Friday, July 10th • Flash Bar opens 8PM, Club doors 10
Hailing from the likes of Barcelona and inspired by both his classically trained pianist mother and the Chicago house sound, Funk D’Void brings both soul and play to the table. Combined with the more introspective, minimal, and melancholy sounds of Lake People from Germany, this lineup is sure to provide a dynamic mix on the dance floor.
Kowli Records' Feroun is on warm-up duties. A Baltimore based DJ and producer, Feroun is also inspired by Chicago house and the search for a banging party.
Funk D'Void ( Soma, Outpost | Barcelona )
Lake People ( Rumors, Permanent Vacation | Germany )
Feroun (Kowli | Baltimore)
Chemical Ali ( LA )
Trev-Ski ( DC )
Flash Bar: Body Werk
Andy Grant ( DC House Grooves )
Lars Sandberg AKA Funk D'Void, is a DJ and producer who has been at the forefront of the global electronic music scene since the mid-90s. He started Djing at around the tender age of 15, running two under-18 clubs himself – a perfect start to his career. Knowing his vocation to music from an early age after being brought up by his professional pianist mother, Lars never had any doubt as to where his future would lie.
House music changed his life, the early Chicago sound specifically, and hearing the certain sounds during his childhood stirred something inside him; the 808 drum machine used on Marvin Gaye's “Sexual Healing” secured his fascination with these electronic sounds – the turning point over to the Detroit techno sound was almost a spiritual moment as it forged his unique sound that would follow over the coming years – visceral, soulful and without compromise.
After a string of hits over the years (“Jack Me Off”, “Bad Coffee” “Emotional Content”) plus some killer remixes for the likes of Underworld, New Order and Kevin Saunderson, he is probably best known for the end-of-nighter 'Diabla' which bridged house and techno (and was flogged by everyone from Danny Howells to Sven Vath). And if you look carefully, recently you’ll also spy the name ‘L. Sandberg’ in the liner notes of releases by "newcomer" Francois Dubois, whose “Blood” and “I Try” were huge underground hits of 2006 and 2007 respectively.
Much in demand DJ and critically acclaimed producer, his Djing style is everything you expect a true music lover’s taste to be: he is comfortable and adept at moving any dancefloor, the proof being that he is one of the busiest Djs on the circuit today, and has been for the last decade.
Martin Enke's first release as Lake People was 2011's "Rusty Clockhands," a Get Physical-style jacker that fused a melancholy aura to minimal-minded rhythms. (The track boasted a few clicks and whirrs, too, perhaps left over from his previous IDM incarnation as Trickform.) But for most of us, Lake People's story begins with 2012's "Point In Time," a fantastic tech house track whose mellow ambience was catnip to DJs unafraid of the gentler end of the clubbing spectrum. The same could be said for Enke's soothing remixes of artists like Avatism, Lusine, and Dixon and Guy Gerber.
Purposely Uncertain Field is Enke's first LP, and it sees him broadening his sonic palette while retaining the introspective, emotive feel that characterizes his music. The opening track, "Escape Velocity," is a hypnotic groover, propelled by a linear charge and shimmering keys—as with much of Enke's work, there's something heavenly hovering in the background. "Drifting Red" is another blissful beauty, but might be too sweet for some palettes—the track's synth lead, while lovely in its hollowed-out way, borders on overkill. Still, it's redeemed by a wistful melody, which also suffuses the album's three brief interludes, "Entangled," "Orb" and "Bora."
The syncopated kick drum of "Drifting Red" gives the song a slight electro feel, something that really comes to the fore on the vaguely ominous "Lamb Shift." But even here, Enke manages to evoke the rich spaciousness that permeates all of Purposely Uncertain Field. "Glease 29," another electro-tinged number, is a bit more abstract, with hymnal chords conveying a sense of lonely wonder. "Illuminated" laces acidic pulsations through a driving rhythm lightened by syncopated handclaps and hi-hats. "Blackpoint" is a beast of a track, with a percussive thrust that anchors its synth washes. On the closer, "Distance," Enke pairs glitch with grandeur—a gorgeous coda to an album defined by depth and emotion.