Paris super-brand, Concrete, are preparing an electro blow-out at the end of January, with an immense line-up. The Waveform Transmitter’s Léa Ben Saïd gives us her top selections to catch over the weekend.
Last March, after a year and a half of negotiations, the iconic Concrete in Paris became the first club in France to get a 24-hour license and to be allowed to stay open all weekend long. Before then, the club had to stop the music for an endless half hour during the night of Saturday to Sunday.
Concrete is no ordinary club. Since it opened in 2011, it became the place to be for any techno and house music lover in Paris, consistently putting out amazing line ups. The club has nights on every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and also now organizes 28-hour parties, with both French and international DJs. Moreover, Concrete is unique as it is actually a boat, which has three levels, with two rooms — Concrete and the Woodfloor —, and is docked on the Seine. From the back of the boat, where you can go out for a smoke, you can even get a beautiful view of Notre Dame.
Since it acquired the 24-hour license, the Parisian nightclub has thrown six Samedimanche, bringing, as always, some of the best names in electronic music, including Ben Klock, Denis Sulta, Roxymore, Daphni, and more. Every one of these parties are usually following a theme, and this weekend is no exception: we’re in for 28 hours of an electro extravaganza.
The line-up of the first Samedimanche of the year, which will start Saturday night at 10pm until the early hours of Monday, is only made of DJ Stingray, Nina Kraviz, Tin Man, Delta Funktionen, Sync 24 live, Searaime live, Femmes Actuelles (Sandro, Gabriel & Behzad), Collapsing Market, Mézigue, Les Fils de Jacob, Mud Deep, and Amarou. I mean, after 2017 has been voted the official year of electro revival, this feels completely right, and I could not be happier about it. As per usual, the Woodfloor will cater for the more chilled vibes, but Concrete will make the electro-heads happy.
For the occasion and after a browse through the line-up, I have put together a top 5 of the acts not to miss this weekend.
I doubt he needs much introduction. Drexciya’s very own DJ approached by James Stinson himself, and member of Urban Tribe with Moodymann, Carl Craig and Anthony Shakir, Sherard Ingram has been a key player in Detroit’s electronic music scene for nearly 25 years, but only recently came to the forefront of the scene. In their 2017 end-of-the-year list, Resident Advisor unsurprisingly crowned him the king of electro revival, which makes sense since he repeatedly expresses his wish for producers and DJs to blow our minds, and stop trying to do what others already did before. There is no doubt that this is exactly what he will do this weekend; blow the mind of Concrete’s dancefloor.
Sync 24 is a multifunctional man. As well as being a respected electro artist and DJ, he is also the label boss of Cultivated Electronics ,which has been around for a decade now, and the promoter of an electro night based in London and called Scand. With releases on some of the best electro labels of the scene, including Central Processing Unit and Mechatronica, and influences such as Aphew Twin or Carl Finlow, Cultivated Electronics’ label head will without a doubt deliver a dark, fast, and twisted electro live set at the weekend. And I genuinely cannot wait to witness this.
Searaime, the French DJ and producer from Marseille who was never destined to take over the Concrete’s dancefloor, will deliver the second live sets of the weekend. Coming from a classical formation, it is by being a third of the industrial band Empire State that he made his debuts on the electronic music scene.
While Empire State is more focused on producing a type of music that is fairly industrial and associated with new wave or EBM, Lucas’ solo project, Searaime, combines his passion for different kinds of music from industrial post-punk to IDM, electro, breakbeat and breakcore. Last summer, he released his first output, Casual Frequencies, on the label Smoky Window, which gave life to his own unique sound. His knowledge of music and his eclectic taste promise a great performance at Concrete this weekend that I will definitely not miss.
Arguably the most particular masked character of the French house music scene, Mézigue is as good behind the decks as he is in the studio. The Parisian artist is also the co-founder of D.KO Records, and has managed to leave his mark on the scene. After releasing two EPs on his label, Mangez Moi and Kestuf Daronne, he released his highly anticipated debut album Votez Mézigue last summer. Once more, Mézigue has delivered his signature blend of acid, house and techno, which reflected in his sets across Europe. To be expected this weekend is an energetic and colorful set that shall leave no one indifferent, but more importantly, the unexpected.
Less well known than his mate Mézigue, Mud Deep is another of the founders of D.KO Records and is also part of the great Villette 45 and Secret Value Orchestra, groups that have been playing regularly at Concrete for a while now. More headsy than the rest of his comrades, Mud Deep is especially known for his vast knowledge of electronic music and his good musical instinct, which allow him to feed into his own universe during his sets. There is not doubt that his performance this weekend will showcase this, and he will take the crowd on a trip, like only he knows how to.
This weekend’s motto shall be no standing, just dancing.
EDIT: Unfortunately, because of the terrible meteorological conditions in Paris this past month, the Seine has flooded and the event will not happen on the boat but somewhere else in Paris. Location to be confirmed.