Happy happy joy joy (at least for house-music freaks)—the French clubland vet Julien Veniel, better known as D'Julz, is coming go town on Saturday, Feb 23, to spin on the all-new Williamsburg club Output's massive sound system. We were lucky enough to have caught D'Julz in his natural environment (the Rex Club in Paris) a few years back, and it was a wondrous night of straight-up four-to-the-floor hotness. So is this more recent set recorded live at the Rex—give it a listen and then check out the fab DJ himself this weekend. And then, search down his bumping new EP, Special Day, just released on Parisian label Circus Company.
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Pantha Du Prince joins forces with a brigade of bells. Bells: They can make for the most magical of musical ornamentation, their gliding chimes, airy jingles and graceful peals signifying a blissful trip through heaven’s gate on one’s way toward the astral plane. On the other hand, their singular sound can end up as the lead character in a portentous piece of grandiosity like Mike Oldfield’s 1973 opus, Tubular Bells. But electronic-music producer Pantha Du Prince—the musical alias of Hendrik Weber, the German maker of sometimes-deep, sometimes-tough, sometimes-odd but always-wonderful house and techno—has a bit of experience with bells; his 2010 album, Black Noise, was brimming with ringers. That record contained some of the loveliest music of a discography full of transcendent moments. But with Elements of Light, Weber’s collaboration with a crew of technically precise Norwegian players—not to mention a massive carillon, a three-ton beast featuring 50 bronze bells—he may have outdone himself; it’s a minimalist-yet-rich gem of an album.The carillon is only the half of it: Elements of Light features xylophones, marimbas, chimes, tubular bells and almost anything else capable of creating a bong, jangle, toll or tinkle, with Jaga Jazzist’s Martin Horntveth and Madrugada’s Erland Dahlen among those joining Weber in the studio. Presented as a suite, its five pieces only occasionally flirt with anything overtly “clubby”: The transition from “Particle” to “Photon”—a heavy kick drum
House hero Kerri Chandler spins a rare Gotham set at Cielo. Not many deep-house producers have a sound as distinct as New Jersey’s Kerri Chandler; his muscular basslines, dopamine-activating chord progressions and, most of all, badass kick drums stand out in a genre that can sometimes seem a bit monotone. He’s been working his unique style since the late ’80s, but Chandler’s star is as bright as ever, as evidenced by his constant gigging in Europe’s clubs and festivals, including a residency at Ibiza’s famed Circoloco party. He rarely spins in NYC anymore—but on Thursday, February 28, the venerable Nervous label has snagged the dance-music icon for an intimate session at Cielo. RECOMMENDED: More DJ mixes from the world's top spinnersTime Out New York: You grew up in New Jersey. How much influence did [seminal Newark club] Zanzibar and its resident, Tony Humphries, have on your development?Kerri Chandler: Oh, lots. We were all going there when we were teenagers…younger than that, even. It had a huge influence. I was already deejaying, playing at this place around the corner called Club America, and we would run over to Zanzibar when my club was done for the night. The same guy owned both clubs. We would get there around 11 o’clock in the morning, listen to Tony until he was done, and then finally head home.Time Out New York: You started releasing music not long after that time, in 1989—and even on your debut release, the Super Lover EP, the Kerri Chandler sound was pretty dist
Cielo finishes off its tenth-birthday fun with a fantastic 4/4 fiesta. Cielo’s weeks-long tenth-anniversary celebration included plenty of great nights, with parties featuring the likes of Horse Meat Disco, Wolf + Lamb and Soul Clap, the Martinez Brothers and other stars of the house, techno and disco scenes. But the ever-youthful club may have saved the best for last: The final party of the series, tossed in conjunction with the venerable Nervous label, featured Norway’s world-conquering Todd Terje and New York City deck icon Danny Krivit on the wheels of steel, with Walker & Royce opening—and it was a killer party, with a great selection of house, disco and boogie keeping the dance floor packed all night long. Follow Bruce Tantum on Twitter: @BruceTantum You might also like Interview: Cielo's Nicolas Matar Cielo's head honcho talks about the venerable club's past, present and future. Cielo is ten years old, which by our calculations is 70 in nightlife years. And it still looks so pretty! One of the top boîtes of the city, the country and the world (it’s been on a bevy of “best clubs” lists over the years), the Meapacking District spot is in the midst of weeks-long anniversary celebration—but head honcho Nicolas Matar still had time to chat about Cielo’s past, present and future. Time Out New York: It was about 11 years ago when we were standing together in an empty concrete room, the space that was to become Cielo. Are you surprised that we are still talking about that ro
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