Mutual Rytm night: SHDW & Obscure Shape / Lars Huismann / Chontane / The Carry Nation / Eli Escobar / Cosmo b2b DJ RAQX

April 21, 2023

BASEMENT: Mutual Rytm night: SHDW & Obscure Shape / Lars Huismann / Chontane
STUDIO: The Carry Nation / Eli Escobar / Cosmo b2b DJ RAQX

SHDW & Obscure Shape return to BASEMENT for the first time since early 2020, and this time they’re bringing a crew: the night is a showcase of Mutual Rytm, the label run by SHDW & Obscure Shape. The Stuttgart duo is highly regarded for their precision-tooled, classic take on techno. Their initial releases, often on their From Another Mind imprint, were practically manifestos: robust, autobahn-ready grooves supporting impeccably-arranged chords, acid lines and stark textures arranged in familiar shapes, but with an extra dose of vivid detail. Lars Huismann is a repeat offender on Mutual Rytm, with his Sounds From The Past trilogy nearing its completion. November’s “Sounds From The Past II” makes good on its name. The EP is filled with exquisite renderings of classic techno and rave sounds, from the frenetic Mills-esque “Loucura” to the more softly euphoric title track. As with the label’s design scheme, the tracks feel like streaks of neon flashing across a pitch-black night sky. Ukraine’s Chotane has delivered some of the label’s coolest recent sides. His “Sycamore” EP opens with prickly dub techno in a classic lane, but soon drops the muted grays for explosions of color. Taut stabs give way to unexpected flourishes from a nearby saxophone.

In STUDIO, The Carry Nation are back. Nita and Will Automagic have a near telepathic interplay that has made their party of the same name one of NY’s most beloved and essential events. Scorching house that calls back to some of NY’s most wild epochs, thick undulating low end and a flow that can only be described as perfect; these are some of the qualities of a Carry Nation set. Tiki Disco resident Eli Escobar makes his debut in the room. He’s an inescapable, beloved presence in the city, an adventurous, ever-evolving DJ whose sound is defined by its warm, joyful core. On his RA podcast, he moves from tripped out house to rugged electro to huge, bumping anthems. “I am always thirsty for new sounds and trying on different musical identities,” he told the website. ”I am obsessively buying and searching for new music every day.” DJ RAQX goes b2b with Cosmo. Both are heavy on the rhythmic interplay. RAQX’s brings a winding, searching quality to her sets, journeying from acidic paranoia to diva-driven catharsis, while Coso keeps it old school. Both play with a ton of personality and drive - together it’ll be on another level.

■ No photos or videos
■ No phone use on the dancefloor
■ The dance floor is for dancing, not conversation
■ No glowing/flashing clothes or items
■ Respect other people's space, no shuffling
■ Consent is mandatory
■ Zero tolerance for racism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, ableism or any form of discrimination
■ Take care of each other, alert our staff if somebody isn't feeling well
■ Violating the house rules will result in removal
■ Ticket purchase does not guarantee entrance