Let’s get surreal this Saturday night. It’s our birthday. We’re turning seven. DAMN. Thank you. So we’re throwing a party on Saturday at the place where Love Bang started back in 2010 – Dada Shanghai.
We got piñatas, brand new visuals, installations glowing like jellyfish, and a crazy lineup. DJ Earl from TEKLIFE is about to destroy the floor with some Chicago footwork and the rest of the lineup is stacked with Shanghai’s finest. We bought so many decorations from Jack Ma that you might not even recognize Dada. No joke about the treats either, we made some Xu Dongmei cookies together with Strictly Cookies AND we just printed some super limited new shirts. Before we get into all that, lean back and peep this Boiler Room set by DJ Earl.
Pitchfork speaks to DJ Earl about roller skating rinks and footwork.
Chicago footwork is our favorite new dance music of the last decade. The turbo-speed battle dance genre blends soul, hip hop, house, jungle, trap, and jazz vibes with chopped MPC beats and samples as it switches frantically between half-time, 4/4 beats, and complex, wobbly rhythms. The first time you hear footwork, you’re like “damn, what the hell is this?” but you can’t help but nod your head.
DJ Earl represents the new generation of Chicago’s sound, between jazz and funk tunes, devilish synthesizers, unstructured hip hop samples, heavy sub basses and mesmerizing snares. He’s released on prestigious record labels such as Hyperdub and Planet Mu and he dropped his debut LP Open Your Eyes on TEKLIFE in 2016 to much acclaim. Now based in Miami, Earl has lit up dance floors from the Chicago roller rinks and dance studios where footwork began to Fabric London, Boiler Room, Amsterdam Dance Event, and just last week, a wild tour playing footwork around India. He’s been involved in this music since his early teenage years and dude has serious skills on CDJs.
Heavy support coming from…
Hyph11e (Genome 6.66 Mbp) B2B Swimful (SVBKVLT)
Playing back-to-back for the first time ever, two of Shanghai’s finest grime and bass producers are dropping a bunch of original productions that have gotten played everywhere from Rinse FM in London to Berghain Club in Berlin. Swimful’s new EP Pearls drops next weekend on SVBKVLT and hopefully we’ll get to hear some of that on Saturday.
Zean (Push & Pull)
We’ve known Zean since he was a beatboxer known as Dirtymouth just learning how to make beats. Now just a few years later, he’s sitting on a mountain of unreleased fire. His B2B set with Conrank at Boiler Room Shanghai did the city proud and he’s gonna keep this night going super late.
Pinball Lizard (?????)
WHO IS THE PINBALL LIZARD?? YOU GOTTA COME FIND OUT. HE NEVER PLAYS OUT. HE IS A LEGEND.
Exclusive Love Bang Drops Available On The Night
Love Bang x Strictly Cookies “Xu Dongmei Cookie”
Love Bang “Ting Bu Dong Shirt”
This party starts early at 8pm and it might sell out so get down early. 60rmb before midnight, 80rmb after. No pre-sales, but the first 100 people get a free sticker pack. See you there.