Ajunadeep in 2011, they have continued to build on the early buzz about their far-ranging, diverse take on house music - remixing Hot Chip and putting out tracks on Aus Music, Dogmatik and other labels, receiving support from top-name DJs including Calvin Harris and Tiësto, among others.
“We just want to be able to do what we want to do artistically and we don’t want to compromise that,” Nick Harriman told Mixmag back in April. “People should be able to have a good career off the back of their music without having to become too commercial.” Flying the flag for underground house music, they will play an exclusive, extended 4-hr set at The Arches on 5 December, alongside some of their favourite artists. Don’t miss your chance to see them in action as they prepare to take the Next Step.