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
9pm / 21+ $10 before 10:30 / $20 after

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

Make It New w/ Horse Meat Disco [11/17]

make it new horse meat disco

In the beginning, there was disco.

Any good music lover knows that disco, by and large, never died outside of the USA. Disco morphed into boogie and soon the clubs of the world were inundated with house. The rest, as they say…

As Resident Advisor put it in 2009: “Horse Meat Disco is without doubt the most important disco club night in the world.” The crew: Jim Stanton, James Hillard, Severino, and Filthy Luka are consummate diggers, then feed those cuts to choice audiences from parties like Secretsundaze or at mammoth festivals like Glastonbury.

Tonight, they bring the deep cuts to you.


Make It New with Horse Meat Disco
+ resident Mike Swells!
November 17, 2016
9pm/21+/$15 before Midnight / $20 after
Middlesex Lounge / 315 Mass Ave.


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Make It New with Tensnake [10/20]


When most people think of Tensnake, they immediately think “Coma Cat,” which was a massive hit in 2010. You know it. Those steel drums, those chimes!

But Hamburg’s favorite son is oh so much more. The disco-influenced deep sound in his DJ sets is unmissable, but his productions can span from the dubby kick of his Little Dragon remix to a song literally written about “58 BPM.” He’s worked with Chic bassist Nile Rodgers, and even made a video starring the Socialist Chuffeur from Downton Abbey. He’s an accomplished musician to say the least.

One of our favorite videos of all time come from Tensnake and his crushingly melodic “Something About You.”

Watch in wonder as a group of kids recreate what it’s like to go to the club. Everything from getting past the bouncers to milk in champagne flutes to the euphoria of the dancefloor. It’s amazing:

The message seems to be this: When it comes to the dancefloor, we are all kids again.

And tonight, class is in session.

Special opening set from Mike Swells of Soundscape.

Make it New w/ Tensnake + resident Mike Swells
Thursday October 20th, 2016
[Presented by MMMMAVEN + Soundscape]

Middlesex Lounge
315 Massachusetts Ave.
Central Square Cultural District
Cambridge, MA

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