Damian Lazarus announces remarkable 13th annual Get Lost Miami lineup

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Damian Lazarus is bringing his otherworldly Get Lost party to Miami Music Week for its 13th annual installment March 24-25.

Despite the ever-fluctuating tides of Miami’s readily available scene, the off-kilter ethos of Get Lost will continue to be a mainstay, proven in its continual cultivation of intimate after-hours vibes.

With more than 50 artists playing in just over 24 hours, Damian Lazarus’ MMW alternative is supplying the underground with the artistry they need. Seth Troxler’s playing a 5 a.m. opening set. Detroit legend Carl Craig and the high priestess of South African house music, Black Coffee, will get behind the decks. The festival features an appearance from the wizard himself, and an extended closing set from the trio Wizardry: DJ Three, Damian Lazarus, and DJ Tennis.

Legends like Doc Martin, Kenny Glasgow, Soul Clap, Kerri Chandler, Fur Coat, Kölsch, and more will all perform live at the Lost Mythical cities-themed event.

More information and tickets are available here.

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Ring in the new year in style at the House of Yes Grand Ball

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House of Yes are throwing quite a grand affair to ring in the new year. Hosted at 1896 studios, the event begins at 8 PM with a grand feast: a delectable three course meal will be served by Bunker Vietnamese, along with exclusive cabaret performances and an open wine and champagne bar. Guests will be ushered into the venue’s other three rooms once dinner commences. Starting at 9 PM, the Grand Ball will feature a three hour open champagne bar until midnight, a ballroom style dancing showcase, a midnight moment with The Grand Ball of the City Orchestra, aerial spectacles, immersive art in multiple rooms, fire performances and ice castles.

The events music programming features such acclaimed deep house artists as Be Svendsen, Death on the Balcony, Feathered Sun, Hoj, Jon Charnis, Sven Dohse, The Drifter, Bo Borzu, Daniel Cowel, Lovecraft, Stephanie Szankay plus LIVE electronic sets by Oceanvs Orientalis (live) and Pillowtalk (live).

It continues into New Years Day at Day One, with sunrise sound healing led by Jennifer Drue and Mariana Orozco Arango (8AM-10AM), champagne toasts, and bespoke cocktails from Punch & Pie NYC. New Years Day will feature the local and international sounds of the playa through Bedouin’s special extended set, Francesca Lombardo and Holger Hecler, plus support from New York City crews Devotion, Resonance, and Ebb+Flow.

Guests are encouraged to wear black, white, gold and silver to the ball.

 

 

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Mixmag presents YA’AH MUUL – Jungle Party

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Day 2 of The BPM Festival, January 7th it was a clear gorgeous night. The highly anticipated return of its signature event YA’AH MUUL, The Jungle party. If you don’t know what the jungle is, it’s where the people from BPM transform a secluded area away from the city into the jungles of Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

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Minimal Effort imports underground techno veterans to a major LA setting [Review]

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Techno has been an unshakeable force in American electronic music culture since its stateside inception in 1980s Detroit. In recent years – particularly since the unofficial “EDM boom” of 2010 – techno has served as an underground resistance of sorts to many of dance music’s more commercial iterations. Since assuming this role in the US dance music dichotomy, techno has appreciated a substantial surge in popularity. As taste-makers become compelled to form their own events, and as event producers become more tasteful themselves, there has been a visible push to elevate the sounds of the underground to a broader stage.

In Los Angeles, Minimal Effort stands at the forefront of this endeavor. Founded in 2013 by industry veterans including Cyril Batar, Minimal Effort set out to create something “raw,” that would appeal to the underground tastes of seasoned club connoisseurs, but would also attract broader audiences in an effort to expand the Los Angeles techno scene. As Bitar puts it, “Our vision is to instill the existence of awareness and appreciation of sophisticated dance culture in LA—but above ground so it’s accessible to all.”

Three years since its establishment, Minimal Effort continues to grow as a major influencer in the LA techno renaissance. The company’s success – particularly with their benchmark Halloween and New Year’s Eve mini-festivals – has been the result of their resilience, adaptability, authenticity, and most importantly, their tasteful bookings. Though inevitable complications led Minimal Effort to switch their NYE 2016 event to Downtown LA’s Globe Theater at the last minute, the show was resoundingly successful in bringing the underground to the city’s surface.

Henry Saiz Live Band. Picture by Chris Soltis.

Henry Saiz Live Band. Image by Chris Soltis.

