FIST: Schwefelgelb / Andi / Word of Command / DJ Clone / Ketia / 8ULENTINA

April 22, 2023

BASEMENT: Schwefelgelb / Andi / Word of Command / DJ Clone

German techno duo Schwefelgelb return to BASEMENT for FIST. They’re a perfect fit: Schwefelgelb’s sonics are defined by crunchy, pummeling kicks, gritty rave reinterpretations and sneering, teutonic vocal intonations. Yet, while their work is in no short supply of massive anthems, they always make it work by doing more with less. The icy confidence of their productions makes each kick drum feel epochal. 2022’s “Whirlpool​-​Gedanken” sees them landing in a sneakily haunted headspace, ripping all the more decisively for their moody restraint. Andi is one of NY’s chief proponents of goth, industrial and all forms of dark dance. As the founder of Synthicide, she’s spent the last decade organizing events that draw from the chilliest and sleaziest corners of synth music. Organizers Word of Command and DJ Clone push the tempos. With reputations for wildness that precede them, their vast and unbounded approach allows them to maneuver the night however they please.

Ketia is one of Lisbon’s most important new organizers and DJs. One of the forces behind kaptcha, an emergent label run by, in their own words, “a bunch of cybersluts,” Ketia makes their way forward by being a moving target. An avowed genre weaver, their focus is on pure energy and cultivating the unexpected. Club Chai co-founder 8ULENTINA is an artist whose vision cannot be contained. Last year’s “Hysteria of Origin” found them extending their practice of Arab & West Asian electronic hybridizing to a new level. Tracks like “Flower Vendor” creep with a disquieting emptiness, showing the artist confident in their stride.

■ 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