Altær: Scalameriya / Flavia Laus / Starrk / Auspex / Juana / Love Letters / Kilopatrah Jones

May 13, 2023

BASEMENT: Scalameriya / Flavia Laus / Starrk / Auspex
STUDIO: Juana / Love Letters / Kilopatrah Jones

The elusive Scalameriya joins Altær. The Serbian DJ, producer and live performer has been active for over a decade, developing a gritty and punishing sound that is nonetheless imbued with rich nuance and a no-nonsense attitude. While his earliest transmissions undulated with rich atmospherics, his recent productions ramp up the menace, with virtuosic sound design, unstoppable power and a wild depth of field. Scalameriya knows when to bulldoze and when to swerve, always ratcheting up the tension with blink-and-you-missed-it sleights hand. Tresor and Gegen resident Flavia Laus is one of Berlin’s finest. She leans heavily into techno’s hypnotic side and tempers it with stirring, heavy grooves, creating an entrancing and intense gravitational pull. She fits perfectly with Altær’s mission, which embraces techno’s most transfigurative properties. NY’s Starrk returns to the club, bringing a molten, elemental power and noise-caked, apocalyptic anti-sheen. Auspex completes the bill. An unyielding force in the underground, Auspex’s sets mirror his vision for Altær as a place where techno takes on ritualistic, even spiritual properties.

Juana takes the lead in STUDIO with a special house set. The Washington DC-based DJ has been on the job for over two decades, working tirelessly in the US underground to push heavy, uninhibited techno and house. She’s found a solid batch of collaborators in NY: Katie Rex’s BOUND label gave Juana her first release, and she often goes b2b with fellow Unter vet Volvox. But Juana consistently forges her own path. Her Sequence party series was a rare bastion of techno in the less-than-hospitable musical climate of DC, and she more recently co-founded the NOXEEMA JACKSON collective. Juana waits for no one - she makes it happen for herself. Love Letters is back following his b2b with Mike Servito. The Bunker NY artist brings so much flavor to his productions it threatens to overwhelm the senses. “I call upon the body” he intones on his most recent EP. “The pressure builds and builds / until I explode.” Indeed. Kilopatrah Jones has a more laid-back flow. Rich suffusions of classic analog warmth, with timeless grooves pulled from disco, house and more.

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