Natural Selection 039 | Friday, 09.30

Natural Selection is happy to host the NYC debut of the mighty Jubei – one of the biggest names in Drum & Bass and future beats! Sam Binga joins him in what is sure to be a scorcher of a night – read on for the deets!

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Jubei (Metalheadz | UK) 

A core member of seminal label Metalheadz, Jubei is at the very forefront of underground dance music. Whether it’s his solo productions, his work as part of production crew Code 3, collaborations with some of the biggest names in bass music or his skills as a DJ, his no gimmicks approach has earned him an unrivalled reputation within Drum & Bass, synonymous with the cutting edge, and hugely respected amongst his peers and fans alike.

As a DJ, Jubei has built an enviable reputation as a razor sharp technician with impeccable selection that sees him in high demand, regularly playing the premier events, clubs and festivals across the UK, Europe and the world.

Jubei’s first home, MC GQ’s Emcee Recordings, released his 2006 debut ‘Still There’ and ‘Harvester’, a pair of collaborations with Breakage. A move to Newcastle brought forth a kinship with Phobia that delivered a string of releases for the likes of Renegade Hardware and Phobia’s own label Coded Music, followed by releases for Shogun Audio, 31 Records, Exit Records and Critical Music that firmly established Jubei as an integral member of the next generation of D&B heavy-hitters.

Having found a fan in Goldie, Jubei was quickly snapped up and signed exclusively to his highly respected and hugely influential Metalheadz label who wasted no time releasing his 2010 debut ‘Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained EP’ featuring the heavily supported ‘Patience’ (feat. dBridge), Project 1 (feat. S.P.Y.) and ‘Alignment’. A second ‘Distrust’ EP for Metalheadz, boasting collaborations with Alix Perez and Ulterior Motive and a remix 12” featuring a Boddika take on ‘Alignment’ and Jubei’s own VIP mix of ‘Patience’ continued the steady rise of Jubei’s profile whilst his production talents were also enlisted to help engineer Goldie’s orchestral piece ‘Sine Tempus’ for the BBC Proms and his ‘Classic Goldie’ TV show.

Jubei’s most successful single to date came in May 2012 in the form of ‘Say Nothin’ featuring infamous Grime MC ‘Flowdan’. Accompanied by an official video that featured on national television station Channel 4, this tune and it’s rugged half step beat was favoured by DJ’s across the spectrum with heavy support on BBC Radio 1 & 1 Xtra from the likes of Mista Jam, Target, Friction and more.

Following quickly on from these successes, his highly anticipated debut album, ‘To Have & Have Not’, was released on Metalheadz in 2013. Featuring collaborations with Goldie, Youngsta, dBridge, Flowdan, Marcus Intalex and more it showcased Jubei’s production prowess across various styles and tempos. ‘To Have & Have Not’ was received with huge acclaim across the board with listeners and DJ’s praising the album for its soundtrack nature, being as ‘widescreen sci-fi’ as it was 3am club music

Jubei is now a vital part of the Metalheadz crew, a leading light in the new charge for the historic label and with plentiful follow up material and a sophomore album currently in production, his status as one of the most respected names in Drum & Bass is assured.

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Sam Binga (Critical / Exit / 50Weapons | UK)

Something’s happening to the faster side of dance music. Maybe it’s the hyperactive influence of juke’s chopped-up 808s, the embrace of dubstep’s half-time flow at a higher tempo or perhaps it’s simply the ongoing evolution of the mutation started by dBridge and the Autonomic podcasts. Whatever the origin, that spectrum of music between 160 and 170bpm is sounding utterly vital once again.

Sam Binga has placed himself firmly at the centre of this new wave, with releases on some of dance music’s most respected underground labels – 50 Weapons, Exit and Critical. His sound spans the anthemic rowdiness of tracks like ‘AYO’ and ‘Lef Dem’, to the deeper explorations of his collaborations with Om Unit, and has attracted the attention of artists such as Zed Bias and CHVRCHES – who have both hit him up for remix work – and Kode9, who featured his tune ’11th’ with Addison Groove on his critically acclaimed Rinse CD.

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I.N.I (Natural Selection | NYC)

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Mash (BP2 | NYC)

Friday, September 30
at
Slake NYC
251 West 30th St. (between 7th & 8th Ave.)
$15 presale tickets available here | $20 before midnight | 10p – 4a | 21+

Natural Selection 038: Doc Scott | 08.13.2016

DRUM & BASS IS RETURNING TO STUDIO 299’S FUNKTION ONE SOUNDSYSTEM!

