INPUT | FIXED Presents: Simian Mobile Disco (DJ Set), Bicep, Daniel Avery, JDH & Dave P with Justin Strauss and L-Vis 1990 in The Panther Room

Simian Mobile Disco

SIMIAN MOBILE DISCO has tunes for days. Every DJ, everywhere, plays SMD records always. From Ibiza to Alabama these two masterminds of production always know what's up sonically and keep dance floors burning. They remixed everyone you ever loved (Beth Ditto, Armand Van Helden, Bjork, Inner City) and just threw down an epic jam with up and comers Bicep. They are unstoppable! When the boys aren't laying down their masterworks live they dig DEEP into the their record bags and pull out the jams that inspire them, inspire us and make you lose control. This is not your typical producers-go-DJ thing either: The duo have released an awesome FABRICLIVE mix and hold a regular residency at NYC's famed Fixed Party (shout out to JDH and Dave P!) and throw down on a regular festival circuit crushing it on the regular at Glastonbury, Space Club etc etc. This is going to be an awesome night of eclectic jams laid down in a very enjoyable way. You will feel good forever.

Bicep

London based, Belfast-born blogger-production-dj duo Matt McBriar and Andy Ferguson need little by way of introduction. Their ‘Feel My Bicep blog” is the go-to place for tastemakers world-wide for lost and forgotten disco / Chicago house / Detroit techno / Italo edits and everything in-between. On a production tip, they have released on such labels as Throne Of Blood, Traveller Records, Mystery Meat and 2012 saw their critically acclaimed track $tripper get released on Love Fever hitting the top chart spots on Juno and selling out worldwide. Their remix track record has also been excellent with them stamping their distinguished sound upon works from Blondes, Toby Tobias, Disclosure, Blood Orange, Cosmic Kids and many more for labels such as Domino, Wolf Music and Tusk. Will Saul then snapped them up for his label Aus, with a collaborative EP including tracks “You” and “Don’t” which once again hit number one on Juno and caused the Beatport charts some bother. The Feel My Bicep label launched in September 2012 with the highly sought after“Vision Of Love.” It received great press worldwide and once again sold out whilst hitting the top spot at the stores. Room hosts at Fabric, a residency at We Love in Ibiza and bookings at Manchester’s Warehouse Project then ensued, with 2012 ending very nicely for the duo who came in at 32 on the Resident Advisor End Of Year DJ Poll.

2013 saw Bicep tour globally, including dates in North & South America, Australia, Asia and Dubai. With an especially busy summer packed full of festivals. Between gigs, Bicep were hard at work in the studio and had a string of successful releases beginning with Stash on Aus. Which was followed by a collaboration with production heavy hitters Simian Mobile Disco, and the result was Sacrifice released on SMD’s own Delicacies label. The track proved to be another success and was undoubtedly the work of two duos at the top of their production games. After Sacrifice came the three track release Satisfy, the second release on Feel My Bicep records. Like the first release on the Feel My Bicep label, FMB002 provided to be a huge hit, gaining radio and DJ support world wide as well as selling out. Bicep also showed their ability to rework a track and they turned in two remixes of Aster – Cielo, on John Talabot’s Hivern Discs. On top of the music, Bicep released a limited edition range of Feel My Bicep T-shirts for which the demand outstripped supply leading to them selling out very quickly. As the year drew to a close they embarked on an Australian tour over new year and rose up 4 places to 28 on the Resident Advisor top 100 DJs poll.

In 2014 Bicep continued where they left off with another three track ep released on Aus in May which leant towards their techno side. They also contributed to Will Saul’s DJ Kicks compilation with their track Nova. This was then followed up with a remix for London based party and label Tief. During this time the Feel My Bicep events grew stronger throughout the year with the hosting of the Todd Terje London album launch at Oval Space and an FMB event at London’s Corsica Studios and Berlins Panorama Bar the later being a collaborative event with Frankfurt’s Robert Johnson. Feel My Bicep records had two main releases in 2014, the first (FMB003) being a remix 12” of their previous track Satisfy. Both John Talabot and Brassica turned in brilliant remixes which then led onto the release of FMB004, a 4 track club 12” including Lyk Lyk, the Italo techno hybrid Poly Pineapple and two collaborations with their old blog contributor Hammer called Icebowl and Day 3. Around this time their Essential Mix aired on BBC Radio One and was shortlisted as one of four best essential mixes of 2015. They also had standout sets with their We Love Residency at Space in Ibiza and closing the Yuma tent at Coachella. At the end of 2014 they linked up with another Aus affiliate Midland and released a club 12” white label called D-Mil which gained plenty of support across the BBC and further afield.

