Posts Tagged ‘Manchester’


This Friday sees the first instalment of MEGALAST, our brand new extravaganza from J. Aria + Ni-Ku! Expect extreme bass, acidic explorations and alien club music. Headlining this experimental, abrasive, uncompromising and trip-inducing experience is LOFT (Astral Plane)!

Following their first release in 2016, the queer Mancunian producer has been quickly making waves. With their mixes encompassing rave birthed drum programming, experimental electronics and kylie edits, their style is renowned for its uniqueness.  Having featured in both Crack Magazine and Mixmag, as well as an EP with the label Wisdom Teeth and contributions to the Astral Plane compilation, LOFT is trailblazing the experimental music scene. More recently, LOFT was given the ultimate seal of approval: Björk selected their track Funemployed alongside the most innovative artists in the game, including Arca and Kelela, in her Mixmag cover mix

We caught up with the experimental producer to chat about their performative DJ sets, their experience of being visibly queer in the nightlife scene and what we can expect from Friday!




Oh hey LOFT, we are SO excited to have you at Dalston Superstore! If our readers aren’t acquainted, can you tell us a little bit about you?

Hello hi friends , I am Joeli and I do the LOFT thing. I’ve been doing it since I was about 14. I make stuff that has the privilege of Wisdom Teeth and Astral Plane Recordings’ love, support and distribution networks.

You’ve been making music since you were 14?! That is quite awhile! Do you have any highlights to your DJ career so far?

Playing in a pub in Lancaster for the drummer of my dad’s best friend’s new krautrock excursion ; playing at a club in Athens where people don’t show up until 2AM at the earliest ; playing in the home HQ safe haven that is The White Hotel on numerous occasions with only the best lineups.



You must have been introduced to some talented DJs, do you take inspiration from anyone?

I’m big into feedback loops , I like listening to Ariana acapella tracks , I’m honoured to be surrounded by people as talented as Anastassia Radtsenko IceBoy Violet, Acre, Forrest Lloyd ,Hesska MICHAELBRAILEY, Szare ; Manchester is fertile atm.

You’re known for having a really unique mixing style, how did you develop this and what is your process in choosing tracks and creating new pieces?

When I was 17 I was a vinyl purist , I’ve done a lot of live “ controllerist “ live sets . I hope I can offer something more dynamic than either of the above these days . Honestly I’m just scrambling for the next tune that will make any ( or no ) sense against the preceding track . 


There seems to be almost a theatrical element about you at the decks. Did you intend to integrate performance into your sets?

I get drunk and write poems sometimes and occasionally I perform these to an audience . My main aspiration is to make people feel so included that tears roll from their little eyes . 

Queer Femme producers are at the forefront of the Manchester electronic music scene at the moment, with Castles in the Sky seeming to be paving the way. Have you found solidarity and support through other queers at the top of the game?

Yes absolutely, I would argue that queerness requires no explicity and as such most of the people that have chosen to work with me over the last couple years are at least “ queer sympathisers “ . Love and support is strongest feeling I get from everyone I work with. 

How have you experienced being visibly queer in the nightlife//club scene?

Y’no what ? it’s been alright , sure I experience some weird stereotyping and code switching ( I always find it funny when someone’s like “ Oh honneeeeyyyy “ and I’m ale drunk and respond in a fairly deep northern vernacular ) but within my surrounding club culture I feel pretty safe . The bad shit happens outside of that . 




From your experience playing around the UK and abroad, how do you think queer nightlife can be improved?

More queer spaces in cities outside London . Manchester has a huge gay scene but , as I’m sure we all know , queer =/= gay . BOYGIRL we building it .

So, what would your queer-utopia look like? 

Cop out answer : I couldn’t possibly comprehend . I’d make a comment about it requiring the pursuit of each individual’s ideals but that sounds a bit Randian now doesn’t it ?!

Finally, what can we expect from your premier DJ set at DSS?

Fun , tears , hugging each other , maybe a couple minutes white noise .Honestly I’m so honoured to have been invited.


Catch LOFT at MegaLast: LOFT, KRY, NI-KU, ELLES + J.ARIA this Friday at Dalston Superstore 9pm-3am!


