Fall preview: Clubs

Find out who's dropping the season's hottest beats.

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Sat 4, Sun 5 Six underdogs to dance to at Electric Zoo

After the success of last year's inaugural edition, the megaparty Electric Zoo returns to Randalls Island on Labor Day weekend. While the lineup is swollen with clubland's deities—colossi like Moby, trance titan Armin van Buuren and the block-rockin' Chemical Brothers—there are plenty of nonsuperstars who are equally (if not more) worth checking out.

Moby

Sat 4, Sun 5 Six underdogs to dance to at Electric Zoo

After the success of last year's inaugural edition, the megaparty Electric Zoo returns to Randalls Island on Labor Day weekend. While the lineup is swollen with clubland's deities—colossi like Moby, trance titan Armin van Buuren and the block-rockin' Chemical Brothers—there are plenty of nonsuperstars who are equally (if not more) worth checking out.

Moby

Sat 4, Sun 5 Six underdogs to dance to at Electric Zoo

After the success of last year's inaugural edition, the megaparty Electric Zoo returns to Randalls Island on Labor Day weekend. While the lineup is swollen with clubland's deities—colossi like Moby, trance titan Armin van Buuren and the block-rockin' Chemical Brothers—there are plenty of nonsuperstars who are equally (if not more) worth checking out.

Moby

Aeroplane
Randalls Island isn't exactly Ibiza, but Belgium's Vito De Luca will be bringing a bit of Balearic-disco fever via a set of gurgling synths, strumming guitars and loping rhythms.

Flying Lotus
Glitchy hip-hop beats, woozy bass and kaleidoscopic melodies laced with synthetic squiggles: That's the sound of Flying Lotus, the talented West Coast beatsmith responsible for spring's fantastic Cosmogramma album.

Jon Hopkins
He's opened for Coldplay, but don't hold that against him—this Londoner's luscious lullabies should be a soothing respite from the festival's nonstop boomage. Then again, we've heard his live sets get pretty heavy.

Martyn
More than anyone, Dutch producer Martyn has stretched the dubstep sound to its limits, in the process crafting a new kind of body music that twists its low-end salvos in all directions.

 

Pretty Lights
Producer Derek Vincent Smith (accompanied onstage by drummer Cory Eberhard) works with samples—largely lifted from thrift-shop vinyl—to create gorgeous slices of atmospheric mood music.

Reboot
In just three years, Germany's Frank "Reboot" Heinrich has become one of the leaders of techno's new school, infusing his minimal grooves with Latin-laced power.

Randalls Island (electriczoofestival.com). 11am--11pm; $86, two-day pass $142. click here for an interview with The Chemical Brothers.

Oct 12

Kruder & Dorfmeister is f**king back!

Remember the late '90s, when the dubbed-out stoner funk of Peter Kruder and Richard Dorfmeister ruled...not the airwaves, perhaps, but every coffeeshop, alt boutique and rooftop barbecue in the land? (If not, light up a spliff and listen to the pair's landmark 1998 release, The K&D Sessions—it will all come back to you.) It's been eons since the Austrian remix kings have worked together—their last NYC date was almost a decade ago—but the downtempo doyens are back in action, embarking on a tour they're calling the 16 F**king Years Anniversary Sessions. And there's more: The duo is putting the finishing touches on a new compilation. Meaning, we guess, that slow and hazy is still the way to go.
Nokia Theatre Times Square (giantstep.net/events). 8pm; $41.50.

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Sept 12

Danny Krivit's new album and release party


Danny Krivit is the veteran spinner who helms the 718 Sessions and—with Joe Claussell and Franois K—Body & Soul. He is also known as the longtime King of the Edit. A compilation of some of Krivit's best disco, soul and R&B rejiggerings, Edits by Mr. K Vol. 2: Music of the Earth comes out September 14 on the Strut label. And on September 12, Krivit's celebrating the release at one of NYC's best parties, his own 718 Sessions. Santos Party House (dannykrivit.net). 6pm--midnight; $20, before 7pm $5.

Sept 18

Trouble & Bass Four-Year Anniversary


NYC's bass-music scene would probably have evolved much differently had it not been for Trouble & Bass, a crew imbued with so much low-end swagger that its members have anointed their group the "heavy bass champion of the world." T&B celebrates its birthday with the help of woofer-waffling guests Plastician and Bart B More—earplugs optional. (Le) Poisson Rouge (lepoissonrouge.com). Midnight; $15, advance $10.

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