Clubland: April 2015

Thursday 02nd, April 2015 / 19:30
By Andy Soloman

VANCOUVER — No time to be wasted here; April is looking like a fantastically busy month for electronic music, so let’s get right into it and have a look at some of the highlights:

DJ EZ – April 9 @ M.I.A.

clubland02_djezM.I.A. and Blueprint bring a true garage legend to the city. DJ EZ started his career on the same London pirate radio stations that birthed the genre, and has since become a primary authority on U.K. garage, with a 14-year run on KISS FM, countless seminal compilations, and occasional fantastic productions of his own. Local support comes from Max Ulis.

HUNEE – April 11 @ The Fox

Coming to Vancouver from Amsterdam, former Berlin resident Hunee has a reputation for unearthing and skillfully blending a wide variety of soulful underground disco and house music. With previous releases on labels such as WT Records, Rush Hour and Internasjonal, this crate-digger’s DJ has also recently released a compilation of Japanese producer Soichi Terada’s music and has an album of his own productions in the works. Added to the lineup is a visit from 10Pin co-founder and Homebreakin affiliate Lorne B, with local support from Pacific Rhythm’s DJ D.Dee.

JOHN TALABOT & MARC PIÑOL – April 22 @ Fortune

clubland01_johntalabotJohn Talabot has, over the last few years, consistently been one of the most in-demand producers and DJs in the world. Combining influences from house, cosmic disco and balearic styles (to name a few) into his own uniquely effective blend of leftfield dance music, Talabot is also internationally revered as an exciting and adventurous DJ; his 2013 DJ Kicks mix was widely regarded as one of the best in the series. As part of the Hivern Discs tour, label-owner Talabot will be joined by fellow Barcelona resident and label-mate Marc Piñol.

LARAAJI – April 23 @ H.R. Macmillan Space Centre

It’s not often that Vancouver’s Planetarium gets used as a concert venue, which in itself says something about the unique calibre of this booking. Multi-instrumentalist Edward Larry Gordon a.k.a. Laraaji is a pioneer of modern ambient music, and has a prolific back catalogue including collaborations with Blues Control and Sun Araw that stretches all the way back to a 1980 debut on Brian Eno’s Ambient series. Primarily using an electronic zither, Laraaji combines his musical skill with a passion for spontaneity and laughter meditation to create fantastically immersive and transformative soundscapes. With support from Ramzi.

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