Ruf Dug

We are thrilled to welcome champion of the analogue, master of the left-field, and all round large legend Ruf Dug back to the depths of the Dalston Superstore lazer dungeon! He joins us for a good old fashioned rave-up at the premiere of brand schpanking new party Mince. We caught up with him to chat DIY aesthetics, mushroom raves and lesbian sex parties (seriously!)…

Hi Ruf Dug! We’re absolutely thrilled to have you play for Mince at Dalston Superstore! How’ve you been since we last saw you for Battered Sausage in 2014?

Hi Mince! To be honest since Battered Sausage there has simply been a big Superstore-sized hole in my life and I can’t wait for it to be filled in again.

Can you tell us a bit about your label, Ruf Kutz? How has that grown in the last few years?

I started the label five years ago pretty much as a vanity project to release things my pals and I had made. The idea behind the label is basically to push a particular kind of vibe, a DIY, raw, unserious, uncommercial aesthetic but also to try and get across a sense of intimacy, of friendship – the label is very personal to me. I only ever release music that either I’ve made or that has been made by people who are very important in my life.

You moved from Manchester to Sydney and back again, what prompted those moves and what are your favourite things about both cities?

I moved to Sydney in 2000, pretty much for the same reason everybody from the UK moves there – to get a big distance between myself and home… I only planned to go for nine days and didn’t leave for eight years. In the end I came back because I wasn’t able to get permanent residency in Australia to stay and make a living from music.

Favourite things about Manchester: The enormous social / cultural legacy, the attitude, the architecture

Favourite things about Sydney: My friends, the memories of how fuckin’ dope it used to be before it turned into some fucked up right wing dystopian theme park.

What is the weirdest/best place you’ve ever played

Loads of crews squatted the old ABC studios in North Sydney and threw a fuckin’ crazy party that kept the police at bay and resulted in someone from the land management company helicoptering into the site the following morning to try and shut it down. We did a chillout room and sold sangria. That began a really incredible era of some of the best/weirdest/illegal-est parties I’ve been involved with. Massive mushroom raves where we would play birdsong at peak time, lesbian sex parties with actual lesbians having actual sex (and actually partying), bush doofs, street raves… aah the good old days.

They sound like our kind of parties!
What are your favourite spots to go digging for tapes and vinyl gems in London and beyond?

Alan’s in North Finchley (I’m gonna get kneecapped for revealing this one) is the London spot for tapes and great vinyl.  I love King Bee in Manchester and Vienna has got some of the best record shops I’ve been in.

You’re a proud champion of keeping things analogue – why do you think that’s important?

So much music these days never actually exists as physical sound until the moment the ‘end user’ plays it on their speakers – before that it’s always been 1s and 0s. I think there is something a bit important about having that sound exist physically a few times before then. Let it live a little, get a few scars on its hide before sending it out there.

Weirdest edit or remix in your record bag?

This guy from Hong Kong called Scott Young sends me things through from time to time. They are always utterly bewildering and delightful.

Favourite track of 2016?

Not a track but an entire compilation – Multi Culti’s Moon Faze Sun Gaze is the first thing I’ve heard in a while that makes me want to sell all my records and make this new weird sound they are pushing.

Can you let us in on any plans you have in the pipeline?

Selling all my records and making this new weird sound Multi Culti are pushing!!! The big exciting stuff is the forthcoming Ruf Kutz Label Nights and TV show we’re making. First instalment October 21 at the Yard everybody!!!

Can you give us a hint of what you have in store for us at Mince in five words or less?

What You Have Always Needed

Catch Ruf Dug at the first ever Mince on Friday 19 August from 9pm-3am at Dalston Superstore!

Ruf Dug

This Saturday Manchester’s Ruf Dug joins us for another helping of Battered Sausage! As the man behind re-edit label Ruf Kutz and Manchester night Wet Play, he’s sure to bring a bag full of trippy re-edits and bangers to tease the laser basement with. Ahead of the party we caught up with the man himself to pose a few questions about studio equipment, spirit animals and tape cassettes…

What’s the worst or most untrue thing someone has written about you in a DJ bio or interview intro?

I used to say that I was born in a volcano when in actual fact I was born in Stockport.

Apart from the obvious essentials (laptop, Teasmade, etc), what is your most treasured piece of equipment in the studio?

Early 1980s Habitat standard lamp. You can hear it in every track I make.

What/who is your spirit animal and why?