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Doc Scott (31 Recordings / Metalheadz | UK)

Adred (Soul:r / 31 Recordings / C.I.A. / Natural Selection | NYC)

Rafael Salvador (Natural Selection / FuzedFunk | NYC)

Alex English (Girls & Boys | NYC)

Ka Lu (Dirty City / Outsider Music | DC)

$5 pre sale tickets are available at Eventbrite

Saturday, August 13 at Studio 299, 299 Vandevoort Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11211

10p – 4a | 21+ with photo ID

Critical Sound NYC | Friday 06.17.2016

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Mefjus (Critical Music | UK)

Hailing from a hotbed of talent, Austrian powerhouse Mefjus now boasts a worldwide reputation for a furiously tech trademark style that continues to breathe fire into the drum and bass genre.
With his place once firmly cemented as the ‘one to watch’ within diasporas of the drum and bass community, Mefjus came out swinging in 2012 with ‘Far Too Close / Distantia’ on Phace and Misanthrop’s Neodigital imprint. His rise to notoriety with a surgically precise yet skull shattering brand of neurofunk, à la 2013’s dance destroyer ‘Mythos’ with collaborator InsideInfo, has kept fans in a suspended state of frenzy ever since. 

Signing to Critical Music in 2013, the futuristic super-producer continues to set the standard with a repertoire of turbulent soundscapes, flawless mix downs and heart-stopping DJ sets that secure Mefjus as one of the finest within the collective imagination of the drum and bass world.

With his debut album ‘Emulation’ winning Drum&Bass Arena’s Album Of The Year 2015, the future’s looking good for this extraordinary young producer.

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Kasra (Critical Music | UK)

“Kasra is a gatekeeper to what is under the surface in drum & bass. He does what he does with passion and care. He is a kindred spirit” – Goldie, Metalheadz

Kasra founded Critical Music label, a drum and bass label based in London that is widely regarded as being at the forefront of the modern underground scene. A passionate curator and DJ he has grown the label from humble beginnings to one of the most respected imprints in the genre.

“I started a label because I wanted to be involved in the music I love, to push new artists, new sounds and to present exciting ideas.” Kasra

Over the years the label has released music from artists across the scene, showcasing a diverse and vital roster covering all angles of the music that Kasra loves so much.

Not content with a release schedule bursting with future classics and his own rigorous DJ’ing schedule continually on the up, the label boasts its own residency at one of the world’s most iconic electronic music venues, Fabric London, where it can regularly be seen hosting Critical Sound events in both Rooms 1 and 2 with a superstar cast of DJ’ing elite from D&B and beyond. The first quarter of 2012 saw Kasra achieve what only a select few people around the world have managed in their careers; being asked to mix the new Fabric Live album was a huge honour and resulted in FabricLive 62 being one of the most successful drum & bass mix albums of the year.

“The rave George Cross, one of dance music’s highest honours.” – DJ Mag.

Since then Kasra Critical has continued to DJ sets and lay on label events throughout the UK and Europe with 2015 taking in an Australian New Year festival tour and his debut performance at EDC Las Vegas, marking a very a new chapter in the label’s development.

All the while using his A&R’ing skills to release music from the likes of Ivy Lab, Emperor, Hyroglifics and albums from Sam Binga, Enei and the ear crunching debut LP from Mefjus, voted D&B Arena’s Album Of The Year, 2015 was a tipping point for Kasra both as a DJ and a label head of one of the most inspiring imprints in dance music today.

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Reid Speed (Play Me | LA)

Reid Speed has been a dancefloor destroyer for over a decade and is recognized worldwide as a pioneer of the multi-genre bass music movement. From her start at legendary NYC drum & bass store/label Breakbeat Science to founding her own labels Play Me Records and Play Me Too, she has remained a fan favorite DJ, a chart topping producer, and has been an instrumental pioneer of the North American Bass Music sound. With her keen ear, Play Me has become a launchpad for more hot new artists than any other label of its kind, helping to kickstart the careers of the likes of Dillon Francis, Figure, Bare, Singularity, Cyberoptics, Donkong, and many more. Reid is one of the few who opened the door and who continues to set the standard high for women in EDM.

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Adred (Soul:r / Natural Selection | NYC)

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Alex English (Girls + Boys | NYC)

Slake, 251 W. 30th St., NYC | 21+ w/photo ID | 10p – 4a

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Soul:ution NYC | Saturday, 4/2

We’ve teamed up with Soul:r to host the first ever Soul:ution night in NYC! Label boss Marcus Intalex will be in the house, alongside the highly talented Alix Perez and the mighty Commix.

Our designer is cooking up some slick art work, so stay tuned for a site update and look out for a limited run of print flyers at your favorite NYC record shop. You’ll want one for your collection!

