VESELKA: Peachlyfe / Tweeman / Ana B / The Carry Nation / Jason Kendig / Cosmo

June 9, 2023

BASEMENT: Peachlyfe / Tweeman / Ana B
STUDIO: The Carry Nation / Jason Kendig / Cosmo

Ukrainian queer party VESELKA makes its BASEMENT debut. Built on an ethos of radical expression and inclusiveness, VESELKA has been at the forefront of the Kyiv rave scene since 2018. The organizers describe the event as “like a wild flower hidden in the depth of the woods away from unwanted eyes, where one can feel completely safe.” This makes it a perfect environment for Peachlyfe, one of Copenhagen’s leading queer voices. Peachlyfe’s style shares these values on a molecular level: their productions harness techno’s throbbing eroticism and rushing power, bending the genre to their expressive needs. The Fast Forward Productions artist has become a regular at BASEMENT, their unbridled energy setting a high bar for any lineup they’re on. VESELKA founder and resident Tweeman fulfills the promises of freedom and liberation espoused by his party. His delicately balanced techno sets strike a thrilling sweet spot between hypnotic immersion, melodic cheeky, old school nastiness and steely futurism. Listening to him play feels like moving through a city at hyperspeed, the world blurring into shimmering, incandescent beauty. Tap in. NY-via-Ukraine standout Ana B joins, fresh off a recent round of European shows that saw in fine company: she joined her countrymen as part of a Nechto showcase at Printworks, DJing with Nastia, Stanislav Tolkachev and more. Playing with an urgency, range and poise that sets her apart, Ana B brings a dose of rawness to the rave.

The Carry Nation, Jason Kendig and Cosmo handle STUDIO. These names should be familiar to fans of the club: all three artists have owned the room more than once in the last few months alone. The Carry Nation - aka Nita Aviance and DJ Will Automagic - are responsible for the long-running party of the same name. As residents, they deliver with ruthless aplomb, playing scorching tribal house, diva vocal tracks, raw-and-ready beat tracks and ultra nasty anthems with a charisma and control that cannot be denied. Jason Kendig elevates every room he plays for. The Honey Soundsystem co-founder is a modern maestro, drawing on the timeless legacies of Detroit, Chicago and NY without being confined to the merely-retro. There’s a subtle but distinct emotional core to his sets that seems to make the room glow. Lots of DJs bang it out, but Kendig makes the dancefloor feel beautiful. Cosmo keeps the house energy in full effect. Part of NY’s current generation of outstanding new talent, her sets draw on the explosive, liberatory joy of early vocal house. The trick is in the way she makes it feel fresh, infusing rugged classics with a breezy, hot-off-the-press punch.

■ 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