Cassy Britton, one of the leading ladies in the underground world today, will be the first resident to play regularly at Brooklyn’s recently opened (and much lauded) club, Output. Cassy has already been making appearances throughout the US festival circuit this year, spinning at both Ultra and Coachella as well as Movement next month, and her relevancy in the American scene is stronger than ever. She’s a veteran of many of Europe’s favorite clubs (not excluding Berlin’s Panorama Bar), so her expertise behind the decks is certainly a welcome addition to the already well-curated bookings Output has been offering. She will be appearing quarterly and is set to begin the week after Movement Detroit, on June 1st.
Next weekend marks the opening of TBA Brooklyn, a new 125 person capacity club in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. The club plans to stick to underground house and techno bookings, offering an intimate venue to catch world-class talent. The location features a lounge area and dance floor with a rooftop deck to be used during the warmer months. You can check out the full list of upcoming events here.
What do you get when you combine Southern hip hop, drum & bass and experimental trap? Apparently one of most highly acclaimed sets at Holy Ship! Fresh off their breakout performance aboard the EDM cruise ship, Charlotte-based duo Clicks & Whistles have seemingly been on constant tour, bringing their hybrid bass music to eager audiences across the continent. Their live set from Brooklyn is hard-hitting and diverse, incorporating numerous originals alongside obscure hip-hop remixes and familiar cuts from the like of Diplo and Baauer (whom they closed for on the Ship). Check out the eclectic mix and track-list after the break.
With all that has transpired over the course of our, young, new year, Sensation’s American inauguration three months ago seems like a distant memory to those tuned in to dance music news. To residents in Brooklyn, New York, however, it feels like just yesterday. Brooklyn’s Barclays Center opened last fall as home to the Brooklyn Nets and has since hosted a variety of concerts, ranging from Jay-Z to Justin Bieber, that have caused complaints from neighbors — but none have been as loud as Sensation America.
“It was so loud that night that I had my headphones on watching TV — and I could still feel the vibration and hear the noise from the show” – Wayne Bailey, Brooklyn Resident and Barclays Center neighbor
Read below the break to find out how loud and how Brooklyn is paying the consequences.
The underground world in New York was chock full of choices for New Year’s Eve — Lee Burridge and Moby, Wolf + Lamb, Soul Clap, and PillowTalk, Francois K, Pat Mahoney, or Steve Lawler and Carlo Lio (to name a few) were all in town for the big night. None of these however, garnered more of a flurry of interest and excitement than the announcement that Luciano and a trusty crew of beatmakers would be throwing a Vagabundos party on New Year’s Day. The event opened its doors at the Compound in Brooklyn at 4:30am, only 30 minutes after Dada Life and company closed out their high-powered New Year’s Eve party.
You couldn’t ignore the feeling that something special was happening in Brooklyn, New York on Friday night — as it appeared, a majestic flock of white souls were pouring into the brand new, spaceship resembling Barclays Center. Approaching the arena at 8pm to see a never-ending scatter of people dressed in white from head to toe, I was overwhelmed with nostalgia. The visual was one thing, but the excitement in the air – unavoidable upon entrance — brought me back to my last Sensation experience exactly 7 months earlier in Hasselt, Belgium. Before setting foot inside the arena, standing amongst the 15,000 other concertgoers, it became evident that this night would go down in dance music history.
Evening two of America’s very first Sensation is a day of legends — and we don’t just throw that word around. On Saturday, Barclays in Brooklyn will be filled by the sounds of Danny Tenaglia, 2000 and One, Fedde le Grand (again), and Mark Knight. If you’re not already well-acquainted with these names, educate yourself a bit more after the break on what to expect out of these fellows.
Now that we’ve reached the halfway point of 2012, we thought it would be fun to highlight some of the best and worst moments of the year so far. This week we’re bringing you five of the highlights, while next week we’ll be bringing you some of the lowlights. Let us know what you think in the comments — we’re nothing without you.
Despite the insane quantity of festivals that have sprung up in North America since the full-on dance music craze kicked in, it’s impossible to deny that many of them amount to little more than big sound systems, big name DJs, and lots of people wearing rave gear. That’s why we’re so excited that Sensation — one of the most famous electronic music parties on the planet — is finally coming to the United States.
Pierce Fulton has a Tiesto-esque behind the scenes video series going on — you all know how successful those were. This time around Pierce talks about his headlining gig at Santos Party House and shows us a glimpse of his hometown in Vermont. If you want to dive right into the nitty gritty, fast forward to 3:20 and hear Pierce describe how and why he constructs his edits and sets. It’s interesting to get a different take on developing a playlist, you get so much overlap in the industry it is truly refreshing when someone takes the alternate approach.
NOTE: There is a guest appearance from DA‘s very own Enes Kolenovic in the video.
The last time Dayglow came to New York City, it was Alesso and Benny Benassi going hard in the paint at Pier 94 — on New Years Day. Dayglow is returning to the Big Apple on July 15th, and it is relocating to to Brooklyn. The festival will be taking place at the new BK Festival Grounds on Stillwell Avenue. Like another Brooklyn-bound festival — and continuing a trend we are not exactly fond of — Dayglow isn’t announcing the headliners just yet. However, given the number of events taking place, you might be able to figure it out by process of elimination. Tickets are on sale today at Noon EST, and we’ll have the lineup info ASAFP.
Update: Chuckie has taken to Twitter and declared: “Dayglow party in NYC?! Count me in…” It’s still not a 100% confirmation, but things look likely, especially considering his followup Tweet of “Where Brooklyn at!!!!!”
Update 2: (June 25) We can now confirm to you exclusively that Dayglow Brooklyn will be headlined by Chuckie, with support from Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, as well as Dayglow resident DJ David Solano.
Update 3: (July 13) Uh oh, Dayglow Brooklyn has been postponed due to a “last minute reversal in granting the event its sound permit.” Organizers promise to honor existing tickets on the new date, and that refunds will be given for those who can’t make it.