Clubs picks of the week

Berlin Berlin | Truss & Paula Temple | Jane Fitz | Coyote Records Presents Future Perfect | SOPHIE

Berlin Berlin, London

One of the more impressive things about Berlin is how its people have unshackled themselves from the yoke of the sun. While all but the most chemically addled of us obediently trot to bed when it gets dark at least once a weekend, Thursday to Monday marks a kind of circadian rebellion among Berliners, as they hurl themselves into (predominantly techno) parties that start and end at any hour. One of the core venues for this techno-pagan bacchanal is former dog-biscuit factory Sisyphos, its name alluding to something endless and mystic – torturous even – and its cyberpunk junkyard, complete with beach, has a vibrant community of freaks. Three of its residents – Fidelity Kastrow, Jonty Skrufff and Juli N More – all roll into London for this showcase of the city’s underground techno talent, along with DJs selected by Kreuzberg institution Chalet and the Save Us record label.

Egg, N7, Sat

BB

Truss & Paula Temple, Dublin

Aside from a fistful of excellent hard-nosed techno releases in 2014, Paula Temple has spent much of recent years putting her Midas touch to the work of others, releasing two high-profile remixes for the Prodigy and the Knife, as well as a guttural, squelchy edit of Chevel on Berlin label Stroboscopic Artefacts. She continued her relentless and unwavering form as a DJ, too: from hammering out endless wracked four-to-the-floor at Bloc’s weekender in March, to damaging the heaving dancefloor of Electrowerkz in London in June and playing out to a sparse, last-ones-standing crowd at Incubate festival in Tilburg in September. Here she’ll be joined by Truss, who after retiring Blacknecks – his superlative gabber Italo-techno project with Bleaching Agent – at the end of 2014 has been focusing on his solo work. His latest EP, Kymin Lea, released on Perc Trax last year, was peppered with distinctive Truss-ian strung-together bleeps, and its tracks soon became peak-hour techno staples. Get down early for support delivered by the safe hands of Jon Hussey.

District 8, Sat

SC

Jane Fitz, Newcastle upon Tyne

Each summer, Jane Fitz takes up her post as resident DJ at Freerotation, an intimate, members-only dance festival that takes place annually in Wales. For the many thousands unable to snag an invite, Fitz’s steady ascent through the UK underground offers further opportunities to experience her truly expansive collection of techno, house and ambient cuts. Making her Newcastle debut at this Backdrop night, the journalist, producer and party organiser has a designated three-hour window to convert the curious crowds. Always thriving when defying classification, expect a deep, psychedelic and driving trip from a master on the fringes.

The World Headquarters, Sat

JT

Coyote Records Presents Future Perfect, Bristol

Instrumental grime has proved to be one of the UK’s most forward-thinking scenes for years now. One of the best small labels at the cutting-edge of the music is Coyote Records, and tonight it’s throwing a release party for Tom E Vercetti’s futuristic, near-perfect Future Perfect EP. Tom, who plays in Planet Mu-signed, anime-obsessed pointillist bass trio Silk Road Assassins, is playing alongside Rinse’s Faze Miyake and fresh faces such as Wen, Odeko and Jurango. Get down, nod, and listen to what tomorrow should sound like.

Cosies, Sat

CJ

SOPHIE, London

The biggest success to emanate from the PC Music stable, SOPHIE’s Photoshop-perfect productions play with the knife-edge of pop, where the distance between the sublime and banal is atomically small. Some of his creations are perfect, thrusting life into flawless crystal focus: the earwormy Bipp, the cutesy swag of Hard, the near-beatless ballad Just Like We Never Said Goodbye. But a tiny shift and suddenly they’re asinine consumerist hellscapes, as on Msmsmsm or LOVE. Expect this live set to prance gleefully between the two.

Village Underground, EC2, Thu

BB

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