In 2015 the relationship with Aus is further developed with a new EP as well as remixes confirmed for Brassica’s new album and some British acid house royalty (TBA.) Also a spattering of one off tracks for various compilations are also planned. Their first Feel My Bicep party in USA is takes place in LA in March with Australia, Japan and European tours confirmed in the coming months.

Daniel Avery

While Daniel Avery may be better known to clubbers around the world for his residency behind the decks at London institution fabric and weekends spent in numerous other clubs in Europe and beyond, his rising craft as a producer is setting him apart. His induction into the prestigious fabriclive mix series provides compelling evidence of this, a dizzying trip that speaks to Avery's skill as both a curator and a creator of some of the most inventive and forward thinking electronic sounds emerging today. Four of Avery's own solo productions - all signed to Phantasy Sound, the label run by "kindred spirit" Erol Alkan - form the basis of the mix, the result of hundreds of hours spent locked in a studio full of analogue equipment. Alongside this, there is "Effect Tweak" the latest result of an ongoing production relationship with Justin Robertson, another of Avery's stated influences. Speaking about his contribution to the series, Dan states:
"It's rare to be able to take such risks in a club as you can in fabric. I love weird records; that original, lawless spirit of acid house where the music is pulsing but will also throw in some mind-bending, psychedelic elements to knock you sideways and make you lose yourself within it. This mix is my take on that idea."

Avery is unique among the current crop: a rising producer embraced by the same icons whose own work inspired him to seek that warm up slot playing ESG and Neu! records in Bournemouth all those years ago. Alkan in particular recognized Avery's passion for sounds originating away from the dancefloor, something that was instrumental in Avery signing for Phantasy, a collective Daniel now regards "very much as home." The critically acclaimed "Need Electric" and "Water Jump" EPs followed, showcasing a depth and progression alluded to in his earlier works for Throne Of Blood, Relish and Tigersushi. Much more music for Phantasy is promised in 2013.
Talk of Avery's emergence cannot gloss over the praise from one of the UK's most respected governors of dance music, Andrew Weatherall, who tipped the rising star for greatness earlier this year. In fact, Avery learnt much of his trade in Weatherall's Shoreditch bunker studio, even as Andrew's lauded sets had become, in his own words, "pretty much an Avery mega-mix." That Weatherall should contribute an exclusive Asphodells track for Avery's fabriclive mix is further proof that the respect between the two is very much mutual.
Now firmly embedded in the Scrutton Street Axis alongside Messrs Fairplay, Fraser and Johnston, Avery is balancing his relentless schedule of DJing, production, and remixes - Django Django, 2 Bears and The Horrors among many others in 2012 - with an attempt to cultivate some motivation for midweek clubbing that's been absent since the days of Nag Nag Nag and Trash. Avery resides over Movement Club, a Thursday night Dalston venture with Clouded Vision honcho Matt Walsh. Unannounced friends of a high calibre feature in small basements, with the intention of drawing a trusting crowd based on the standard of music and setting an atmosphere of their own. Simian Mobile Disco, Trevor Jackson and Ivan Smagghe were among the early guests and a promise of big plans for Movement Club in the future should ensure the night develops on a trajectory similar to Avery's own.

JDH & Dave P

JDH and Dave P, hailing from New York and Philadelphia respectively, are the duo behind the FIXED parties, which have been running for nearly nine years. The duo have toured numerous times with Simian Mobile Disco and Soulwax and have recently played Coachella, PS1, Camp Bisco, FYF Fest, and at Pacha Ibiza. In addition, Dave throws the Making Time and Snacks parties in Philly as well as helping run the RVNG record label. You can catch his “Making Time RADio” show once a month on XPN.