Defo a dog. Probably a dirty one. Dogs are cool as fuck.

In your opinion, what nights in Manchester would tempt outsiders to the city…? You’ve said previously that people aren’t necessarily drawn to the city, more end up there…

Each year there is the Future Everything Festival which always has an excellent musical programme and every other year we have the Manchester International Festival – these are both world quality, unique events that truly have an international appeal.

What is the tape cassette you’ve managed to hang on the longest? Or even since childhood?

It’s probably a computer game rather than an audio cassette you know… Horace Goes Skiing for ZX Spectrum is probably the oldest!

What’s the weirdest (either in your book or anyone else’s) re-edit you’ve done or released on Ruf Kutz?

I re-edited Dire Straits – Private Investigations into a moody balearic thunderstorm sunset epic…

If you had a time machine and could visit any dancefloor anywhere/anywhen, where would you go dancing?

Paradise Garage 1985 I reckon.

What will you bring to the Superstore basement for Battered Sausage?

A sense of adventure.

Join Ruf Dug at Battered Sausage alongside Daniel Wang, Nathan Gregory Wilkins and Julian Murariu on Saturday 8th November at Dalston Superstore from 9pm – 3am.

10 Awesome CHERYL Moments

This Saturday we welcome Brooklyn cult party-starters CHERYL to Dalston Superstore for a rare London knees-up. Theme-party-obsessives, the gang are sure to bring their unique brand of weird fun to both floors, with special guest Larry Tee joining CHERYL resident DJ Nick in the laser basement and the UK debut of Buenos Aires duo Father Figures (aka Whitney Weiss and DJ Traviesa) on the top deck disco. Ahead of the party we asked DJ Nick and the rest of CHERYL to pick their 10 favourite bad-ass CHERYL moments to give you all a taste of the night to come…

1. The end of our first party in 2008 (July 31)
First CHERYL ever
We threw CHERYL at a dive bar in Park Slope, Brooklyn and we dressed up with cat masks and used a lot of shoulder pads and fake blood. We did at as weird as we could and we were surprised people liked it as much as we did. 
2. Pizza video shoot, April 2009.


We began making thematic videos to promote each of our themed parties, and the CHERYL: PIZZA video was the first time we did a big shoot out in public in NYC. The New York Times did a little blog piece on us and we forced our friends to dress like pizza toppings. 

3. MoMA PS1 “Move!”  
MoMA Ps1 Move
In October of 2010 we were invited to take over a gallery of PS1 and we turned it into a psycho interactive salon and photo shoot. American Apparel gave us 400 pieces of nude clothing and we went to town. 
4. Our first London party, January 2011 at Star of Bethnal Green.
Cheryl London
We threw an insane CHERYL party and London instantly got it. We realized our thing worked overseas. 
5. Our first Lisbon party, January 2011 at MusicBox.
Cheryl Lisbon
We threw another insane CHERYL party and Lisbon also instantly got it. We realized our thing worked in another language! 
6. MoMA pop rally. March 2012.
MoMA Pop Rally
MoMA invited us to take over the first floor and atrium of the museum and project our videos and throw a dance party and interactive event. We got about 20 mannequins, dressed our friends as paparazzi, and asked the public to get creative.
7. Manchester, May 2012.


Our first foreign artist residency at Islington Mill in (Salford) Manchester UK. We spent a month partying, making videos, leading CHERYL AEROBICS class, screening our favorite cult movie (the apple), and creating a bizarro Queens Jubilee art installation. We keep going back. Those Mancunians understand the CHERYL vibes. 

8. CHERYL van. August 2012.
Cheryl Mobile
We raised $4500 through kickstarter and bought a CHERYL van which we outfitted with an extremely powerful sound system. We drove around NYC in our van (painted to look like dripping blood) throwing impromptu dance parties on the streets and continually got shut down by the police for noise violation. That was super fun. 
9. Boat Party. August 2013.
Cheryl boat party
We threw a party on a boat in the East River. Someone thought the theme was “cocktails” (which it wasn’t) and showed up dressed as a beautiful purple drink with a lime wedge, and was then mortified to find out the theme was actually not cocktails. But it’s CHERYL and nobody would have noticed.
10. ZDB artist residency in Lisbon. June 2014.
Cheryl Lisbon June 2014
We were artists in residence along with our Manchester pals The Volkov Commanders working under the name SUPERGROUP. We spent the week shooting a music video all over the Lisbon region, dressed as 2-dimensional versions of the band PAUS, for whom we were making the video. Still editing it now. Can’t wait to finish it! 
Join DJ Nick and the CHERYL gang this Saturday 12th July for CHERYL:7 at Dalston Superstore from 9pm – 3am.

