We wave goodbye to the ‘summer’ (rain, cold, clouds) with a new venue and a new beginning - DropOut. Leaving our Newington roots, we’re launching ourselves straight into Shoreditch, at the finest old-school venue of the lot, the Horse And Groom. Nestled at the bottom of Curtain Road, it may appear like another city boozer, but inside is a newly-installed sound system, and two rooms perfect for unreconstructed raving.
We’ll be taking over the top room, for the next chapter in our mission to provide the simple things to London’s clubbers – cutting-edge music, retro surroundings and unpretentious punters. The nights may be colder, but the music’s warm and inviting, providing another chunk of weather-proof enjoyment. This month, the guest slot goes to Aussie hot-shot producer and former Turnmills regular Mark Sun.
One thing that remains untainted: DropOut’s commitment to shit-hot music, free from inflated egos and outrageous riders. It’s not about out-of-touch superstar DJs, or chrome-filled impersonal dancefloors, but getting back to basic, good quality house and techno in an intimate venue. In 2008 pubs are the new clubs (so we say) so head down to the Horse And Groom in Curtain road on November 22nd, turn on, tune in and DropOut.
Mark Sun/ guest
Mark’s a long-time Londoner, uprooted from his native Australia and into the middle of the capital’s nightlife, where he’s had a flourishing DJing and production career. A former Future Hero at the legendary Gallery, he’s also had releases on Fakt, Shiva, Cubism and Playtime, with Dawnlight featuring on the hallowed airwaves of Radio 1. After a break recharging his batteries on a round the world trip, 2008 is in the midst of a triumphant return.
Guy Hornsby/ resident
Guy’s fifteen-year love affair with house music has taken him on a winding path through sub-genres, numerous fashion crimes and many of the country’s best-loved dancefloors. In the ninth year of his DJ career, he’s firmly settled on a blend of deep, groovy and techy house, always aimed at moving feet, not stroking chins. There’s a new remix forthcoming on Libertass Music in the winter in a production career that’s slowly gaining momentum. It is, as they say, a marathon, not a sprint.
Stef-Jam cut their teeth in Leeds influenced by the deep grooves at back to basics and the electronic sounds of technique. Taking their inspiration from this they formed a DJing duo that focuses on four-to-the-floor grooves that jack and rise. Combine this sound with four hands on the controls to ensure full aural pleasure and a smattering of FX. Look out for Stef-Jam's forthcoming debut track in late ‘08.
It’s a free all night, so get down from 10 and get amongst it. Check out our Facebook group for details and banter.
Come and get involved. DropOut.
Saturday 22nd November 2008
The Horse and Groom,
28 Curtain Road,
London EC2A 3NZ
FREE all night.