Brighton’s Patterns Reveal Their Winter Quarter of Programming For 2017
In 2017, their second year of being open, seafront dance-mecca Patterns has cemented itself as the place to see the hottest new and touring live bands in Brighton, as well as electronica’s most exciting acts, providing some of the most consistently on-point club programming in Brighton.
Here are some forthcoming projects from Oct-Dec 2017 to put on your radar:
Saturday highlights include the venue playing host to Detroit royalty Marcellus Pittman, Ben UFO and Josey Rebelle, Discojuice will host their first night at the venue with Dan Shake and O’Flynn. Jess Farley brings her Rhythm Sister brand (a DJ collective & platform formed to support and promote female-identified/genderqueer artists) to Patterns withMike Servito and DEBONAIR.
Fridays at the venue will continue to champion local Brighton talent with their new weekly clubnight, collaborating with Brighton’s up and coming new generation of promoters, collectives and DJ units alike to bring the likes of The Busy Twist, Task Force, Killjoy, Pavv, Faze Miyake, 24hr Garage Girls and more through the doors.
The fourth quarter will see formidable selector Avalon Emerson continue her quarterly residency, first inviting one third of the Hessle Audio trio Pangaea to the club. With a return appearance from Copenhagen-based DJ Courtesy planned for her final date.Bradley Zero will also take two trips down South for his final ‘Curated by’ parties, joined first by Cologne ‘good times’ DJ Damiano von Erckert over Halloween weekend, with the residency culminating in December with a particularly special finale…
Hailing from London, The Busy Twist is a collective focused on rejoining the dots between Afro, Latin and UK Bass music by developing a sound which not only melds the sonic genealogy of all three palettes but also presents such crossovers faithfully. Their debut EP ‘Friday Night’ with Soundway Records is preoccupied with the ever-decreasing gap between London and Ghanian music in an effort to capture the vibrancy and warmth shared by both cultures. Beyond the banks of West Africa a resonance with Columbian roots is increasingly present in their music – a link they have developed over a series of trips to the country in recent years, and furthered by productions alongside locals Nidia Gongora and Chongo de Colombia.
After two residency dates and a storming year under her belt, Avalon Emerson flies over from Berlin for her penultimate residency date of the year.
From early days producing piquant 2-step touched dancefloor melodies like ‘You & I, ‘Router’ and ‘Coiled’, Kevin has morphed his early dubstep focused sound into a unique and personal take on UK Techno. With a clear penchant for production, his leftfield approach has seen him construct some of the most intelligent music of late, most notably his astonishing Hessle release debut album ‘Drum Play’. After a previous trip to Patterns for Metrist L.SAE’ Zallogut club night, Patterns welcome back McAuley for another dose of left field techno explorations.
Task Force are a British hip hop group from Highbury. Primarily led by two brothers, Chester P and Farma G. Hugely influential in the early development of UK hip hop, Task Force’s success is defined largely by their variety of releases, the often deep, profound lyricism and the consistently tight beats cement them as one of the most formidable UK hip hop groups around.
This intimate evening of UK hip hop is not to be missed…
Marcellus Pittman is part of Three Chairs, a kind of Detroit supergroup whose members include Rick Wilhite, Theo Parrish and Moodymann. Pittman might not have the profile of Moodymann and Parrish, but his talent as a producer and DJ is unarguable. He’s been a stalwart of Detroit’s music scene since the ’90s, starting out with local hip-hop groups but eventually becoming involved with all kinds of party-starting music. He got his break playing alongside Mike Huckaby at Three Floors Of Fun, a Detroit party where a mixed crowd danced to rock, techno and hip-hop.
Co-founder of the infamous Hessle Audio imprint, Ben UFO needs little introduction, a true tastemaker, and one of the most original DJs of our time. With a commendable level of dedication to challenging the dance floor, with sounds both old and new, whilst also holding a trusty knack for recognising the most up-to-the-minute emerging talent.
Joining him on the night will be London’s finest Josey Rebelle. Heavyweight selection first and foremost. Coupled with the skills to seamlessly join the dots between house, techno, disco and more, it’s a formula that has seen Josey Rebelle gain a solid reputation both in her native London and across the world.
Patterns bring down festival fanatics & all round garage aficionados 24hr Garage Girls. They’ll be bringing their finest DJs & decor into the basement for a night of UKG & Bass. Get inside the ride for a grimy, ghetto soap-up like you’ve never had before!!
Patterns invites Rhythm Sister with Mike Servito, DEBONAIR
Saturday 18th November, Patterns team up with Rhythm Sister. A DJ collective & platform formed to support and promote female-identified/genderqueer artists. For their first Brighton excursion, they’ll be welcoming Mike Servito and DEBONAIR to the basement alongside the extended RS crew and some guests along the way.