Luke Unabomber

This Saturday Mancunian institution HomoElectric lands in Dalston Superstore for another riotous all out gay disco session. And as it’s World Aids Day weekend, we’re extending the party ’til 4am. Head HomoElectric honcho Luke Unabomber, a man apparently not a fan of the lowercase letter, recently sat down to answer some of our burning questions…

Tell us 3 words that sum up why you love Manchester?


Something musically good always seems to be coming out of the city- what’s your top tip for the Next Big Thing?


If you were taking Dalston Superstore on a date in your own fair city, where would you be taking us and what would be drinking?


What’s the one record that never leaves the bag?


You’re known for penning the VV Right & VV Wrong column in Jockey Slut… what are your current vv rights and vv wrongs?



You play at Superstore quite a bit for a non-Londoner and you bring HomoElectric here often…. what is it you like so much about us?


What’s your most missed defunct night?


If you had a time machine and you could go back to any dancefloor anywhen/anywhere, where would you be setting the dials to?


What’s the most embarrassing record in your collection?


What can we expect from HomoElectric on the 30th?


Join Luke Unabomber this Saturday 30th November for Homoelectric at Dalston Superstore from 9pm – 4am.

DJ Paulette

That fallen angel of the north DJ Paulette joins us at our bank holiday Sunday Service for Sister Pantychrist! She joins a long list of ex-nuns at Dalston Superstore, including Nimmo & The Gauntletts, Cathal, Elena Colombi, Bisoux, Squeaky and Elma Wolf who between them all will keep your praying for the party to never end. 

As one of the residents at seminal gay Manchester night Flesh, like her former cohorts Dave Kendrick, Princess Julia and Guy Williams among others, Paulette has since gone on to be a successful DJ, at Ministry Of Sound, across Ibiza with her own Bang parties, and even as a presenter on the radio and TV. We quizzed her on her past, present and future in dance…

You were a resident at the legendary Hacienda- what is your favourite memory from that time?

From Murray & Vern’s fashion shows where my lilac pearlised rubber catsuit split just as I started some complicated choreography involving lots of bending on the runway, to start to finish marathon all night disco, soul and house vinyl sets on a guerilla Technics set up in the sweatiest, sleaziest basement – I have so many happy memories. 

If I have to choose, then it’s a toss up between being shown how best to beat match by clapping along to the track by Princess Julia in the Gay Traitor Bar, or by being watched doing a showstopping lip synch to Donna Summer’s ‘I Feel Love’ (Masters At Work remix) by James Horrocks and Thomas Foley of React Records and then being asked to DJ at their ‘Garage’ night (alongside Steven Sharp, Rachel Auburn and Princess Julia) which was then held at Heaven on Friday nights.

What made Flesh such an important and still referenced party?

It was the mix of everything and everyone that made it so special. From flyer design to party themes to DJs and performers and most of all the fervent, loyal clubbers. Paul Cons and Lucy Scher put every effort into creating an unforgettable party and an ambiance that was unparalleled in clubland. Flesh was simultaneously a super stylish, uber-hedonistic, monthly mid-week party for music loving lesbians, gays and their friends at one of the best clubs in the world.  All the DJs, artists and promoters involved were the best in their field and have gone on to do such fabulous things since – Tim Lennox, Dave Kendrick, Kath Mc Dermott, Guy Williams and myself.

Why is Manchester such as fertile place for music?

It’s in the blood. And because it rains so much? You can’t go wrong with that combination.

You’re now based in France- what precipitated that move? Life changes or were you attracted to the music scene over there?

Ha ha, I was based in France for nearly nine years but I’ve moved again. I am now based in Ibiza! The move was prompted because I wanted to get  more involved musically and clubwise in the deep house scene, and the opportunities and contacts I was seeking are more easily found and connected to here. There has also a major personal change in my life which tipped the balance and since I didn’t like the direction Parisian/French life was taking I decided it was a good time to hang up my Parisian beret and don a sombrero for the foreseeable future.

