Dark Disco: A Red Bull Music Academy Special

Not your average halftime show. As the first term of the 2013 Red Bull Music Academy festival comes to a close, some of our trusted team members bring the ruckus to the basement of one of the best Dim Sum restaurants in the Lower East Side. Acts on the bill include recently reunited dance music revolutionaries Metro Area with their first LIVE show in over a decade; Night Slugs founders Bok Bok and L-Vis 1990; and house music’s best kept secret Gerd Janson who will make his long-awaited US debut on the night.

Advance tickets are sold out. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

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Metro Area

No introduction needed! But we’ll give you one anyway. Metro Area is the child of Morgan Geist and Darshan Jesrani. Established at the end of the ’90s, Geist and Jesrani were super bored by what came in and out of the dance-music stores. Time for a change. With just three 12"s on Geist’s graceful Environ label, and influenced by early ’80s NYC radio, institutions like West End, Prelude, and the golden age of Big Apple dance music, they created new electronic disco anthems and instant classics. More than ten years down the line, the duo is still on top of the game, albeit all the followers and copycats. In addition to Morgan’s regular Personal show on RBMA Radio (check it out if you haven’t tuned in), when Morgan and Darshan join forces they wow you with beautifully mixed selections of incredible music.

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Gerd Janson

He holds residencies at two of the best clubs in the universe, Robert Johnson and Panorama Bar; reviews the latest 12" singles for German music reads Spex and Groove; and, of course, releases some of today’s most daring dance music on his own Running Back label—it’s all in a day’s work for Gerd Janson. A true DJ’s DJ, Gerd might dabble with production and remixing, but his natural habitat will always be the DJ booth. From classic house to dreamy disco, just give the guy two turntables and an audience, and the rest will follow.

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Bok Bok

If you missed the anthems and refixes by Girl Unit, Egyptrixx, Mosca, and Bok Bok that have dropped on Night Slugs, you must have been sleeping. Slugs do come out after dark, after all. The label sprang from the eponymous clubnight started by Alex Sushon, aka Bok Bok, and James Connolly, aka L-Vis 1990, after they connected on MySpace. Bok Bok already had a solid grounding in sound-system culture—his interest was piqued by a Slimzee mix in 2003, and then, as the grime scene evolved, he shied away toward raw, upbeat grooves from further afield: Baltimore breaks, Detroit ghetto-tech, the footwork/ghetto-house hybrids in Chi-town, and South African arch riddim constructions. As Night Slugs continues to have London’s underground club scene on lock, so does Bok Bok as its head honcho, carving out a distinct space for himself and his posse on the futuristic side of bass-heavy, hip hop–leaning dancefloor-obliterators.

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L-Vis 1990

L-Vis 1990 started out promoting, DJing, and producing drum‘n’bass and breaks as a teen in Brighton. He first got his feet wet by remixing artists like Diplo, Benga, Frankmusik, and Filthy Dukes, spinning at jam-packed London warehouse parties, or pushing his own anthemic productions on labels like Mad Decent. There’s no question that L-Vis 1990 has been one of the few leading the charge in the new bass renaissance. Counting Drop the Lime, Sinden, Brodinski, and Orgasmic among his fans, he and his mate Bok Bok went on to form the mighty Night Slugs imprint. With a fresh sound and vibrant imagery that references mystic technology cults and secondary realities, Night Slugs is wholly representative of the current UK bass-music landscape: fluid, jacking, and refusing to be pinned into any one genre box. Just like the slippery slugs they are.

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Jacking house and techno straight from the New York underground—that’s what you get when you enter the world of Scrap and Chris, aka DKDS. The duo linked up in Brooklyn and started playing sets for the local rave kids looking for a bit of a rough edge on their deep house. Enlisted by Mean Red Productions for their Dark Disco party, the two have since become residents of one of NYC’s hottest club nights—and by hot we mean it can really get steamy down in that vault on Houston Street. With a handful of edits and some out-of-town gigs under their belts, as well as multiple engagements with Night People and original productions coming down the pipeline, the future looks bright for these Dark Disco dudes.

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