Moxie Presents On Loop, Manchester
Now that she’s a well-established figure on the London music scene, for those who’ve listened to Moxie evolve as a DJ over the past decade, both in clubs and on her fortnightly NTS Radio show (she’s been with the station since its humble beginnings), On Loop represents a logical conclusion. Having gradually moved away from the bassier style she was once known for in post-FWD>> London, this painstakingly programmed residency, also visiting London, Glasgow and Paris, is instead indebted to 80s New York disco spots such as Paradise Garage and The Loft. Classy but kicking house, disco and the odd dollop of offbeat techno is the order of the evening, with Moxie headlining, joined on this occasion by Bristol’s vibrant producer and selector, Shanti Celeste. Knowingly keeping one foot in Manchester’s underground, the lineup is completed by the skilful and utterly unpredictable Hoya Hoya resident Jon K.
Soup Kitchen, Fri
Rubén Patiño and Morten J Olsen’s NMO project is something of a slippery entity. From Naturkunde Museum Ostkreuz to New Market Opportunities, the duo’s ever-malleable acronym has recently appeared on labels such as The Death Of Rave, Where To Now? and Barcelona’s Anòmia, a succession of 12-inches that cluster both machine-made and acoustic sounds around a core of repetitive percussion structures. It’s a style that draws on the deconstructed no wave-influenced technique championed by Powell, and – unsurprisingly – they’re currently working on a forthcoming full-length for his and Jaime Williams’s Diagonal Records label. Here, NMO will be flying in from Berlin to perform a live set, joined on the lineup by Newcastle-based improv pop duo Yeah You. There’ll also be a DJ set from hardcore enthusiasts Evol, a duo whose sawn-off acid blasts have found a home on labels such as the aforementioned Diagonal and Editions Mego, with a forthcoming split 12-inch with NMO themselves coming soon on Le Petit Mignon.
The Art School, Sat
XOYO’s next resident DJ is guylinered prince of Eurosleaze Tiga. He was the lynchpin of electroclash at the turn of the century and made a bid for crossover glory, but was perhaps too arch or too fashion for the masses. Back down he went, finessing his sound into the turtlenecked techno-pop of new album No Fantasy Required, while retaining his arresting blend of come-hither huskiness and am-I-bothered scorn. As a DJ, he’s drawn to uptempo acid stompers and playful minimal with the odd Latin house shimmy, and will likely go further still during this 12-week stay. His guests for the first night are 2manydjs, while upcoming highlights include forward-facing electroclash names such as Erol Alkan and DJ Hell.
XOYO, EC2, Sat
10 Years Of Aus Music, London
Will Saul’s Aus label reaches its 10th birthday in its rudest health to date, with tracks like Midland’s Trace and Bicep’s Just casting deep house in the best possible light, rather than the wan Instagram filter it’s often seen through. Rather, Aus put out tracks that tickle you with weird timbral choices just as you’re getting comfy, but never disrupt the essential flow. This party features Breach – Aus having shepherded his post-Jack minimal phase – alongside the dreamy Huxley and many more, including Saul himself. This event marks the start of a five-month stint of UK and European events for the imprint.
XOYO, EC2, Fri
The teens who made those jaw-droopingly innovative dubstep tracks in early 00s Croydon are now fathers of toddlers, holding down DJ sets through the week to pay the bills. The original sound – dizzying sense of space, belly-rumbling bass, deconstructed hooks – is now a heritage industry. Yet a decade after the blinding James Blake-covered anthem Anti War Dub, Mala of Digital Mystikz remains perhaps the most compelling of that cohort. Catch him here, fresh from the Deep Medi 10th anniversary tour.