Tune in, Turn up, Drop Beats
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Dennis Ferrer’s Aug. 30 gig at Marquee will be a schooling in what defines house music.
Cherokee, Kartell, & Air Zaire at Glasslands Gallery
Cherokee is a crisp French house duo with a sound lauding early disco and funk. Their productions are clean and modern yet retain the character of vinyl disco records of old. Fat, funky basslines and airy summer winds are their sound. Kartell is a French producer who is new to the game. His productions are well within the 90s sampling bubble of nu-disco. It’s slow-moving, cut-time dance music that would serve as a perfect candlelit makeout soundtrack. Air Zaire is a recent Brooklyn transplant, having moved his tropical Gulf Stream nu-disco from Florida to New York. When you listen to his tropical, Balearic beats, it’s hard to believe he’s not making music alongside DJs in Ibiza. He’s rising quickly, making a name for himself in the Brooklyn club scene.
Thurs., Aug. 29, at Glasslands Gallery, (289 Kent Ave., btw. S. First & Second Sts., Brooklyn). 21+. Tickets: $10. Doors at 11:30pm. Info: theglasslands.com.
Dennis Ferrer at Marquee
Dennis Ferrer makes house, straight up. Bongo-laden, sample rich and soulful. He is the king of finding sexy vocals to fit over his techy beats. Back in the day, he used to work with classic house outfit, Masters at Work. His biggest hit, “Hey Hey” was featured on one of Avicii’s compilations, “Strictly Miami” a few years back. Ferrer is a New Yorker, born and bred. It will be a schooling in what defines house music.
Fri., Aug. 30, at Marquee (289 10th Ave., btw. W. 26th & 27th Sts.) 21+. Tickets: $20-30. Doors at 11pm. Info: marqueeny.com.
Claude Von Stroke, Eats Everything & Justin Martin at Output
The guys at San Francisco’s Dirtybird Records are known for being the rowdy, silly ones in the game. They take music seriously, but that’s about it. Claude Von Stroke is Dirtybird’s label head. Born in Detroit “Broke City,” he was first drawn to the techno beats of local hip-hop. He made his way as a rapper and later discovered his love for house music. Combining grit and groove, he founded Dirtybird in 2006 and instantly took off. Eats Everything hails from Bristol, UK. Growing up a raunchy troublemaker, he slowly came to fall in love with Britain’s rave scene, where he began to DJ. After winning residency at a few clubs in the UK, he started producing records that were unique and edgy — a perfect addition to the Dirtybird sound. Justin Martin posts Vines of himself making middle school girl fish faces in helicopters. Martin is like an embarrassing older brother who can’t get enough selfies on his phone. Yet by night, he spins his own brand of dirty, fatty, sleazy house that’s just as much fun as his Instagram.
Sat., Aug. 31, at Output (74 Wythe Ave., btw. N. 11th & 12th Sts., Brooklyn). Tickets are $30. Doors at 10pm. Info: outputclub.com.
BY VONYX (soundcloud.com/mikawvawn)