Some of the world’s best DJs fly into London this bank holiday weekend. Oliver Keens checks the arrivals board…
Everyone and their robot dog might be focused on Daft Punk right now, but don’t forget about Paris’s Ed Banger label – started by their former manager Busy P. They celebrate ten years of game-changing electro at the Forum on Friday May 3, with the mighty Justice headlining alongside ’80s soul nut Breakbot, Feadz and Mickey Moonlight.
A jock by nationality and by trade, Glasgow-raised Jackmaster is a siphon through which all the best bass, techno and house records pass through. A deadly mixer, known for perfectly deploying a pop nugget in his emphatic sets, see him smash XOYO to pieces with Omar S at Deviation on Friday.
Danilo Plessow’s Motor City Drum Ensemble alias joins the dots between his native city of Stuttgart and the birthplace of techno, Detroit. He’ll be arriving at Corsica Studios this Friday, while the equally house-focused Ellen Allien will be representing her influential B-Pitch label with a long session at Loft Studios on Sunday May 5.
He may be one of the world’s most feted DJs, but Joy Orbison is giving top billing at the second of his Just for You parties at Oval Space on Saturday May 4 to Austrian powerhouse Cassy. A singer and producer of some of the most inventive grooves in clubland, she’s the perfect choice to take on this ace Hackney hangar venue.
Two Dutch masters are on show this weekend. One is Tom Trago, a star of Amsterdam label Rush Hour, who’ll be hammering disco loops into a trance-inducing whirl at Fabric on Saturday. The other is Steffi, who brings her residency at Berlin’s all-night fun palace Panorama Bar to Studio Spaces in Wapping on Sunday.
Some 24-carat DJ stars will be flying long-haul for your enjoyment. Fabric on Friday scores a major coup as party-focused scratch DJ A-Trak plays a back-to-back set with Just Blaze – one of the most successful hip hop producers of a generation and the beatsmith behind hits for Jay-Z, Kanye and many more. Fresh from his Major Lazer show at the Roundhouse, Diplo plays an afterparty on Saturday at the Brewhouse in London Fields, while his protégé – 24-year-old bass-humping womper Dillon Francis – plays XOYO on Sunday.
Don’t panic – the Swedish House Mafia aren’t in town. In their absence, allow a far-cooler Swedish DJ to represent the Scandi-massive in the form of Axel Boman. After coming to the fore with the woozy delights of his 2010 single ‘Purple Drank’, Boman has emerged as an exceptionally tight weaver of disco-tinged dreams. Best of all, he’s got no ties to organised crime. See him do his funky thing at Corsica Studios on Friday.
EGYPT (KIND OF)
Okay, so we know Egyptian Lover isn’t actually from the land of the Pharaohs. In reality, he’s a Californian legend who pioneered booty bass in the’80s and gave West Coast hip hop its distinctive spank thanks to a Kraftwerk-indebted love of drum machines. All the same, it’s a great booking from the folks behind Bloc, who host him at their Autumn Street Studios on Saturday. Come dressed to dance, but not as a mummy.
Make the most out of your bank holiday at with our guide to Bank Holiday clubbing.