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The best acts to see at Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival 2015

The annual multivenue festival returns to Brooklyn's best night clubs for a two-day electronic-dance-music powwow

By Vivienne van Vliet and Christopher Tarantino

Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival once again descends upon multiple venues and clubs in NYC to host some of our favorite underground dance music DJs. One of the best things to in the fall, the festival is filled with excellent parties over three music-filled days. Check out our top picks for this year's BEMF below.

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Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival 2015

Soul Clap
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1. Masters At Work + Soul Clap


NYC house and garage veterans Little Louie Vega and Kenny “Dope” Gonzalez meet Boston funk-and-soul overlords Soul Clap—E-Lyte and Lonely C—for a perfect pairing of terrible twosomes. The heavy-hitting duos have spun together elsewhere (most recently at Miami’s Winter Music Conference) and fit together incredibly well, so expectations are high for their first gig in NYC.

2. Blkmarket Membership: Eats Everything


The party-starting Bristol, U.K.-based DJ-producer Eats Everything, otherwise known as Daniel Pearce (who, ironically, seems to have a slightly less healthy appetite these days) has rocketed through the DJ ranks with a far-reaching sound that takes in deep house, bass music, rave and much, much more. Germany's minimal house man Sven Weisemann joins.

Photograph: Luis Nieto Dickens (Instagram: @nietodickens)

3. Umfang


Emma Olson knows a thing or two about the electronic music industry. She's one of the founders of Brooklyn collective Discwoman and organizes the recurring club-night Technofeminism and is easily one of NYC's most talented, visible and busy female DJs. Unafraid of traversing genre boundaries, Umfang's DJ sets often jump from deep house to experimental techno to drum & bass and jungle—definitely something to experience on Output's Funktion-One sound system.

Floating Points
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4. Floating Points (live)


After countless singles and EPs, Sam Shepherd a.k.a. Floating Points visits NYC with an 11-piece band to perform from his debut LP, Elaenia, which arrives November 6. The young British neuroscience Ph.D. has won fans, from Caribou to Jamie xx, with his jazz-influenced, improvisational dance-floor tracks that have more in common with post-rock bands like Tortoise than the latest four-on-the-floor club banger.

Armand Van Helden
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5. Armand Van Helden


Few earn the “house music legend” tag as easily as AVH, who’s been in the game since the late ’80s as an in-demand producer, remixer and jockey. To a younger generation, he may be best known as half of Duck Sauce with A-Trak, but to older heads, he is known for game-changing remixes of “Spin Spin Sugar” and “Professional Widow,” as well as his iconic ’90s collaborations with vocalist Roland Clark on “U Don’t Know Me” and “Flowerz.” Don’t miss his first gig in NYC since 2006.

6. Divided Love with Daniel Avery


Superstar U.K. DJ and techno producer Daniel Avery brings his popular London club night Divided Love to NYC for the first time with an all-star cast of DJs. Fellow Brit and experimental-music tastemaker Volte-Face joins Avery to square off against Motor City techno mainstays Luke Hess and Matrixxman.


7. Regis


Karl O'Connor's résumé boasts 20-plus years of genre-bending techno. Founding Downwards Records together with Female (Peter Sutton) in 1993, the two Birmingham, AL-based artists later started Sandwell District in 2002. O'Connor joined forces with Surgeon to form super-duo British Murder Boys, responsible for four years of massive, mind-blowing, end-of-the-world dance tracks. While those acts are [indefinitely] no more, Downwards Records remains as one of the most respected labels to this day.

Soul 2 Seoul
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8. Soul 2 Seoul


Brooklyn's favorite “half-Korean, half-African, half-American” duo Soul 2 Seoul, a.k.a. Turtle Bugg (Tajh Morris) and [Ctrl] (Phillip Chung), know how to throw down a mean set of rare records—whether they're tag teaming on the decks at Bossa Nova Civic Club, Output's Panther Room or various Brooklyn warehouse and after-parties.


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