BASEMENT: Marcel Fengler / STEYA / Deepak Sharma
STUDIO: Analog Soul / Rose Kourts
Marcel Fengler returns to BASEMENT for the first time since November. It would be an understatement to call Berlin techno influential; it would not be to call Fengler one of its best DJs and producers. Active since the ‘80s and a founding resident at Berghain, the caliber of his work is unimpeachably top notch. As the label boss of IMF, he’s consistently sought new groundbreaking artists to work with, and you can hear how his own sound refuses to stay tethered to tradition or orthodoxy: Fengler’s most recent work stands alongside his most definitive classics. STEYA is one of that label’s most exciting recent additions: her track “Prototype X” is a standout on the label’s packed ten year anniversary compilation. Pounding and paranoid with an earworm vocal sample, Steya brings a fresh vitality to techno. Deepak Sharma completes the lineup. The Hidden Records curator brings a molten power to his productions, which writhe and flow with a stark, force-of-nature energy. His recent EP “Union Street” shows him in top form, evoking ominous industrial landscapes and flickering shadows in the night.
Analog Soul always hits their mark. The twin sister duo of Jacky Sommer and DatKat are regulars at the club, and, as their name suggests, their sets invoke a rich history of dance music’s golden years. Thick, classic grooves and timeless productions are their bread-and-butter, but Analog Soul isn’t stuck in the past. They just keep it real. Rose Kourts similarly invokes an essential vibe, bridging epochs and influences with elegant flair. Her selections bloom into soulful warmth as easily as tense menace, and it’s this versatility that has helped rise into the international spotlight.
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■ No glowing/flashing clothes or items
■ Respect other people's space, no shuffling
■ Consent is mandatory
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■ 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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