Justin Strauss

Justin Strauss:
A real NYC veteran, Justin Strauss busted his chops early on at legendary clubs like Mudd Club,The Ritz, Danceteria and Area. Lately he's really set fire to the scene, including opening for Thom Yorke at PS1's last Warm Up Event of the year and also mixing a guest set on Tim Sweeney's Beats In Space Radio. His Whatever/Whatever DJ moniker with DFA's Justin Miller has always been a sure fire thing around town as well.

L-Vis 1990

As L-Vis 1990, James Connolly has been releasing a singular brand of club music free of rules and genres since dropping his eponymous debut EP in 2008. Yes, we understand if you're sceptical—everyone claims to be a rule-breaker these days. But try putting into words the music on his and Bok Bok's inimitable Night Slugs label or any of his tracks and remixes over the past few years and it should qu
ickly become apparent that L-Vis 1990 has been doing things just a little bit differently.

James grew up in Brighton, UK, where during his teenage years he began to DJ, produce and promote club nights. He co-founded the Fallout night, while picking up gigs across the city and experimenting with music production software. The booking of NYC producer Drop The Lime for another of his club nights, So Loud!, would prove to be an epiphanic moment, in that it reconnected James with a love for bass music, inspiring him to write his standout first release, the L-Vis 1990 EP.

As though setting in motion a domino effect, the track "Change The Game" from that release piqued the interest of Alex Sushon, AKA Bok Bok, who got in contact with James, thus beginning an enduring creative relationship that would indeed change the game. James relocated to London soon after, although the pair quickly concluded that the city's music scene was, to quote Alex, "shit and we weren't feeling it." The by-product of their vexation was Night Slugs. The first party went down in March 2008 at Camberwell's Redstar, and went on to take up primary residence at East Village (among many other raves at one-off venues) with guests like Oneman, Lil Silva, Geeneus, Christian Martin, Roska and Kode9 feeding into the night's freewheeling attitude.

As Night Slugs began to properly establish itself, as did James as a producer. In 2009 Compass / Zahonda for Sound Pellegrino and the colossal United Groove for Mad Decent were supplemented by a slew of remixes for artists like Laidback Luke & Diplo, Riton & Primary 1 and Gucci Vump. Acting as a precursor for all that was to come the following year, James and Alex also dropped The Night Slugs EP through Glasgow imprint Dress 2 Sweat, introducing Alex's now famed style of artwork and their common interest in eschewing any sort of formulas.

The energy and creativity surrounding the Night Slugs party had reached critical mass by the end of that year: at the start of 2010 the Night Slugs label was launched via Mosca's Square One. By the time James had made his full NS debut with the anthemic Forever You in August, the imprint had put-out peerless music from Girl Unit, Egyptrixx, Lil Silva and Jam City, and was already being spoken of in terms of 'label of the year'. A tumultuous first year was encapsulated on Night Slugs Allstars Volume One, while James and the extended NS family had successfully cultivated a vibe and an outlook that was entirely sui generis.

This considerable momentum spilled over into 2011—killer releases from Kingdom, Bok Bok, Pearson Sound and Jam City made sure of that. In the studio, meanwhile, James had begun to further explore the groove-based exploits outlined on "Forever You" and his remix of Gucci Vump, via re-rubs of Cassius and Round Table Knights. In fact, the real result of these endeavours could be thought of as a lifetime in the making as James prepares to release his debut album, Neon Dreams, through PMR Records. Using exclusively hardware (Roland's 707 drum machine features on every track), James has crafted a deeply personal record that, through the voices of Javeon McCarthy and Samantha Lim, conveys the story of a year in his life. Neon Dreams brings 15 years' worth of musical influences to bear, while shifting into focus the love of classic house music that has transcended all of James's output to date. "In the late nineties the likes of Daft Punk, Chemical Brothers and Basement Jaxx defined the art of the dance music album," says James. "Their albums transcended time and any musical fads, but most of all they took you on a journey. Creating Neon Dreams for me was about recapturing these elements that made me fall in love with dance music all those years ago."

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