Friday, July 01, 2005

suck my deck

by Betty Kang, PlexiPR ~ The Bugged Out DJ series Suck My Deck returns with the boss of the increasingly prolific Crosstown Rebels imprint and purveyor of the critically acclaimed Rebel Futurism compilations, Damian Lazarus.

Damian’s Suck My Deck selection is a top-notch mix by this all round hedonist, “dance floor DJ extraordinaire and keeper of the funk.” There are some album exclusives (Freaks “Tweekers” and Border Community wonder boy James Holden’s track “Lump”). There are some forthcoming treats from Crosstown Rebels (Pier Bucci / Matt Tollfrey & Craig Sylvester). There are some huge dance floor moments with Trentemoller, Issakidis, and the massive Superpitcher remix of M83. And there are some real surprises including Ricardo Villalobos’ criminally overlooked mix of Thomas Dolby and even the The Stranglers. While Damian brings his party aesthetic across the globe this summer, this soundtrack will be one of the summer’s essential electronic must-haves.

Damian Lazarus is quickly emerging as one of the most exciting DJ’s on the scene today with a sound that’s all about forward thinking electronic music and the more twisted hours of the morning. His faultless musical selection has picked up props around the world and most recently, Damian’s after hours DJing sessions at the Winter Music Conference were one of this year’s highlights. He constantly delivers a fresh and unique sound best described as dirty & deep, electro house - a rebel sound designed for lovers of late night madness, future dance floor classics and cutting edge new ideas. Elsewhere, his DJing antics have taken him to such respected spaces as Bugged Out! in London, Zouk in Singapore, Rex in Paris, Circo Loco at DC-10 in Ibiza, plus DJing tours to Australia, Mexico, the United States, and a host of other dirty & sweaty underground parties around the world.

Bugged Out began as a weekly party in Manchester in 1994 and grew to be a seminal, international clubbing tour de force throughout the UK and beyond. Once referred to as “the UK's primo alternative dance extravaganza” by The FACE, Bugged Out have consistently been at the forefront of the underground dance movement. Forever championing what is cutting-edge and exciting, they have played a big part in jump starting the careers of Tiga, Miss Kittin, Felix Da Housecat, Ivan Smagghe and many others on the UK scene. In 2000, Bugged Out Recordings was launched to reflect the sound of the club and also a series of compilations: ‘Bugged Out with Felix Da Housecat and Justin Robertson’ (2000 Virgin), ‘Viva Bugged Out by Jon Carter’ (2002 Virgin), ‘A Bugged Out Mix by Felix Da Housecat’ (2003 React), ‘A Bugged Out Mix by Erol Alkan’ (2005 Resist), the inaugural ‘Suck My Deck by Ivan Smagghe’ (2004 React) and now their latest ‘Suck My Deck by Damian Lazarus’ (July 2005 Resist).

Damian Lazarus Tour Dates

June 30 - Toronto, CA @ Boa
July 01 - Denver, CO @ Vinyl
July 02 - Los Angeles, CA @ Roam
July 06 - New York, NY @ Canal Room
July 08 - Chicago, IL @ Sound Bar
July 09 - Tampa, FL @ Hyde Park Cafe
July 16 - Ten Days Off, Ghent, Belgium
July 23 - Lovebox Festival, London
July 39 - Arene de Nime Festival, France
August 01 - Circoloco, DC10, Ibiza
August 06 - Freezer, Benicassim, Valencia
August 09 - Rebels @ Electrosplash, Valencia
August 12 - Empire, Middlesborough, UK
August 20 - Rebels @ Watergate, Berlin
September 03 - Clorofillia, Bari, Italy
September 22 - Haoman 17, Tel Aviv
September 30 - Kiosk, Lille, France

For more information, check out Resist-Music.co.uk, CrosstownRebels.com or StudioDistribution.com.

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