Preview // BlackBox Presents: Dixon Avenue Basement Jams & O’Flynn // 21.10.17

Preview // BlackBox Presents: Dixon Avenue Basement Jams & O’Flynn // 21.10.17

Perhaps York biggest independent night, the boys at Blackbox are back with their first event of the year. Bringing the wobblers on the night will be heavyweights and label bosses Dixon Avenue Basement Jams alongside up and coming house maestro O’Flynn. The Blackbox resident DJ’s will also be along to lend a hand, bringing you a brilliantly wide selection of floor-fillers, spanning disco, house, IDM, techno and everything in between. 

Blackbox is now in its 4th year, and still innovating. Bringing you the best and freshest acts in electronic music. They’ve brought massive acts down to York in the past, including Palms Trax, Mall Grab, Doorly and lots more. Blackbox is known for its eclectic set-lists and legend has it, you’ll never hear the same track at any Blackbox night. They have progressed far from their early days of holding parties in the Derwent squash courts and Gully Bates has taken the helm and is pushing it forward. Blackbox have been a constant force in the York scene since its inception when students Kit Lockey and Callum McClaffertey started it back in 2012. They are a brand on the rise, having started up a record label of the same name with its first release being an EP by Berlin-based producer Oren. They are also partnering up with charity Mind for a party in London with Sassy J on selection duties.

Headlining is Dixon Avenue Basement Jams a.k.a Dan ‘Monox’ Lurinsky and Kenny ‘The Wasp’ Grieve. First and foremost they are a label, bringing some heavy releases from the likes Marquis Hawkes, former Blackbox guest Palm Trax and Denis Sulta to name a few. They’ll be bringing their bass-driven sound to the dance-floor, when a DJ uses the motto ‘Real rockin raw shit’, you can probably guess how their set is going to pan out. Having mastered their skills at a club that Jackmaster refers to as ’Glasgow’s Berghain’ , real name Monox, these guys have all the need to get you on your feet with some killer selections. Joining them is London boy O’Flynn, responsible for one of the standout records of 2015 in the shape of ’Tyrion/Desmond’s Empire’, a percussive, African-influenced house cut. Having had his tracks spun by the like of Four Set, James Blake, Hessle Audio and Giles Peterson, at a young age, he is certainly amongst good company. With a release on none other than the legendary Ninja Tune imprint in the pipeline as well, he deserves the title Boiler Room gave him as “one of dance music’s most prosperous newcomers”. His unique selections behind the decks will be treat for all. Rounding up the music on the night are the duo of Gully Bates, Blackbox York head honcho and Phonix Manchester co-owner and resident Mortimer.

Its sure to be great night of eclectic groovers. Blackbox are a proven entity and they are sure not to disappoint on the night. We got a quote from Blackbox boss Gully, “we aim to put on parties with an atmosphere and music will that put a smile on everyones face” and we can’t say no to that can we, so come and join us on the dance-floor.

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Fred Stiddard