What makes Paulette go “Bang” so to speak?

A bumping beat, a funky, phat bassline and a sexy lover. Oh and the always tricky combination of high heels and wide legged pants…

You’ve expressed your desire to have a proper radio show… who would have as your first guest on your new dream show and why?

Good question. I would love to have a Prince and Stevie Wonder sandwich.  Their knowledge, talent, experience and music is timeless and unparalleled. Without them my music collection would have a humungous hole.

Where is your favourite dancefloor in the world for atmosphere, crowd, soundsystem, outfits, dancing skills- the full works!

Strangely there is no one club that covers all these bases for me.  My favourite dancefloors are Showcase in Paris or DC10 in Ibiza. My favourite soundsystem is the small room in DC10 (the big room is way too loud – so loud that it knocked my watch out of whack for over a week. Cartiers so rarely lose time and it stopped it stone dead.) I love 4 Elements in Paris where I do my Bang night as the atmosphere is always festive. Outfits? Hmmmm – believe it or not I don’t really think of dress when I go to a club.  It’s not that important to me.

What are your summer Ibiza plans?

My summer Ibiza plans are just taking shape now.  I have the opening party of Privilege on June 7th – playing in the Vista Club in a back to back with Iban Mendoza, and in warm up to Jaymo and Andy George – all of whom I LOVE! Then I have a few dates as resident in the Vista Club, boat parties for Smartie Party and a few dates at KM5 already lined up.  I am in negotiations also with Hed Kandi to play a few dates at their residency at Hotel Santos in Playa D’En Bossa.

You’re playing at Sister Pantychrist as our fallen angel special guest. What’s the most Good Samaritanesque heavenly act you’ve ever committed?

I do try to do at least one Good Samaritanesque deed every day and I am very much someone who facilitates introductions and connections. We drove some friends home to Talamanca yesterday when their car broke down on our drive – it’s the other side of the island to where we live. Recently though I went to excessive lengths to get one of my nephew’s a job in Leeds when he started his university course and pulled every string possible to get another one of my nephews a Montpellier football strip for his birthday. Oh and I sneakily let our cat Luna eat Bubu’s (our other cat’s) breakfast this morning though. She looked hungrier…

What will you play to take the Superstore dancefloor to celestial heights?

Jaymo & Andy George – Remember – Moda Black

Dansson & Marlon Hoffstadt – Shake That  – Play It Down

Benoit & Sergio – $100 Bill – Hot Creations

Stefano Ritteri – Nothing Stays The Same – Defected 

Join DJ Paulette on Sunday 26th May at Dalston Superstore for Sister Pantychrist from 9pm – 4:30am.

Jamie Bull

HomoElectric started back in the late ’90s as a queer spin-off from legendary Mancunian disco Electric Chair and is currently headed by the inspirational Luke Unabomber and resident deejay Jamie Bull. In recent years they have taken their club for a spin in East London with hugely successful residencies at The Shacklewell Arms and Dalston Superstore. Body Talk resident Rokk chatted to Jamie about music, nightlife and the sound of E minor…

Rokk: What was the first record you remember buying?

Jamie: My first album was Abba ‘Super Trouper’ (such a cliché, sorry). I was four at the time and I distinctly remember the man behind the counter asking me if I wanted it on record or cassette. I chose cassette, and I still have it.

Rokk: How did HomoElectric come about?

Jamie: I think HomoElectric started for two reasons. Firstly, as a reaction to an increasingly commercial and homogonised gay scene. Musically it had lost its ‘underground’. There was a feeling that previous gay generations had their own great underground music scenes… the ‘70s had disco, the ‘80s had Hi-NRG and proto house. What did we have? Britney? Secondly, it wanted to disregard the notion that on a Saturday night your straight mates went to club X, and your gay mates went to club Y. We were after something more inclusive.

Rokk: What does love feel like?

Jamie: Love feels like an E Minor chord, some cowbells, and a smile from a stranger.

Rokk: Describe your perfect night out…

Jamie: Hours of dancing to E minor chords, cowbells, and smiling at strangers. Do you see a pattern here….?!

Rokk: What’s the worst thing you’ve been asked while DJing?

Jamie: The most insulting one was when a girl said to me “Can you play something different because it makes me want to open a vein.” I asked her what she would prefer to hear, she replied “Rick Astley.”

