As Verboten continues to kill it Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights, one of the big secrets about the spot is their surprisingly great brunch. In case you find yourself in the area after a hectic Friday night, or if you’re going to be up for a race, yoga or some other random non-hedonist purpose, check it out. Talon & Claw is a new production group & DJ collective based out of BK, doing some interesting work in art & design in addition to phat beats of course. If you missed their Wednesday night jam called Outre, check the latest mix from it and be jealz of people who don’t need to be “with it” come Thursday morning.
Dopeshoes is one of my favorite DJs that you haven’t heard enough about. I showcased her on Hometown Fire a while back, but she’s kept grinding away being awesome. Her addition to the Verboten day party means they know, as well as I do, how well her signature deep, sexy, sophisticated sound will do at Verboten. It’s seriously a match made in tasteful bass heaven.
Cooper James is the newest addition to the Talon & Claw collective, and for good reason it seems. His recent podcast for T&C showcases a tight, almost fidget’y style which will go far as the pendulum swings all the way back from Big Room.
Should be a fun, delicious time. Don’t get drunk off the mimosas, get drunk off the bass.
I’m delighted to report I was recently invited to two separate events in the next two weeks that feature an actual all-female line up. I try not to hawk individual parties because I want to provide commentary about the scene generally with minimal selection, but I think this is an exception that I need to make. It’s rare to find events that aren’t just a cavalcade of white guys behind decks, and a night with entirely female DJ line-ups are about as rare as a unicorn that doesn’t have issues. First up is an event going down in Brooklyn featuring Hometown Fire stars REsy & Dopeshoes. This bodes extremely well for the event, as both of these ladies have serious talent and skill. I’ve linked some relevant soundcloud mixes below so, put it into your face. Tickets can be gotten at the door and it’ll be cash only at an undisclosed location in BK. It’s going to be an interesting night and probably going to have some local flair you can’t find anywhere else. Event info is here so check on it.
This episode of Hometown Fire is dedicated to someone I only became aware of in the spring, at a party I reported on here. I’m kicking myself for not discovering her sooner, as Dopeshoes stuns both the eyes and the ears. I’ve heard her spin nu/freestyle disco, deep house, with two scoops of sophistication & some style frosting on top. Others agree that she rocks, so she’s gotten some bandwidth to push a few mixes into the auralsphere/series of tubes for signal amplification. The first comes to us from a Gotham-based spot called TheBeatMill, it’s a free download, and they do a nice, quality weekly podcast. Makes for quite a better train ride for those of us who can’t stream during our commutes all over the world.
The second comes from another music site called The Couch Sessions. They do some NYC-centric work on their site & soundcloud as well as a respectable away of coverage, that includes design & food/drink, events and live coverage. So, kind of like me, but with actual staff. This is a Free DL as well, plus the house is smooth as honey and delightful. I like the Crack House genre, but I think Dopeshoes is a bit more refined than she gives herself credit.
Check out all of her social medias below and if you like it, show the love it (and she) deserves:
I looked up to see Guncle, the adorable Cerberus of the Gotham night smiling through his almost decadent scarf covering his nose & mouth. His eyes belied a huge grin as I passed my ticket up to the booth for his review and after an embrace I changed into my costume and checked my bag. The theme for the evening was a stunning mix of dystopia, cyberpunk, post-apocalypse & a general techy layered on top of the already beautiful Red Lotus Room.
After fitting a bite-sized version of Black Rock City into a raw space in Brooklyn, Digital Native is back with an event that I really could not be more excited for. The theme, the location, the talent and the eventual execution is a long time coming. I have no doubt it will be spectacular.