15 JANUARY IS A BIG CELEBRATION FOR THE UNDERGROUND ELECTRONIC MUSIC CULTURE IN CHINA. AFTER A GREAT SUCCES 2014 TO 2015, HOLDING INTERNATIONAL DJS SUCH AS DJ NUKE, ERIC SNEO, NAKADIA, ATA AND THE YELLOWHEADS, TOXIC ENTERTIANMENT TEAM HAVE SET UP A PARTY JUST FOR YOU.
Victor Santana has become one of the most important artists in the cultural field of underground electro music in Spain as well as abroad. He has really earned this outcome by working hard and it sure is partly to be blamed to the tailor made and craft work he has been doing, elaborating his music little by little with the support of his label Chaval Records. Techno with roots and with hints of its origins in the Detroit movement as well as of new developments in the genre. Chaval Records has achieved to find a gap in the suitcases of artists like Robert Hood, Los Hermanos, Vince Watson, Mike Banks as well as many others. Santana counts on physical support rather than digital formats. His live format, as well as Chaval Records in general, distances itself from software and digital control and very much prefers hardware and classic circuitry. His main influences are clearly jazz and deep soul music as main elements, but also include hints of reggae, house and of course elements of techno made in Detroit with scents of the first sparkles of the German underground movement.
Frigio Records is the brainchild of Colombian artist Juanpablo. The Madrid based artist draws his musical inspiration from his varied life, growing up in and around Bogotá, then moved to New York City where he bought his first pair of decks and started record collecting to finally improve his DJ skills in Montreal, to produce a refreshingly unique sound.
Juanpablo bends genre definitions, calling on a range of structures to deliver his brand of techno, electro, house and ambient on 12”s like the Dream EP and the Lost Series which were described by some media channels as "impossible to categorize, easy to love".
Lantern stays open late. No, I mean, really late. Like, they stay open early. Like, you could leave Dada at 7:00 AM and, access to caffeine permitting, you could still probably shake it for a few hours at Lantern. There’s usually cover (about 50 RMB) but if you’re showing up in the wee hours, the Lantern staff may be feeling generous. But there’s no reason not to start your night here in the first place. Lantern is about 100 meters north of Workers’ Stadium’s West Gate in Gongti. It’s owned and operated by the good people at Acupuncture Records, a really solid Beijing techno label, who always have their ear to clientele buzz– so the DJs are usually top notch. If you love techno, check out Lantern.