Rokk: How did you get into DJing?

Jamie: I was seduced by my first visit to a nightclub. I went to an under 18’s night, I was 14 at the time and loved hearing the 12″ versions of the current hits. Whilst everyone else spent their time snogging I spent the night peering into the DJ booth. By the time I was legally old enough to be in a club I had learned how to mix and harvested a record collection. I got my first proper gig at Uni in the Students Union’s nightclub. It’s all I’ve ever wanted to do and being in nightclubs is where I feel at home.

Rokk: What can we expect from HomoElectric in the future?

Jamie: 2013 will bring change in location for the Manchester nights as our venue Legends is being demolished. As for London, I’m remaining tight-lipped for now, but it will be focusing on building on the success it’s having.

Rokk: Name your Top Ten HomoElectric tracks?

Jamie: My top 10 HomoElectric tracks of all time are (in no particular order)…

Todd Terje – Eurodans

Nick Chacona & Anthony Mansfield – Oh Snap (Greg Wilson remix)

Jackie Moore – This Time Baby

Simian Mobile Disco – Cruel Intentions

The Units – High Pressure Days (Rory Phillips mix)

Ronnie Dyson – It’s All Over Your Face

Maya Jane Coles – What They Say (Dyed Soundorom remix)

Oliver $ – Doin Ya Thang

Sana Doris – Pseudo Wind

The Pointer Sisters – Automatic

Jamie Bull plays Body Talk on Saturday 18th August alongside DJ Rokk, Tristan Reed and Charlie Bones from 9pm – 3am.

Justin Robertson

We are thrilled to welcome Justin Robertson into the basement for his Superstore debut as part of Back to Back’s Friday night lineup. We persuaded our good friend Johnno Burgess – captain of the good ship Bugged Out! – to pose some searching questions for him…

Johnno: What do you remember most about the clubs you went to prior to you taking up DJing? 

Justin: Ha! It was all very fashiony pre acid house, lots of jazz suites in Manchester, a lot of complicated dancing to early house, hip hop and go go. I remember wearing a lot of Soviet badges and Doc Martins! Then E arrived and we all went nuts.

You have been a DJ for over 20 years now. What’s the best night you have had in that time? 

Wow so many to choose from, in the early years it was the last night of Most Excellent at the State, which is part of Legend. The club itself had a magic vibe, once being the home of the Twisted Wheel, the last night there was intense , insane, the chems banging tambourines and a lot of piano anthems! Clubs are still my home, and continue to be inspiring, I had a cracking night at 2022 in Manchester last week, and The Warehouse Project is probably the best club experience around at the moment, always a joy.

Your recording career has been varied, even taking you on to TOTP in the 90s. What three tunes are you most proud of?

Bjork – Big Time Sensuality remix is up there, it seemed to come together quite well, a techno dub excursion, and Bjork’s voice is just so amazing!

 Lionrock – Packet Of Peace- I thought we were quite inventive and this one pulls together some interesting and diverse styles.

The Deadstock 33s – Tic Tic Toc- its a new one, and my favourite thing I’ve ever done…wonky and psychy.

You have recorded under many pseudonyms in your time, any you have regretted? 

Oh yes I’ve done a few odd things in my time, some times I’ve tried some schizophrenic stuff in the past, some just didn’t work… my indie hop song about Uri Geller wasn’t great.

The new Deadstock 33s stuff is ace, what tune/remix should every discerning DJ have in their box? 

Thank you, yes it’s going very well, I have two EPs coming out in May for Batty Bass and Join Our Club that I’m very pleased with: wonky acid business. I think the Justice remix sounds pretty cool and the remix for Erol Alkan and Boys Noize really cemented the sound in my head. I have a pretty cool 8 minute psychedelic re-work of Paul Weller that’s quite nice!

What can we expect at Superstore this week?

Jacking to the max, with some outerspace flourishes.

Most importantly, as a man of sartorial cool, what will you be wearing to the sweatbox?

I’m favouring the demobed service man gets involved with an outlaw biker gang look at the moment!

Justin Robertson plays Back To Back at Dalston Superstore tonight Friday 11th May from 9pm – 3am alongside Kezokichi, Jamie D Winter, PressPlay, James Harris and Alex Carlé.