Best parties in NYC this month
If you’re getting baked on the beach, time your sunbathing to coincide with Carter Van Pelt’s monthly skankathon, which welcomes local selectors and legends. Stake out a spot on the sand and you’ll still be able to hear the ska, rocksteady, dub, lovers rock and early dancehall emanating from the booming speaker stack.
Canadian singer-producer Lanza, whose music suggests Grimes-gone-bass-music, spins her skittering, subdued alt-R&B on the Elsewhere roof alongside multi-faceted DJ of queer crew Kunq, Shyboi.
It's that time of the year again! The most innovative sounds in electronic music and hip-hop intermingle at this all-day party hosted by A-Trak's Brooklyn label Fool's Gold. This year's edition features a particularly underground lineup, including irrepressable rapper Junglepussy, weirdo punk trio Show Me The Body, GHE20G0TH1K leader Venus X and a host of other stellar acts.
Label FXHE's idiosyncratic and brilliant head honcho, Omar S, is a Detroit contemporary of Theo Parrish and Moodymann with a sound that jacks, grinds and grooves like nobody else’s. He helms the decks for another of MoMA PS1's endlessly enjoyably Warm Up series, alongside Swedish house DJ Boman, idiosyncratic and eclectic producer Bap and a host of others.
A member of L.A.'s famed Brainfeeder label, producer Jennifer Lee makes psychedelic hip-hop with skittering electronic beats. Expect new tunes here from her latest, Lune Rouge, written during the producer's recovery from brain surgery.
Techno's baddest twin-sister duo, Analog Soul, can bring a killer DJ set anywhere, whether it's a DIY warehouse in Brooklyn or a rooftop club in the Meatpacking District. Here, Jacky and DatKat Sommer team with Mister Saturday Night mainstay Naples for an all-night party.
David Kennedy, one of the U.K.'s most talented percussive bass music producers, is no newcomer to the scene. Under his two primary aliases Ramadanman and Pearson Sound, he has remained an integral member of the Hessle Audio label, which has excelled in the banger business since 2007. Here the highly sought-after DJ brings his mesmerizing low-end vibrations to Bushwick, following a live set by local techno luminary Via App.
House hero Kerri Chandler has been releasing thumping New Jersey–bred tunes since the early ’90s. Coming from a jazz-heavy background, Chandler was always surrounded by soul, disco and the “New York Underground Sound." Those influences shine on his (highly recommended) 2017 contribution to the DJ Kick mix series. The house legend visits the Output rooftop for a late-summer session.
Best parties in NYC coming up
This particularly eclectic lineup for the staple summer series features vibrantly psychedelic art-groove faves Gang Gang Dance taking over the MoMA PS1 courtyard for the first time since 2011 alongside members of the crucial dance music collective Discwoman.
The Paradise Garage club once ruled New York’s nightlife with unparalleled dancing and appearances by the likes of Grace Jones. The iconic club celebrates its 41st anniversary with an ode to its fabulous history. Be a part of the legendary scene as DJs David DePino and Joey Llanos spin hours of the finest postdisco selections since 1977.
Looking for tunes before you head out?
Here's our roundup of the best house music of all time, including cuts by the legendary Frankie Knuckles and Larry Heard