Best of Brighton Clubbing for August 2017

Fri 11 Aug

Patterns are known for bringing together Brighton’s best collectives, resident DJs, MCs and special guests to represent the finest of UK sounds. This week they bring in Reprezent Radio host, producer and DJ, Cardinal Sound. Based in Cambridge, he’s known for a variety of underground sounds, from grime and garage to jungle and dancehall.

Production-wise, his genre defying mix of British Soundsystem music has received huge support from many BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra DJs, including Toddla T, Mistajam and Jamz Supernova, as well as Swamp 81’s Paleman, NTS Radio favourite Murlo, and grime legend Spooky. If it’s bass-driven and makes you move, this is where you’ll hear it.

Neighbourhood at Patterns (image by Josh Hiatt)

Fri 11 August

In aid of the Last Night A DJ Saved My Life charity, this night aims to raise money for wells in Africa and UK Music Therapy sessions with local legend Mr Bongo and a rare Brighton appearance from Nightmares on Wax. With an infrequent release schedule and a gift for creating unique sounds, this Sheffield-born producer has started to move away from the techno sound he pioneered at Warp Records.

Now he’s utilising real musicians on his own productions, making significant nods to his love of hip-hop, afro-beat and Balearic music. So expect a funky, soul-fuelled, dub and disco explosion, a positive atmosphere, and eclectic beats from all corners of the globe.

nightmares on wax

Sat 12 Aug
The Arch

The mighty Zinc is going to rock The Arch with a true classics set, featuring a few of the monster tunes that have carpeted his musical journey. As one of drum’n’bass’ figureheads, his open-minded style has drawn influence from house, hip-hop, funk, and even a few old film soundtracks.

The True Playaz co-founder’s story runs parallel to the bass scene. Yet he’s been able to move away from a purist D’n’B sound and dabble in breaks, ‘crack house’ and garage with equally devastating effect. Ever inventive and uncompromising, Zinc promises to be putting together an evening of heavy rollers, hands in the air anthems and some forgotten gems.

DJ Zinc

Sat 12 Aug
Green Door Store

Brighton’s Tru Thoughts are one of the most respected independent labels anywhere. Formed almost 20 years ago, they’ve continued to put out a wide range of genre-defining releases.

So, you’d expect they know a thing or two about throwing a great party. Sonic Switch is their monthly night and it attracts a big crowd. Label overlord Rob Luis will be presenting a five-hour set, and you know you’ll hear the best in bass, hip-hop, soul, drum’n’bass, reggae, dubstep, funk, and tropical beats. Make sure you get there early – this is going to be massive.

Sonic Switch - Robert Luis

Tues 15 – Weds 16 Aug
Concorde 2

Josh Davis started dabbling with mixtapes and beats in 1991. Within five years he’d established himself as one of the most innovative artists to ever enter the studio. His subsequent debut, [Endtroducing…..], was, and continues to be described as one of the most important work in electronic music.

Over two decades on from this masterpiece, DJ Shadow has showed no sign of slowing down or losing his edge. Last July saw the release of [The Mountain Will Fall], a futuristic-sounding collection of tunes which paying homage to everything which forged his sound. This is music as a living breathing animal, and the years have given it even more skill, grace and knowledge.

DJ Shadow (image by Derick Daily)


Fri 18 Aug
Concorde 2

Brighton heavyweights Supercharged and Worried About Henry are teaming up again to present a summer special with one of the biggest names in bass music, Flava D. With a sublime mix of house, garage, hip-hop and grime, this Butterz signing has been smashing it on dancefloors everywhere.

With a series of original productions, fierce collaborations and some devastating remixes, she is known as one of the leaders in her field. Her DJing skills have become renowned everywhere – from New York and Tel Aviv to St. Petersburg and Barcelona. Joining her is production wizard Murlo and the awesome talents of Amy Becker. Boom!

Supercharged - Flava D

Sat 19 Aug

The ‘80s club night for people who HATE ’80s nights returns – but with a twist. Your DJs Jenna and Simon Price will be blessing the Komedia with six bleeptastic hours of synth-pop magic. They’ll be honouring all those pioneering producers who prodded Korgs, Rolands, Moogs, Fairlights, Casios and Yamahas to create the blueprint for modern music.

It’s a safe bet there’ll be big anthems from Depeche Mode, The Human League, Kraftwerk, Gary Numan, Soft Cell, New Order, Eurythmics, Yazoo, Bronski Beat, Visage, OMD, Heaven 17, Sparks, A Flock Of Seagulls, Pet Shop Boys, DAF, Fad Gadget, Suicide, The Cure, Dead Or Alive, Erasure, Japan, Killing Joke, Spandau Ballet, and Front 242. And maybe even John Foxx…


Sat 19 Aug

One of the best-kept secrets in Dutch dance music for over a decade, DJ and producer Young Marco is now very much enjoying the limelight. Perfecting his craft among Amsterdam’s underground scene through a series of somewhat
infamous residencies, he now has a blossoming reputation for upfront and genre-defying eclecticism.

Although his tune choices may seem disparate, he manages to make perfect links between everything from tropical rhythms, afro gems and quirky Middle Eastern disco to lost proto-house, throbbing techno and industrial-strength jack-tracks. Now, Patterns plays host to this world-class crate-digger. It’s going to be wild.

Young Macro

Sat 26 Aug

It’ll be another huge one – you’ve got Mr Bongo, Gardenn, J-Felix, Øvre and… Jazzanova. This eclectic Berlin-based collective are constantly producing, composing, arranging, remixing, DJing and shaping modern dance culture.

Founded during a night of DJing in ’95, the collective decided to refine their individual inspirations into a new sound. Support for their debut 12” came from Gilles Peterson, and soon the world began to catch up with its funky delights. Since then, they’ve spawned a live band as well as DJing at all the best clubs and festivals – and broadcasting their message to the world on their WDR Radio 1 show.


Sun 27 Aug

Disco Deviant bring in two heavyweights for one night of proper partying. DJ Nature has been immersing himself inperfectly-formed bass lines and compelling grooves since moving to New York in the ‘90s. While other styles may drift in and out, his core trade is in deep, mid-tempo music which hypnotically draws influence from disco, jazz, and house.

Crazy P are no strangers to getting a party started. Whether performing as a live band, or DJing like here tonight, they never fail to bring infectious rhythms. It’s another irresistible blend of house and disco as they effortlessly move between the old and new, banger and experimental. Support comes from Late Nite Tuff Guy and Pablo Contraband. There’s no arguing with any of that.

DJ Nature


Fri 4 Aug
Green Door Store

Sat 5 Aug
Concorde 2

Sat 19 Aug
Green Door Store

Sat 19 Aug
The Arch

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