BALANCE: Bloody Mary / Young Male / Justin Cudmore / Fatherhood / Sybil Jason

January 21, 2023

BASEMENT: Bloody Mary / Young Male / Justin Cudmore
STUDIO: Fatherhood / Sybil Jason

This is a lineup almost three years in the making. On March 13th, 2020, Bloody Mary was scheduled to play Balance at BASEMENT. Life of course had other plans, but she’s finally able to make her long-awaited debut at the club alongside much of the original lineup. Whether in her bruising DJ sets or her classically-minded hardware productions, Bloody Mary’s work speaks to an unflinching vision of gripping funked-up acid techno. The Dame Music is a paragon of sturdy, bracing four-on-the-flour sounds, embracing an electric, synth-heavy palette that moves with a powerful directness. White Material co-founder Young Male is one of NY’s most steadfast producers and DJs. A devotee of first-rate, slamming techno, his releases boom with crisp impunity and shiver with simmering, shadowy mystery. He’s maintained an unbroken level of activity for over a decade and always delivers the goods, both in his famed 909-centered live performances and exceptional DJ sets. Justin Cudmore never misses. The Balance organizer is known for his saucy, driving sound, rooted in rock-solid US techno. Whether solo or in collaboration with The Carry Nation as the The Majorettes, Cudmore’s productions always bring a subtle edge to unfussed, perfectly positioned elements.

Fatherhood is the duo of Michael Magnan and Physical Therapy. In STUDIO, they have permission to go all out, picking from the trippiest, grungiest and sleaziest corners of their catalog. Both are NY essentials on their own. Together, their chemistry and sense of push-and-pull is an indelible treat. NY artist Sybil Jason specializes in tougher house flashbacks. On her FARCED shows, she cataloged years of exploratory radio excursions that answer to no one. Known for her wide-ranging taste that spans techno, house, electro and more, Jason’s sets are renowned for expertly sliding from one sound to the next without a pause for breath. Often drawing from her experience growing up in Haiti, she blends Haitian edits into her eclectic selections. Jason’s a fitting complement, then, to Fatherhood’s lysergic take on NY dance and Balance’s heady curation.

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■ 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
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