Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival: Matthew Dear, Four Tet, Daedelus, Nguzunguzu – Nov 11 / 12


[Roulet - Kitamanda (Girl Unit Remix) | Enchufada, 2010]

A music festival in a city as dense as New York is bound to differ from the vast plains of unshowered fans who traveled long distances to rural environs. But take a look on any given month right in our backyard at the venues along N 6th St. in Williamsburg. It’s no surprise that the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival was able to find an accommodating collection of spaces within such a short distance from each other. Public Assembly, The Cove, The Music Hall of Williamsburg, and newcomer Cameo Gallery are all venues familiar to people here who listen to electronic music, and all are situated within a block from one another. Throw in the pub Zabloski’s and the nearby Brooklyn Bowl and you have a lot of square footage. Then add a food truck lot, street art, and installations and you’ve definitely got an event.


[Deborah Cox - It's Over (Dubbel Dutch Remix) | white label, 2011. Photo of 2009 BEMF by Emmanuel Vivier]

Occurring only weeks after the excess of rock and hip hop that the CMJ festival unleashed on the city, these two nights provide an outlet for those with an interest in the electronic side of things. And there’s a broad selection to choose from within that boundary-less genre. Names like Fischerspooner, Matthew Dear, Four Tet, and Daedelus are some of the biggest names to be headlining the festival and are sure to attract large crowds. But there’s a number of other artists certain to expand audiences’ idea of what electronic music can be. Take the Fade To Mind showcase, which features the bass drum driven hip hop beats of ringleader Kingdom, the global club styles of Nguzunguzu, and the creative UK Funky of Girl Unit from Night Slugs. Or the tropical bass of Mixpak artists Dubbel Dutch, Schlachtofbronx, and Dre Skull. There’s also the mutant house of Braille; the ravey boom bap of Hudson Mohawke; the neon beats of Ghostly‘s Michna; and so much more that it’s a bit overwhelming. It’s going to be a long weekend, but at least there’s no need for porta potties.

Festival-goers must be at least 21 years old, except for at the music hall which is 18 and over. Tickets are $25 for one day, and $45 for both. For a breakdown of who’s performing where and at what venue, see below. Dubspot is a major sponsor of this event.

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LINE UP

Friday 11/11/::

MUSIC HALL OF WILLIAMSBURG: Fischerpooner DJ set with Casey Spooner, Diamond Rings, Cubic Zirconia (Fools Gold), Party Supplies (Fools Gold), DECADES, Doldrums

PUBLIC ASSEMBLY: Matthew Dear (Ghostly), Spinoza (Bunker), Jacques Renault, Donor

THE COVE: Nextah Party @ BEMF with Hudson Mohawke (Warp), Michna (Ghostly), Nick Hook (Fools Gold)

CAMEO: Reggie Watts, Eclectic Method, Babe Rainbow (Warp Records), Beacon, Dominique Keegan (Plant Music)

ZABLOSKY’S: Schlachthofbronx, Dubble Dutch, Dre Skull, Shawn Reynaldo (XLR8R), Matt Shadetek (Dutty Artz), NIKKO (Palms Out)

Saturday 11/12/::

PUBLIC ASSEMBLY BACKROOM: Four Tet (DJ Set), Thugfucker, JDH (Fixed), and more..

PUBLIC ASSEMBLY FRONT ROOM: RINSED PRESENTS…Fade to Mind @ BEMF: Girl Unit (Night Slugs) , Nguzunguzu (Fade to Mind), Kingdom (Fade to Mind / Night Slugs), Total Freedom (Fade to Mind), Dan Wender (Rinsed), Blacky II (Rinsed)

ZABLOSKY’S: Tim Sweeney, Jackmaster, Braille, Heathered Pearls (Ghostly International, Jakub from ISO50 blog), Treehouse DJ’s, Messkid

BROOKLYN BOWL: Tittsworth (Plant Music), Daedelus, Stretch Armstrong (Plant Music)

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