The splendidly monikered Thugfucker—the team of the Life & Death label’s Greg Oreck and You Are Here’s Holmar Filipsson—have long been among our favorite deep-house duos, but the past few years have seen the pair zooming towards the heavens like a couple of the Norse gods that Filipsson’s ancestors probably worshiped in days of yore. (He’s Icelandic, in case you were wondering.) Here’s just a bit of what the boys have been up to: They’ve done original tracks and remixes for such esteemed labels as Wolf + Lamb, Visionquest, Get Physical, and Culprit; they’ve deejayed at London’s Fabric, Berlin’s Panorama Bar and Watergate, Ibiza’s Space and Pacha, Amsterdam’s Studio 80 and NYC's own Output, among other top clubs; festivalwise, they’ve wowed the crowds at Croatia’s Garden Festival, Mexico’s BPM, Barcelona’s Sónar, Burning Man and many, many more outdoor throwdowns; and Filipsson is relaunching his much-missed Crack & Speed imprint with partner Jef K this fall. Phew! And best of all for those hankering to squeeze in one last boat party for the fall chill sets in, the hustlin’ twosome are lined up to play the Blkmarket Membership boat party on Saturday, September 14—and to mark the occasion, we’re serving up a lovely Thugfucker mix (one that’s elegant and by turns intimate and epic) recorded live at this past summer’s Coachella festival. That’s right—they played freakin’ Coachella!
Thugfucker plays the Blkmarket Membership Boat Party Saturday, September 14.
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