This Saturday, Atlanta’s Helix and Chicago’s DJ Manny will take over Chinatown’s Shambhala Lounge this Saturday (1/10/15)! RUN, Juke Bounce Work and dirtRAID are pitching in to throw the event and will be accompanied by residents from Phuture Perfect and States of Being. The meeting of Night Slugs and Teklife has come together before in London and New York and it’s a pleasure to bring it to Los Angeles. Come Saturday, Helix’s raw analogue workouts should pair perfectly will Manny’s percussive 160 blasts, cold-as-hell footwork, Atlanta rap and the finest in Dance Mania, Trax and Strictly Rhythm 12”. The dirtRAID folks have blessed us with a pair of tickets for Saturday’s happenings and all you have to do is enter your favorite Dance Mania 12”. Whether you prefer early 90s Robert Armani streakers or Rashad’s Double Cup, we hope to see you out on the dance floor this Saturday.
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Grime/techno/jungle hybrids have become all the rage in the UK over the past few months with producers like Peverelist, Girl Unit, Tessela and more striving to make their tracks as bare-bones and percussive as possible. Of course, Hessle Audio (specifically Pearson Sound) has been pushing this sound for years and has received many plaudits for it, but its recent popularity has opened the floodgates for experimentation. Of those dipping his toes into the mix, Atlanta-based Helix has produced some of the most engrossing results, starting with “Drum Track” off of Night Slugs Allstars Vol. 2 and continuing with Club Constructions Vol. 4. The young producer’s tracks are skeletal and, at times, harsh, but also retain a certain euphoric quality that resonates in his brief, but tactful synth work. On Helix’s remix of Chits’ “Looking So Good” (out now on Astro Nautico), the stomping kick drums are the clear focus, but percolating chord arrangements keep the track from fomenting into industrial madness and it’s this balance of mid-range tones and deep low end that allows the remix to function as something more than a DJ tool. Stream the remix below and look out for the vinyl release on 11/26.