Sunday Best and the Beach Party are two dance parties happening in New York this summer. Sunday Best has been in full swing since the end of May (but I've been too busy going to/recovering from it to post about it, sorry!) and the Beach Party just kicked off last night. Both are excellent ways to get down outside this summer. Full info on each below:
About the guests...
June 28 - JUSTIN MARTIN, the dirtiest Dirtybird of them all
July 5 - LOSOUL, maker of European dance music with big nods to soul and jazz
July 12 - KYLE HALL, the 17-year-old, Detroit-based producer who's never played New York
July 19 - I:CUBE, a forefather of French house and one half of Chateau Flight
July 26 - OMAR S blows our minds every time
August 2 - MAURICE FULTON, the funkiest DJ we've ever heard
August 9 - MOTOR CITY DRUM ENSEMBLE, a young German paying homage to Detroit
August 16 - TIM SWEENEY, the ever-eclectic Beats In Space man
August 23 - THEO PARRISH, a true master playing a long set
August 30 - JUSTUS KOHNCKE, a Kompakt artist playing a live set
September 6 - DJ HARVEY, closing it out crazily and properly
About the Residents
EAMON HARKIN and JUSTIN CARTER are the resident DJs and masterminds of Mister Saturday Night, a big party with live music and DJs that happens at nice places to party in New York City. They also collaborate on New Release, an entity that editorializes and produces music events in New York. DOUG SINGER, one half of the brothers’brothers duo, introduced New York party people to the Water Taxi Beach some years ago with Rebound, the first post-PS1 jam to happen at the now popular summertime spot.
venue BKLYN Yard, outdoors by the Gowanus Canal
address 400 Carroll St between Bond and Nevins, Brooklyn
if it rains (lets hope it doesn't!) The Bell House (around the corner)
dates Every Sunday from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend
food Tacos, Huaraches and other Latin American delicacies
booze You have to be 21 to drink it, but we’ll be selling it at the bar
ages All ages
time 3p – 9p
cover $10 // $8 before 4pm with rsvp OR $8 in advance
Take the F or G trains to Carroll St. South on Smith. Left on President. Right on Hoyt. Left on Carroll. Take the N, R trains to Union. West on Union. Left on Nevins. Right on Carroll. Just over the bridge.
About the guests...
Robert Hood is a pioneer from Detroit who’s often considered a founder of minimal techno. Along with Mad Mike Banks and Jeff Mills, he started the legendary group Underground Resistance. He’s a real American hero of dance music, and there couldn’t be anyone more appropriate for our July 4th celebration.
Carl Craig and Gamall are the two DJs behind Demon Days. Carl is a legendary producer, the most influential from the second generation of Detroit techno. He runs the Planet E label and has remained fresh and cutting edge in every moment of his career. Gamall hails from the UK but has lived in New York for many years, founding the Rude Movements parties in the early 2000s.
Lopazz is a producer from Heidelberg, Germany whose records on Get Physical, !K7 and the now defunct but always on point Output were among the finest in the catalogues. His live performances incorporate vocals and analogue synths.
Andres and Kai Alce share roots and a musical sensibility. Kai, who was born in New York, moved to Detroit in his teens where he found inspiration from legendary radio personality Electrifying Mojo and the revolutionary Music Institute. Andres has worked with Moodymann and is also known as DJ Dez, Slum Village’s deck man. This party will be a celebration of a new release by Andres on Kai’s NDATL label.
Abe Duque’s records are immediately identifiable to any crate digger, all-black vinyl with titles etched by hand into the lacquer. The mysterious DJ left New York for a long time, but he’s now returned, and this is his first set in the city since.
Dublex Inc is a quartet of producers from Stuttgart, Germany. They’re all experts in sound and design, each taking part in running Pulver records over the past decade. Tonight’s set features two of the quartet. Expect it to be organic and deep.
Bobbito Garcia aka Kool Bob Love has held down a residency in New York for nearly ten years—an eternity in the instable world of clubs and DJs. There’s no question why. His energy is fantastic and his depth impressive. Bob can go for hours, spanning everything from salsa to house.
Soundstream has released very few records in his many active years, but his reputation has remained untouchable due to the high quality of each cut he puts out. He’s probably best known as one half of Smith and Hack, the duo that reworked Herbert’s Movin’ Like a Train last year. His live set, never before seen in the States, is astounding.
Raoul K and Jerome Derradji are both strangers in a strange land. Raoul, who was born in Ivory Coast, relocated to Germany at the age of 16. Jerome, a Frenchman, now calls Chicago his home. Their outsider status is not the only thing that brings them together, though. They both head excellent underground labels, Raoul K, the excellent Baobab Music, and Jerome, the always on point Still Music, Past Due and hard-to-find StillLove4Music. They both happen to be excellent DJs as well.
Dennis Ferrer has a career that brings him respect from two different schools. The old house heads love him for his late 90s vocal tracks and his work with Kerri Chandler, and then there’s a new school that devotedly follows his moves on the Objektivity imprint, one that, in its short existence, has launched names like The Martinez Brothers and Karizma. Dennis’ set will be the perfect closer of the year—a little taste of the past present and future all rolled up into one.
venue: Water Taxi Beach/Long Island City
address: 2nd St and Borden Ave, LIC, Queens
dates: Saturday, June 27 - Saturday, September 5
time: 8p - 3a
cover: $5 with flyer // $10 without
On New York Water Taxi: FREE Water Taxis depart from E. 34th St in midtown on a varied schedule from 9pm - 3am. Go here to check it: http://www.nywatertaxi.com
On the subway: 7 train to Vernon Avenue/Jackson. Walk along Vernon Avenue to Borden Avenue, turn right. Look for signs for Water Taxi Beach.
On the bus: B61 and Q103.
From PS1: Walk south on Jackson from PS1 (Take a right with the museum to your back). Right on 51st Ave. Left at 2nd St. Look for signs for Water Taxi beach on your left.