For their New Year’s Eve event, Minimal Effort refashioned the Globe Theater into a three-tiered manifestation of club culture’s different facets over the course of a 12-hour party. Upstairs, nestled just past the VIP viewing balconies, the Space Yacht stage hosted the lineup’s most widely-accessible acts in the venues most upbeat setting. Evoking the essence of a lounge, Space Yacht recruited the talents of tech house and deep house fixtures such as Amtrac, Kastle, and Sacha Robotti, offering respite to those wishing to socialize or take a brief break from the warehouse sensibilities below.

The Basement stage, as its name suggests, provided quite literal representation of underground house and techno. Led by Mikey Lion, Porkchop, Lee Reynolds, and Marbs, the Desert Hearts Crew took command over the party’s subterranean level. The Southern Californian collective reveled in the darkened cavern’s sonorous acoustics, taking advantage of the warehouse ambience afforded by its minimal lighting as the ideal forum to promote their core mantra of “House. Techno. Love.”

Minimal Effort Basement Stage Photo By Jamie Rosenberg

Basement. Image by Jamie Rosenberg.

Desert Hearts bookended the Basement stage’s itinerary with a diverse blend of house, techno and wildly divergent samplings throughout their intermittent tenures. From 7:00-9:00, the cabal of performers heightened attendees’ energy for the tribal stylings of South American luminary Nicola Cruz, the eldritch techno of the quickly ascending German bellwether &ME, and dutifully-woven, electro-infused offerings from legendary British duo Simian Mobile Disco. From 1:00-4:00, Desert Hearts returned to their post, allowing underground carousers to continue the Basement’s bacchanalia well into the wee hours of 2017.

Minimal Effort’s main attraction for the evening was, of course, the Theater stage, which allowed attendees the rare opportunity to see icons of techno’s underground in a full-fledged concert setting. As the bulk of attendees filed into the venue in the hours leading up to the ball drop, Human Resources (Bitar’s own duo with Ahmed Elwan) and Francesca Lombardo took center stage. Lombardo would reprise this role the following day, presiding as the headliner for Minimal Effort’s New Year’s Day recovery event, to which concertgoers were given complimentary access.

Audion drops the ball. Picture by Chris Soltis.

Audion. Image by Chris Soltis. 

The sacred responsibility of ushering in the new year was bestowed upon Audion, the experimental techno alias of veteran DJ Matthew Dear. Indeed, no performer on the festival’s bill could have proved to be more fitting than Dear for two reasons. Firstly, Audion’s electrifying brand of techno matched the raucous energy of the NYE countdown far better than the more somber tones of his successors would have. Secondly, there is an ephemeral, perhaps epochal nature to any Audion set; Alpha, Dear’s 2016 album under his alter-ego, came after a decade-long hiatus from the Audion project. Among the crowd, there was a tacit appreciation for the ability to catch the Texan techno maverick in 2017, as it may be quite some time before the opportunity re-emerges.

Recondite provided the Theater stage’s first set of 2017, and likely, the event’s most-anticipated. In November, the German producer purveyed an EMOTY-nominated Essential Mix consisting entirely of his own music, cementing his status as one of the year’s most fervently-acclaimed techno artists. Amid the uninitiated, Lorenz Brunner’s primely-slotted set invoked a palpable sense of wonderment regarding how he would translate the essence of his definitive BBC Radio 1 set into a live context. Indeed, Recondite did not disappoint, as he transported his audience into an abyss of ominous, cerebral, and deeply mesmerizing techno. Arguably one of the night’s most scintillating moments revealed itself in the climax of Brunner’s “Warg,” as the crash of its inaugural snare pervaded throughout the venue in a cold, sonic eruption that would not leave spectators’ spines until the next day’s hangovers arrived.

Stephan Bodzin. Picture by Chris Soltis

Stephan Bodzin. Image by Chris Soltis.

If Recondite was Minimal Effort’s darkest act, then Stephan Bodzin was the festival’s albatross – guiding wayward listeners back into the light with his utterly transcendental instrumentations. Yet, this light would prove to be beguiling, as Bodzin plunged into more sinister realms. Evoking the essence of Mercury, Bodzin’s minimal, yet shimmering visual backdrop set an awe-inspiring stage for the legendary techno pioneer’s auditory journey. Standing solemnly behind a Moog synthesizer, Bodzin traversed a wide range of emotions and sensibilities, never pigeonholing his performance to one reductive essence.

Minimal Effort’s attendees concluded their night at the Theater stage with the psychedelic visuals and celestial stylings of the Henry Saiz Live Band. Providing the most ethereal set of the night, the outfit’s live instrumentations displayed a different facet to the techno festival, and offered a hope-inspiring transition out of the festival and into the new year.

At the end of the 12-hour dance marathon, it was clear that techno is continuing to become a much larger force in the Los Angeles club scene, and Minimal Effort is going to be a large part of this ascension.