BASEMENT: Mord 10 Years: Bas Mooy / Quelza / Antenes
STUDIO: Eli Escobar / Love Letters / Cosmo
Mord celebrates a decade of pure destruction. The Dutch label is an essential, even era-defining bastion for modern techno. In a field where impact and scale can be prioritized at the expense of the music, Mord has consistently fostered a positively explosive sound that hits with unmistakable personality and loads of hard-edged funk. They’ve achieved this by avoiding cookie-cutter curation and pushing each of their artists to stand out on their own merits, making them a rare buy-on-sight label. Owner Bas Mooy headlines. Drawing on the heavy, heaving energy of his hometown of Rotterdam, his sets unsurprisingly pulsate with psychotic energy and sizzle an industrial afterburn. Quelza draws on the old school. His sets keep the vibes taut, but in his productions he zooms out and gazes on wider panoramas. A hard-edged producer who isn’t afraid to stretch into the cinematic and effusive, Quelza is a standout from the younger generation who is already being recognized by scene stalwarts. Antenes is one of NY’s finest. A true techno head with decades behind the booth, she brings a level of craft and precision as well as a depth of knowledge that cannot be fast tracked. Her sound leans into the raw physicality of hardware synths, paying tribute to the old gods while still sounding years ahead of the pack.
Eli Escobar is a real one. The Tiki Disco co-founder and resident has been a staunch presence in NY for years (and years). He’s one of the most consistent and outstanding house DJs in the city, bar none, and has been for a while. There’s a seasoned cohesion to his sets that is quite special, with a clarity and purpose that are augmented by his encyclopedic knowledge of music. A return to STUDIO was only a matter of time. Love Letters is back. The Bunker Records artist fuses incorrigable midwest acid and an unfettered jacking NRG into sumptuous, richly expressive house. On his .freq show on the Lot, Love Letters lays out an expansive vision for classic dance archetypes, with surprising and refreshing twists and no small amount of embodied sensuality. Cosmo seals the deal. Her buoyant and bombastic style brings a necessary dose of funk every time.
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