Have the urge to party but don't know where to go? Play our collection of the 20 best dance music albums of the year, and browse through the list of our favorite danceworthy events, with house music, techno, minimal, acid, hip-hop and more on the bill. Don't miss out on all the secret parties (we recommend bookmarking this page so you're the first to know!). And make sure to satisfy that after-party (or pre-party) appetite on weekends by checking out one of the absolute best brunches NYC has to offer.
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The best parties in NYC this week
Brooklyn-based producer and DJ Octo Octa, from L.A.'s forward-thinking 100% Silk label, has a way with blending early-house bliss and postdubstep adventurism in both her productions and DJ sets. Having just announced her second LP Where Are We Going?, out March/April on Honey Soundsystem, Octo Octa is definitely one of our artists to watch this year. She's joined by Tiki Disco resident and Lot Radio bossman Lloydski (and plenty of refreshing White Label Yerba Mate Soda).
The Knockdown Center hosts a night of live and DJ sets from some of our favorite locals in underground music. 2MR's dynamic duo Earth Boys perform a live set of "moody vocals and analog gear," with additional live sets from Allergy Season duo FBI Warning and Bank Records NYC's Enrique. 1080p's Umfang—one of the founders of Brooklyn collective Discwoman and leading lady for the recurring club-night Technofeminism—takes on the decks, mixing anything from deep house to experimental techno to drum & bass and jungle. Bank Records NYC founder Entro Senestre (L.I.E.S., WT Records) and Lost Soul Enterprises co-founder R.Gamble are also on DJ duty.
Photograph: Luis Nieto Dickens
Metamorph returns for yet another edition of its immersive party series—this time taking place at the intimate new venue, Tilt—with a lineup of top local musicians. No-Tech co-founder Ciarra Black and Brooklyn resident and modular technician-musician Antenes both return to deliver their usual pristine DJ sets. Featured in the documentary I Dream of Wires, Antenes uses self-built sequencers and synths in all of her tracks, creating one-of-a-kind unique sounds augmented in her curation of "acid-laced techno, shimmering electro and beyond." Support comes from Metamorph resident Church Van.
Avant-garde DJ-composers Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin share a flare for Detroit techno as well as underground house, disco and funk, which they bring to their long-running Mister Sunday series. For the monthly winter edition, the duo heads to Shea Stadium for an all-ages "intimate daytime jam."