Mike Servito is from a very special yet temporary and partially lost fertile crescent of techno. Serving as a seasoned Detroit veteran throughout the 90’s at the famous ‘No Way Back’ parties, Mike carved a career through straight up dedication to the cause. Now holding it down as a resident at NYC’s famous dancing spot ‘The Bunker’, the talent has built up a reputation that now sees him traversing contents and capturing audiences with his deep mixing and unrivalled selections.
Joining Mike and the RS crew will be the wonderful DEBONAIR. From her primetime NTS Radio show to her Linear Space night at The Alibi, her on-point selections of post-punk, cold wave, EBM, techno, italo and classic house have seen her shape a dedicated following in and out of London.
Through a keen interest in African-American life and culture during the Jazz age, Romare (named after Romare Bearden) has fused decades of cultural sounds into a format familiar to modern dancefloors. First signed by Black Acre, the artist went on to produce the vibrant ‘Projections’ through Ninja Tune in 2015, picking up steam with attention from the likes of Gilles Peterson, Bonobo and Benji B, the last few years have seen his DJ schedule grow alongside, and for good reason to.
For the venues 3rd NYE party, Patterns welcome back Romare for a return appearance in the basement.
One gig will be a B-movie horror show, the next an indoor Mount Olympus complete with cotton-wool clouds and flying cherub dolls. Their videos are barrages of gore, clown discos, New Romantic Greco-Roman bacchanals and psychopaths doing DIY. Featuring a motley crew of pirates, professors and S&M dictators, they look, and often sound, like the evil offspring of Adam’s Ants, or Frankie going to Hollywood’s darkest underbelly.
It took some persuading for 21-year-old Ellie Kamio to sing in public. Or in front of anyone at all, for that matter. She’d done it once before, in her mum’s café, but “it was one song.” This was different. This was as part of Sälen, the band she formed with Paul Wale and Simon Milner. Those two had been in several bands before, playing “the toilet circuit” many times – she was new to it all. “I’m really shy,” says Kamio, “so it took probably four or five meetings before I would sing in front of people.”
The shyness is better now. Over the course of about six live shows, she’s gone from standing still on stage to “rolling around on the floor and shit.” It’s just as well too, because Sälen’s trajectory has been a steeper one than any of them expected when they threw a dart at a map to decide on a name. (Sälen, by the way, is a village in Sweden with 652 inhabitants, and with which none of the band have any affinity whatsoever). They put their first song online more as an experiment than anything else, but within about two months it had been picked up by DIY, and their reputation began to snowball.
Parcels are a funk-pop group from Byron Bay Australia conceived in mid-2014. Patrick Hetherington, Louie Swain, Noah Hill, Anatole Serret and Jules Crommelin forged a tight musical bond in the years previous, performing in an array of projects ranging from metal bands to folk ensembles. Thereafter the broad spectrum of the members’ influences and sensitivities jelled in a unique blend of contemporary electronica and matured funk disco, where wide synth soundscapes and an electronic rhythm section meet spirited guitars and five-part vocal harmony. On stage, their live set is consistently energetic: a different, more organic spin on their tracks provides an electronic disco channelling the soulfulness of early Chic. Captivating, vital, and musically impressive.
Every once in a while, a band comes along that leaves expectations, cynicism, and emotional distance ruined in a heap on the floor. Brooklyn’s Big Thief is that band. To hear songwriter Adrianne Lenker’s lilting narratives and twisted, fuzzy guitars is to love them. Lenker’s lyrical storytelling is equally grounded and autobiographical as it is surreal and cabalistic.
Growing up in Newham, East London, Alfa Mist began his musical journey as a grime and hiphop producer. The self-taught pianist and sometimes rapper soon found himself drawn to the jazz, world music and film soundtracks he discovered through sampling. His sound blends melancholy jazz harmony with alternative hip-hop and soul. His recently released second album ‘Antiphon’ has pushed him forward in the new jazz scene as one to watch following the warm reception of his first record ‘Nocturne’ which featured the likes of Tom Misch and Jordan Rakei.
Pumarosa are a five-piece band from London, who assembled from unexpected and varied quarters. Isabel met drummer Nick at a rehearsal for a new band in a rundown Homerton pub where Nick then lived. No one else showed up, so the pair formed a guitar-and-drums Punk duo and began writing and rehearsing in the basement. After moving to a warehouse in Manor House, they met Henry, Tomoya and Neville and began a period of intensely hot rehearsal in a 10′ x 10′ chipboard room.
Their reputation as a remarkably assured live band has since grown via a string of sold out shows to support slots for Everything Everything, Shura, and the Wonder Women series curated by Lauren Laverne. On the festival circuit, Pumarosa found themselves tipped as one of 2016’s major new discoveries, with packed-out sets spanning SXSW, Great Escape, and secret shows at Glastonbury.