Best parties in NYC this month
It's been a decade of strobe-lit, day-glo opulence at NYC's most over-the-top EDM and House festival. Celebrate at the most lit edition yet, with Kaskade, Tiesto, 3LAU, Zed's Dead, Gramatik and Marshmello hitting four stages over three days.
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.
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.
The German vinyl expert is a member of the Cómeme records crew, known for its limitless freedom of style. Expect an eclectic, punishing set spanning slow-mo acid, industrial synth-pop and raw house.
Young producer Naples, a mainstay of the Nowadays label Mister Saturday Night and co-founder of the Incienso record label, teams with the curiously-monikered DJ hailing from Moscow, Buttechno. Though his name sounds niche, his selections scurry across a diverse range of moods and genres.
This erstwhile Imogen Heap keyboardist and frequent Coldplay collaborator—dubbed "the next Brian Eno"—specializes in dramatically textured sounds and pulsating rhythms (for evidence, see his gorgeous recently released sophomore LP, Singularity). Expect a transporting set from the British maestro.
Best parties in NYC coming up
The acclaimed yearly celebration of all things electronic and underground returns for its eleventh edition, with a fiery lineup of international players and local favorites. This year, the fest aims to make the events more accessible, offering reduced full-weekend passes in recognition of the skyrocketing costs associated with living in the borough. On the first night, you can find the party-controllers of NYC staple FIXED, JDH & Dave P, teaming with German techno vet DJ Hell—whose name is as austere and malevolent as his punishing sets—at the Good Room (Oct 4). The same night, French electro-house spinner Breakbot brings a colorful collection of soulful, groovey tunes to Output (Oct 4). More experimental-leaning dancefloor-fiends can head to Avant Gardner over the next few days: Motor City Drum Ensemble airs its cheekily wonky house-infused beats (Oct 5); Shlohmo's Wedidit collective celebrates 10 years of deconstructed hip-hop (Oct 5); and Mount Kimbie delves into its post-dubstep pop-electronica (Oct 6).
This local producer melds house and hip-hop elements into a distinctive mix that's indisputably alluring—her singles "Drink I'm Sippin On" and "Raingurl" have upwards of two-million plays at this point. However, the singer is not one to hoard the spotlight. Previous shows have featured her collaborating with a Korean restaurant to make curry for the crowds, in attempt to recreate the familial, communal atmosphere of gathering for a home-cooked meal. This should also feel like a family affair, as the show is bill as an intimate "in the round."
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