The vitals: Soul:ution NYC is going down on Saturday, 4/2 at Slake. Extremely limited $15 presale tickets are available now, so act fast! We’re going from 10p – 4a, and this is a 21+ event. Check out our Facebook event page and get involved!

 

Natural Selection 036: Dub Phizix & Strategy | Total Science – Jan 15, 2016

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Friday Jan 15

DUB PHIZIX & STRATEGY

Exit Records | Critical Music / UK

TOTAL SCIENCE

CIA Records / UK

plus support:

MASH (BP² / Argentina/NYC)
ASPECT (Selector One Ent. / Philly)
& Natural Selection Residents

at Studio 299
299 Vandervoort Ave
Brooklyn NYC
L train to Grand St.
21+

Click for Limited Early Bird Tickets!

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Dub Phizix (Exit / Critical | UK)

You may know Manchester-based dnb badmon Dub Phizix from his irrepresible hits BUFFALO CHARGE and MARKA (Listen on Soundcloud), but make no mistake – he’s always makin moves in the dnb scene, and we can’t wait to hear what he’s got in store for us!

He recently mixed FabricLive 84 – check out his promo mix right here for a taste of what to expect!

Full Bio:

Manchester based Drum and Bass producer Dub Phizix began his obsession with music over 20 years ago. Inspired along the way by a diverse collection of artists ranging from The Yardbirds to A Tribe Called Quest, through to Photek and Bugz in the Attic. Dub Phizix, (or George to his mum) would spend hours annoying his neighbours with a Guitar, a Tape Deck and his Dad’s collection of 7″ Records and in 2000 made their lives even harder when he began making Drum and Bass.

10 years into his career of music construction and Dub Phizix is an accomplished producer having made music in a variety of styles for MTV, BBC, Nokia and 4Music. Dub Phizix has released music on high profile and respected labels such as Exit, Commercial Suicide, Soul:R, Critical, Dispatch and Ingredients with Mixmag calling his music ‘Essential material’

2011 has seen the total domination of the Drum and Bass scene from a tune called ‘Marka’. Penned by Dub Phizix alongside regular collaborator Skeptical with guest vocals from Strategy (of Broken English), ‘Marka’ adhered to no known recent stylistic formulas. A rare vocal treat in Drum and Bass, ‘Marka’ marries staccato dancehall like rhythms with slamming bass hits and Strategys unintelligible but potent rhymes blast this off kilter anthem into other worlds. True underground Drum and Bass in 2011 will be remembered for the impact ‘Marka’ has had on this music.

Dub Phizix has also collaborated with Future Cut, Marcus Intalex, Loxy, MC DRS, and Stray and has remixed for Panjabi MC, Skittles and Chimpo. His music is played nightly by high profile DJs such as dBridge, Goldie, Marky, Fabio, Marcus Intalex, S.P.Y, Spectrasoul and many more.

Dub Phizix DJ sets have been in high demand throughout the UK and Europe including guest performances at high profile club nights like Fabric, A Bunch of Cuts, Soul:ution, Exit Records and Hospitality. Although he may be a fresh face to many, Dub Phizix’ DJ sets always display his depth of knowledge of what makes a great Drum and Bass tune, mixing up often neglected classics with the freshest upfront material available to anyone. His sought after guest mixes for Kmag, DnBtv, Example Magazine and Broken Audio have caused a stir across drum and bass forums in the last year.

Dub Phizix has much anticipated releases in the coming months on Exit Records, Creative Source, Commercial Suicide, Innerground, Samurai Music and more.

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Strategy (EstateUK / Exit / Soul:r | UK)

From his part in Broke’N’£nglish, to his work in the UK bass music scene collaborating with and hosting for artists Dub Phizix, Mala, Zed Bias and Calibre…MC STraTS has done it all, and January 15th he’ll be all ours! Yeah Gee!

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People love Strategy. Raised on the Costa Del Salford and honing his craft in some of Manchester’s most notorious nightclubs, STraTS has made contributions right across the board when it comes to UK music. From his part in Broke’N’£nglish alongside fellow northerners DRS and Konny Kon who shared stage and studio time with names such as the Wu-Tang Clan, Mobb Deep, Roots Manuva, Snoop Dogg and many more, to his work in the UK bass music scene collaborating with and hosting for artists Dub Phizix, Mala, Zed Bias and Calibre to name but a few…everybody knows Strategy.

Known for his adaptability, Strategy has done it all, from being rap battle finalist at Earls Court London at the Jay Z concert, to performing with Digital Mystikz at Northern Bass Festival in New Zealand. His ability to rhyme on the spot is on a par with any freestyler on the globe; long recognised as one of the finest spitters the UK has ever produced.

