The underground is alive and well in Brooklyn, championed by the Verboten brand and the emerging deep and tech house scene. At the forefront of this movement is Lee Foss who, along side Jamie Jones, Luca C, and Ali Love make up the deep house quartet Hot Natured, whose recent release “Benediction” has launched them all into the spotlight. The Verboten parties, with their no nonsense, stripped down aesthetic — one where the music comes first — have begun to gain serious traction in the developing New York City scene. While countless other venues have hosted deep and techie artists, SRB in Brooklyn has become the unofficial headquarters of the underground movement.
Last Friday in New York, people of the tri-state area were plagued by the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. Much of the city was still without power, subways were inoperable, and the gas shortage made finding a cab a near impossible task. Sonar Festival, scheduled to take place at Roseland Ballroom, was canceled due to venue damage and Highline Ballroom — where Verboten’s party with Maya Jane Coles was supposed to be — was shrouded in darkness. Read past the break to see how Johnny and Jenn — the NYC power-couple behind the Verboten party brand — offered refuge to the deeply battered greater metropolitan area.