When the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival sprang to life in 2008, it was something of an anomaly—though the borough was home to probably three quarters of the city’s DJs, producers and clubbers, there wasn’t a hell of a lot of actual dance-music-oriented nightlife to be had in the county of Kings. Boy, have times changed. This year’s festival—boasting nearly 70 artists spread over 15 parties—features both international superstars and a herd of hometown heroes; the later category includes the Rong label’s DJ Spun, Bryan Kasenic from the Bunker, and the Rinsed shindig’s Blacky II and Dan Wender, among many others. You’ll never be able to take in all the action—but here’s a few of the acts you should definitely check out.
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Hailing from Copenhagen, this Scandi-house honcho incorporates pop, Italodisco, techno and good old-fashioned songwriting into his glittering productions.
Kasper Bjørke plays Output Saturday, November 9.
Lithuania’s finest producer (he actually won an award for that in 2011), Basanov’s version of house is effortlessly groovy and, dare we say, sexy.
Mario Basanov plays Output Friday, November 8.
Springing from Newark’s Brick Bandits crew and a major player in the Jersey club scene, Sliink’s just as comfortable with lovey-dovey R&B as bombastic, festival-sized trap.
DJ Sliink plays Glassland Gallery Friday, November 8.
The Detroit electronic-music scene revels in dystopian futurism—but Erika adds a bit of warmth to her hometown’s proceedings. Long serving as one half of Ectomorph (with BMG, who’s also playing the festival), the analog-synthesis whiz recently released a sterling collection of emotive electro and techno, Hexagon Cloud.
Erika plays 285 Kent Ave Friday, November 8.
Wolverhampton, U.K. isn’t exactly competing with Berlin or London for the title of Dance Music World Capital. But don’t tell it to Andy Harber and Richard Roberts—the West Midlands duo crafts crystalline R&B gems that will win over anybody with half a heart.
Letherette plays Villain Friday, November 8.