Make It New with Regis

Karl O’Connor is most certainly Regis and it is also highly probable that he propagates other pseudonyms.

This has only added to the greater mythology surrounding the influential Downwards label that he has run with fellow art terrorist Peter Sutton (Female) since 1993.

Unconventional and single-minded to say the least (what label can boast a back catalogue free of the industry standard cash cow remix) by decentralising the focus on the dj/producer personality, he remains one of the more highly regarded creative forces within the British techno/electronic scene. Degenerate art indeed.

Read more on the legend of Regis here or here.

Make it New with REGIS (2/23)
with DJ Ning Nong
Thursday February 23, 2017
Middlesex Lounge
Cambridge, Massachusetts
9pm/21+/$10 before 10:30pm, $20 after

Make It New with Matthew Dear (DJ Kicks Release Party)

A man of many musical hats, Texas born, Detroit raised Matthew Dear has a wide reaching discography that takes in face melting techno as Jabberjaw, dark avant-pop under his own name and intricate minimal as Audion. Often with a gothic slant and full of curiousness, his pensive but playful music is an intoxicating distillation of many different influences, often with his own stylized vocals at the center.

“There are snippets of friends and family strewn throughout the mix. A lot of the vocal interludes you hear are from a portable recorder I’ve carried with me over the years.”

As co-founder of both Ghostly International and Spectral Sound, Matthew Dear has also been responsible for some of the underground scene’s most exciting new music, plenty of which appears here. Now more than 15 years, five albums and 20 EPs into his esteemed and always evolving career, Dear is exactly the sort of fascinating character that makes the very personal DJ-Kicks series so special.

Included along the way are three brand new and exclusive cuts from Dear himself, one under his own name and two as Audion. They are typically weird and intriguing cuts that tie the whole unhinged and freaky mix together. Also helping to add to the left-of-centre afterparty vibe are inclusions by artists as diverse as Thatmanmonkz and Matrixxmann, ItaloJohnson and Pearson Sound, Randomer and Simian Mobile Disco.

“I always have a lot of unreleased music laying around, those I included on here seemed to fit. A mix like this is always a good place to showcase my own productions, but I didn’t want to oversaturate it with my own stuff.”

Wholly timeless yet totally of its time, this is the first new work from Dear in a while. Once again, though, it proves that he is a master of subversion; someone who can head down a brain frying techno warren then effortlessly onto raw machine grooves via left of centre synth ditties and kaleidoscopic house music. In his considered hands, they all make perfect sense.

“I wanted to create a mix that could be listened to anywhere, and reflect a little bit of everything that I play. Whether you’re in your car, preparing to open the club, or having a bottle of wine with friends at home, this mix is for you.”

Make It New with Matthew Dear (DJ Kicks Release Party) [2/16]
with resident Mike Swells

Thursday Feb 16, 2017
Middlesex Lounge
Cambridge, MA
02139
9pm / 21+ $10 before 10:30 / $20 after

Make It New with Honey Soundsystem with Massimiliano Pagliara [2/2]

This week THREE of hottest DJs we can find are bringing you vibes and vibes and, #VIBES for 5 hours straight.

The Honey Soundsystem has turned into one of the most buzzed-about crews in the land. We keep going back to them because they keep turning it out in such a way to keep you melted.

Massimiliano hails from Panorama Bar in Berlin and just release an EP for Ostgut Ton. His vintage Italo sound burns at the cutting-edge of club culture.

They start at 9pm and end at 2am. Come early, come often. Stay late, stay later. It’s simply gonna be fire!

Make It New with Honey Soundsystem + Massimiliano Pagliara (2/2)
All night long 9pm-2am
Thursday February 2, 2017
Middlesex Lounge
Cambridge, Massachusetts
9pm/21+
$10 before 10:30 pm / $20

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Make It New with Catz ‘N Dogz [1/26]

It’s nice when the right people find success for the right reasons, and that pretty much sums up the story of Grzegorz and Wojciech.

This tour finds them headlining Igloofest with their friend Eats Everything, playing the Playa Del Carmen with “Friends of Pets” Kim Ann Foxman, Honey Dijon, and TILL VON SEIN. Their RA feature is titled “Friends That Will Carry You Home.”

Do you sense a trend? These two have lots of friends.

Come find out why.

Make It New with catz n dogz [THU 1/26]
+ special opening set from Mike Swells
Thursday January 26th
Middlesex Lounge
315 Mass Ave
Cambridge, MA
9pm/21+/$10 before 10:30, $20 after