4 parties in Dubai this week
Groove on the Grass
It’s barely conceivable that Röyksopp’s debut album, Melody AM, is now more than 15 years old. Launched just when discerning clubbers were craving more nuance, more subtlety and more, well, melody from their dance music, it was a sophisticated slab of lounge-ready, chilled-out song-structured electronica that immediately exploded – and helped consolidate a burgeoning synth-dance scene in Scandinavia.
Four further albums followed, plus a full-length collaboration with Swedish songstress Robyn, until they suddenly declared that there’d be no more. It’s only singles from now on. Only collaborations when they felt like it. Only music when they had something worth releasing. Last year’s upbeat pop smash “Never Ever” with another long-time collaborator Susanne Sundfor was a case in point. “We love it, but we don’t need 12 tracks like it,” Torbjorn Brundtland said of its out-of-nowhere appearance.
What our playlists have lost, though, our festivals have gained. Torbjorn and partner Svein Berge continue to unleash DJ sets, many of which are interlaced with tracks from their own catalogue such as “What Else Is There?” with another Swede Karin Dreijer (The Knife, Fever Ray), and “Poor Leno”, their collaboration with pre-hipster king and compatriot Erlend Oye.
Add in a few Twin Peaks references and spider’s web visual, it all seems perfect for a February with a hint of chill in the air. Smooth on the grass, maybe.
When: Friday, February 17
Where: Emirates Golf Club
Contact: +971 4 3801234, website
Shaun Warner and Friends album launch party
Dek on 8 in Media City has been championing Middle Eastern electroncia since it’s opened and they will be continuing in that vein by hosting the launch party for the new album Shaun Warner and Friends by the Dubai-based Irish DJ. Not that it needs the help; it has already hit number one on the UAE iTunes chart.
When: Thursday, February 16
Where: The DEK on 8, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City
Contact: +971 4 427 1000
Garage Nation: The Valentine’s Special
Another massive line-up of artists from the heyday of UK garage, including perhaps the biggest of them all, Artful Dodger. DJ Luck and MC Neat can also consider themselves garage royalty, having enjoyed three consecutive top-ten singles at the turn of the millennium. They will be supported by Sweet Female Attitude and Rutherford.
When: Thursday, February 16
Where: XL Dubai, Habtoor Grand Hotel
Contact: +971 55 924 6496
Sasha and Skream
Another big day by the sea is guaranteed with Sasha headlining the latest party at Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE. A mainstay on the house scene, he has been shaping a new chapter in his career with his Last Night On Earth imprint, which has championed producers such as James Teej, Ejeca, Ghosting Season and Max Cooper. He will be supported by Skream, the handle of UK dubstep artist and producer Oliver Dene Jones – perhaps best known for his mix of La Roux’s “In For the Kill”.
When: Friday, November 17
Where: Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE
Contact: +971 56 113 3400