We are all friends with ravers. Maybe your little sister just discovered Skrillex. Maybe you’re dating a kandi kid who you met on EDM-Date.com—who you then exchanged ecstasy pills with while violently making out under the hardstyle tent at EDC. Or maybe you were once part of a rave family along with a dozen other people whose dance moves and names you’ve long forgotten. Maybe you’re even a raver yourself.
In any case, the holidays are approaching which means you need to spend some greenbacks on the thizzed-out loved ones in your life. (If only so they’ll stop trying to give you light shows.) Therefore, we’ve put together all the rainbow dildos, light-up fur coats, questionably-effective pee funnels, and other forms of glow-in-the-dark magic to please even the most die-hard party animals out there. Keep calm and rave on.
Looking back, I realize how turnt up everyone’s parents were at quinceañeras. Thankfully, Houston’s hottest Latin-inspired electro party, Bombon, will let you relive your 15-year-old fantasies with a lot more alcohol (I hope) and top-notch international selectahs. Members of the Bombon DJ collective all share Latin roots (and a ton of badass nicknames), and every month they crank a Pan American soundtrack sourced from the Caribbean, South America, and Mexico, not to mention North American Latino hot spots like LA, NYC, and of course, Tejas. It’s no suprise that they’ve repeatedly gotten “best DJ/club night” nods from the Houston Press, what with the Selena look-alikes, free booze, and superstar DJs from Sabo to Dubbel Dutch playing for free.
A DJ Mix of Baauer & RL Grime’s Favorite Tour Songs
We’re holding on to a few secrets about what happened on board Baauer, RL Grime, Ryan Hemsworth, and Jim E-Stack’s Infinite Daps tour bus this summer (wait for the documentary we’ll be unleashing about the tour in a few weeks). What we can tell you right now is that there were lots and lots of Gatorade body shots, towel turbans, listening to A$AP Ferg on repeat, and fist-knocking (hence the title “daps”).
Every music genre has its seedy underbelly, a world of unspoken tricks of the trade and a code that helps keep things alive (no matter how dirty and scandalous it may appear from the outside). Our That’s So Ravin’ columnists have been down… and around. Worldwide party purveyors and dancefloor makers offer up some party tips for ya, free of charge.
Pics or It Didn’t Happen: Just Blaze & Baauer’s “Higher” Release Party
Much to the dismay of a few persons, Jiggaman did not show up at Baauer and Just Blaze's release party for “Higher,” their new single that dropped yesterday on Priority Records. But there were plenty of models and bottles in the building—the exclusive Chelsea club 1OAK in the heart of New York Citayyyy—along with the two producers themselves and Jay Z producer Young Guru. Guru, a longtime friend of Blaze’s and fellow Jay Z producer, effortlessly dropped hip-hop cuts in the way you would expect from someone who has been living for beats for over 15 years. Local favorite Nick Hook also took to the decks, after dousing himself and his friends in a bottle of Patron, and the night drew to a climactic close in the last hour when Blaze pulled an Aoki cake move and smashed a custom Higher sheet cake into Baauer’s face. The fearless Kaitlin Parry of Shoot People captured it all in pics.
SUB.Culture Detroit: Mike Huckaby at Youthville (Episode 2)
Mainstream media always makes it seem like only bad things come from Detroit: urban decay, crime, bankruptcy, D12. But as any electronic music fan knows, Detroit is also a hotbed of creativity, passion, and promise. From the 1980s—when fellows like Juan Atkins and Derrick May ingested New Wave and Kraftwerk and spit out a template for what we know today as techno—to the present day, with new blood producers like Kyle Hall, Mark Flash, and Monty Luke creating forward-thinking tracks, Detroit continues to be a source of inspiration and power in the worldwide dance arena. In our SUB.Culture: Detroit series, we look at Motor City past, present, and future.
Mike Huckaby, one of the unflinching guardians of Detroit’s electronic underground, stars in the second episode of our SUB.Culture: Detroit series. Mike’s Motor City roots run deep, and he’s the city’s most ardent cheerleader—although with his rolling baritone, steely gaze, and hulking frame, he could easily be confused for a linebacker. Ever since his acclaimed Deep Transportation albums debuted on Rick Wade’s Harmonie Park label in the mid-90s, Huckaby’s been like the invisible hand of the Detroit house sound—omnipresent and thoroughly influential as a producer, DJ, and label boss of the Deep Transportation and S Y N T H imprints, and frequently releasing on Berlin’s legendary Tresor label.
Around The World in 80 Raves: Slap & Tickle, Miami
Miami is known for being lavish and tacky. I said it. I have been denied from parties there because I don’t look like a Kardashian. But, Gotta Dance Dirty founding member Troy Kurtz started something a year and a half ago that’s a lot more real than some of the boobs you may see around town. The party books smart and sexy deep house and techno selectors and the crowd goes nuts for it. They don’t kick anyone off the dancefloor until 5AM and there are no rules or regulations, “leading all the guests through a choose-your-own-adventure.” Growing completely organically, Slap & Tickle had no promoters aside from its resident DJs.
Throw a copy of Ableton into a busy Stockholm street and you’ll hit somebody with 10,000 followers on Soundcloud. Music is one of Sweden’s largest exports besides shoddily built furniture and dynamite. The list of famous groups from Sverige is forever and I won’t bore you. The point is that IAMSOUND Records' recent signee,Kate Boy, will soon be added to that list.
Kate Boy is not a boy. It is the moniker of the Australian-born Kate Akhurst and Swedes Markus Dextegen, Oskar Sikow Engström, and Hampus Nordgren Hemlin.