SOPHIE – ADE show
From helping to create PC music to working with Madonna, Sophie’s transformation into a (whisper it) serious music artist has certainly offered up its fair share of surprises. Until last year she remained completely anonymous, recruiting drag performer Ben Woozy to mime a DJ set for Boiler Room (while she pretended to be a bodyguard nearby), and distorting her voice to conduct interviews. Now very much in the spotlight, latest album Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-insides is a trip through warped pop, industrial grind and bubblegum beauty. Live, Sophie supposedly rides her backing dancers like horses and wrestles giant inflatables. What’s not to love?
Listen to: Immaterial, It’s Okay to Cry
17 October // Paradiso Noord
Bonobo presents Outlier – ADE show
For my money, this is probably the best club night taking place during this year’s Amsterdam Dance Event. Bonobo DJ sets are generally bankers, guaranteed to feature songs you love already, and esoteric delights that you’ll be playing for months after. DJ Koze masterfully mines soul, disco, house, hip-hop and everything in between to create perfect pieces of ear-worming dance tracks, while Mano Le Tough’s blend of deep-house and trance tracks with moments of serene melody is probably the perfect way to get the night going. With Âme, KiNK and Leon Vynehall also on the bill, there’s lots to love about this night.
Listen to: DJ Koze – Pick up, Mano Le Tough – Energy Flow (DJ Koze’s Splasher Remix)
20 October // Scheepsbouwloods
The twice-yearly London Calling showcases bands from all over the world. Not just London then, but let that work to your advantage by allowing it to host some of the finest talents you're likely to find all together in just one venue for quite some time. This upcoming edition really does feature some brilliant acts, including the ever-evolving and always wonderful Hookworms, Glaswegian duo Laps, and the punk-poetry of Ancient Shapes. Plus, if you buy an Indiestad pass to gain entry to the festival, you also get access to a range of other concerts too.
Listen to: Hookworms – Opener
26 & 27 October, Paradiso, www.londoncalling.nl
You might know Devonté Hynes – Dev for short – from his days spent making riotous nu-rave tracks as part of the equally lauded and laughed at trio Test Icicles. Or maybe from his work making fairly mopey indie-pop under the alias Lightspeed Champion. Forget all that, as a move to New York and gigs producing for the likes of Sky Ferreira, Carly Rae Jepsen and Solange saw him gradually reinvent himself as Blood Orange. Weaving 80s and 90s R&B, hip-hop and jazz into an intoxicating mix, Hynes is now producing some his finest and most alluring work. Latest albumNegro Swan, is, he says, “an exploration into my own and many types of black depression, an honest look at the corners of black existence, and the ongoing anxieties of queer/people of colour”.
Listen to: Blood Orange - Best of You
30 October, Melkweg
Joey Negro & Crazy P - ADE show
Without a doubt, one of my best memories ever is hopping aboard a boat party at a Croatian festival and dancing the day away with Crazy P. Fusing disco, pop and everything in between, the group make dance music with heart. At this special ADE show they're joined by pioneer Joey Negro, one of the first DJs to incorporate disco samples in house music when he began his production career back in the 80s. Go and expect to party. Hard.
Listen to: Crazy P - Heartbreaker, Joey Negro - Make a Move on Me
19 October, Studio K
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