Melt with Tama Sumo, Lakuti, Arnaud Le Texier
The return of Tama…
This February, Melt is going to be seriously feeling the love. Back in a small, intimate setting with heart-shaped, secluded archways aplenty, Cupid is going to be absolutely all over this party. And what could be more romantic then having two DJs grace the decks that have sworn their lives to one another? In health, sickness and banging beats, Melt presents the timeless Tama Sumo and her partner in crime, Lerato Khathi.
“Tama Sumo’s first appearance under the Melt spotlight back in the summer of last year heralded the first time we really felt the night was starting to hit the right notes”, comments Melt. As the crowd rocked on around her, Tama showcased an abundance of emotion, sexiness and a little bit of edge. Her disco infused, hard-hitting style simply had Melt howling for more. Having then caught the Panorama Bar resident play in Berlin for Cassy‘s birthday in November, “…it was a no brainer to invite her back for a second bite at the cherry”, explains Melt.
Standing side by side with her on the night will be none other than the Uzuri label supremo, Lerato Khathi aka Lakuti. Her label, which stands for ‘beauty’ in Swahili, is home to big scene players such as Jus-Ed, Levon Vincent and DJ Qu, which gives you some indication of what you can expect from her music on the night. Emanating from one of South Africa’s most culturally diverse regions, Soweto, Lakuti has lived and breathed dance music for many years now and Melt couldn’t be more excited to have her showcase her politically aware, soulful style in London’s East-end.
Naturally the night just wouldn’t be quite right without a little red-hot resident action either. The dishy Maura will be up first, rocking it for your delight and delectation. Also feeling the love bug on the night will be Arnaud Le Texier, whose label, Safari Electronique, continues to go from strength to strength.
With your January detoxes out of the way and those bank balances starting to sprout some green shoots of recovery, this is the perfect chance to dust off those dancing shoes for a pre-valentines love in.
Secret London Warehouse
23:00 – 06:30
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Melt 8 – Dinky, Didier Allyne
Melt’s festive party in style…
It’s almost the season to be jolly and seems like Melt HQ like to get festive! Having come of age with a historic b2b performance from DJ Qu and Efdemin, the night is now looking to rise up from the basement that’s served them so well as they will definitely be moving to a new intimate venue for this party and who better to help get on down than Cocoon’s shining star, Dinky!
The Christmas instalment will take place on 08 December, and whilst Melt can’t promise you too many carols, it’ll no doubt be big on beats. Melt was busy representing at Distortion festival in Copenhagen earlier this year, where they caught Dinky working both the crowd and a seriously bang on trend hair cut. “Her rousing tech-house set, in tow with boyfriend Matthew Styles, was comfortably one of the best we have witnessed so she was an absolute shoe-in for the crimbo special”, explains Melt.
Supporting Dinky on the night will be electronic music aficionado, Didier Allyne. This Paris-based player has serious scene credentials, having fine tuned his game with regular slots at the notorious Rex club in Paris over the past 2 decades. He also finds time to run the house label Syncrophone, together with a record store that’s played host to house music doyennes such as Carl Craig!
Also present will be the now infamous Melt residents, the three wise DJs! The duo with more cool than a freezer, Monika Ross and Maura will be back, well rested after their birthday after-party shenanigans, as will Arnaud Le-Texier with his own special brand of French fancy.
Duke’s House, 32-34 Duke’s Place, London
22:00 – 06:00
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Melt 1st Birthday – Efdemin, DJ Qu
Melt celebrates a year in action…
Melt Music takes a very important step forwards, not just for the fact of completing its first year as a London event but also for having such a successful first year.
Since Melt’s inception back in 2011, Melt has beenkeeping to its morales, ensuring that the DJs and artists they bring to the decks are of a distinct calibre that represent authentic underground ethos. In doing so, Melt has seemed to have some what of a love affair with Berlin artists, with one headlining practically even time. Such artists have contributed so much to ensuring that Melt and its followers have a true underground night that resonates in the memory as one of the finest night on offer in London. Artists such as Ryan Elliot, Ripperton, Franck Roger, DZeta N Basile, Nick Hoppner, Tama Sumo and who could forget Virginia performing live vocals in her set and the last Melt.
And in the interest of keeping that Teutonic vibe alive, Melt will be flying in Panorama Bar big-wig Efdemin, to head up proceedings on the night. If his Boiler Room mix is any kind of sign of what’s to be inflicted upon Melt’s killer Funktion 1 soundsystem, then their 1st birthday will definitely be one to remember.
Joining Efdemin is one special DJ that Melt say they have been hankering after for a while now, DJ Qu, so needless to say Melt are chuffed to bits to finally secure him. “Those who were lucky enough to catch him rocking Room Three at Fabric in May – where he exclusively revealed he’s already excited to be playing for us – will know that this man means real house music business” explains Melt. Melt’s Birthday will be one of only a handful of dates DJ Qu plays here in the UK this year.
“Quite frankly, we can’t bloody wait for this. Rest assured as ever our focus is firmly on the music but you can expect plenty of birthday themed fun and games on the night”, continues Melt. We must stress that this is an all ticket affair, and with the first release having sold out nearly three months ahead of curtains up, we suggest you do the decent thing and bag yourself a ticket while you can!
22:00 – 06:00
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Virginia will really make you Melt
Making the crowd Melt…
Words: George Pearse
So they say when something ain’t broke, don’t fix it. And with Melt 5 having taken the night cosmic, ‘more of the same’ was understandably order of the day. After the elation that the guest-slots of Nick Hoeppner and Tama Sumo gifted those present back in May, the 6th of Melt’s bi-monthly parties needed some heavy DJ artillery. Their call to arms was answered once more by a deadly male/female dynamic. First up was Frenchman Zadig, both playing a live set, and making his debut in London clubland. With him in the trenches on a soggy July night was Virginia, the acclaimed Panorama bar virtuoso, in town for her first UK show since rocking Fabric last December.
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Zadig prepared for Melt 6 with Virginia [Interview]
Zadig ready to join Ostgut-Ton’s Virginia and Melt residents…
Melt Music are delighted to have continued their link with Ostgut-Ton by calling upon the skills of the talented Virginia… Yet they are just as delighted to announce an exclusive debut London performance from Zadig. Always on the lookout for up and coming tech-house talent, Melt’s 6th event will be graced with just that when Zadig sets down for his first gig in London.
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Melt – Virginia, Zadig
Melt continue their Berlin inspired nights…
After Tama Sumo and Nick Hoppner sent spirits soaring at the last Melt, it seems that they want to continue showcasing some of Berlin’s finest underground DJ talent and building on their ever growing connection with Ostgut-Ton.
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Jun Akimoto – Iconicity EP /// Indepth Music
Jun Akimoto gets the Italian touch on his Iconicity EP…
Genetikal twins’ record label Indepth Music have returned with their next release “Iconicity” by Jun Akimoto, a rising new and compelling artist in the Underground scene. Originally from Yokohama (Japan), Jun lived in East London and there he began to seriously love electronic music and where he dug deep into the electro scene.
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Melt Music 5 : Nick Hoppner & Tama Sumo
Melt embraces that Berlin essence…
By now it should be no surprise to anyone what Melt has lined up for London. The team at Melt continuously push the night with a distinct pedigree of DJs that are not chosen for necessarily their notoriety, but simple for the sound which they are smashing out. This time round it seems they will follow on from their Berlin theme, from when they had Ryan Elliott rock the place, and have called upon two of Berlin’s finest to share the decks with residents Arnaud Le Texier, Maura and Monika Ross.
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