The last few years have seen Strategy evolve and adapt to the ever-changing UK Music scene. Becoming a resident at Manchester’s Hit & Run has exposed him to a lot of the key players, and news travelled fast about the classiness of his act. In a short amount of time, he has ended up with regular work at clubbing institutions like Fabric, Soul:ution, Outlook Festival and Warehouse Project, as well as a busy world-wide touring schedule. Once witnessed in his element, promoters are quickly on the phone to re-acquire his services.

The track ‘Marka’ with long-time collaborator Dub Phizix, and Skeptical, was the biggest 170bpm anthem in years, championed by the likes of Sir David Rodigan, Mista Jam, Friction, Goldie, and many more.

With a shed-load of new music on the way, 2014 and beyond is looking good for our STraTS..

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Total Science (C.I.A Records | UK)

If you caught Total Science headlining our May 16 DNB fest at SLAKE, you know what to expect!

As founders of CIA Records, a label influencing the DNB scene for nearly 20 years, Total Science’s sets span the spectrum of drum & bass. Check out their Soundcloud for more.


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MASH (BP², Nebula | Argentina, NYC)

BP²’s representative from Argentina, DJ Mash, is most know for his events in Cordoba. The most important of them is the creation of a cycle of Drum and Bass with Galactic concept called NEBULA which was the forerunner of this style in Cordoba Capital.

As an artist he is characterized by DJ sets which contain smooth mixing techniques and clean thought out scratching. In 2007 he won first place in the E-Sencial Jam Argentina scratch championship. His musical productions connects several branches in the down-tempo, 90 bmps and drum and bass that can be heard on soundcloud . He has DJ’d for various bands and cabin with Latin American djs representatives of bass music and other important such as: Black Sun Empire, Wilkinson, Zardonic, Gridlok, AK1200, Dara, Odi, Codes, Nicky Twist, Double Dragon, Headhunter, Dj Rome, Dj Sebas, Rolex, Neda, Wobad, and many others.

Nowadays he is considered to be one of the leading Argentinian DJ’s in America.

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ASPECT (Selector One Ent. / Breakage | Philly)

ASPECT: noun – the position of planets or stars with respect to one another held by astrologers to influence human affairs

With respect to Merriam-Webster, the definition for the word itself is dead on in regards to this DJ. Hailing from Northeastern PA, Aspect is steadily proving that he is a star to watch for and is certainly an influence on the Drum & Bass scene.

Being baptized into EDM in the form of Break-Beats via a DJ Icey mix CD, he became hooked on various genres including: House, Techno, and Trance. It wasn’t until attending a party in Philly that someone gave him a mix CD introducing him to Drum & Bass, and he admits, “even though I wasn’t instantly hooked, It touched me.”

From that moment he began his search for different forms of electronic music, and it wasn’t long before he started to DJ. Initially he began spinning deeper forms of House and Techno before friends and future crew members (Basixx and Kai-Lo) encouraged him to start playing D&B, which he’s been dropping ever since. “I’ve been playing different styles of D&B such as Neurofunk, Jump-Up, and Liquid, before finding my way back to straight Techstep. Aspect sites getting his official start after friends asked him to start spinning at their events.

He is one of the original members of the Sector One crew and a resident DJ at regular crew events: FORWARD and RAGE (NEPA monthly and bi-weekly parties respectively). He has been an active part of MayDay since its inception and currently serves as both a committee member and co-lead organizer of the Drum & Bass stage.

Influences include: Black Sun Empire, Total Science, S.P.Y, Alix Perez, Ulterior Motive, Phace, Noisia, SpectraSoul, Icicle, Break, Rockwell…

Natural Selection 4 Year Anniversary: The 2-Party Celebration 06.27.15 & 07.03.15

HEEEEERRRREEEE WEEEEE GOOO! We’ve been in the game for 4 years, and we’ve locked in 2 parties to celebrate! Check the 411 below!

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Featuring:

kasraKasra (Critical Music)

“Kasra is a gatekeeper to what is under the surface in drum & bass. He does what he does with passion and care. He is a kindred spirit.” Goldie, Metalheadz

Since his first forays into drum & bass in the late 1990’s as a burgeoning young DJ, there’s no doubt in 2011 that Kasra has made an indelible mark on the scene, a mark that continues to grow ever-stronger as his Critical Music empire prospers.

Conceived back in 2002 in a front room in north London, the label has grown from a simple idea driven by a commitment to putting out the best music the scene has to offer; it has now become one of the most well respected underground dance music labels in the UK. Nurturing new talent and releasing some of the freshest breaks and beats from the likes of Break, Rockwell, Breakage, Cyantific…

Since his first forays into drum & bass in the late 1990’s as a burgeoning young DJ, there’s no doubt that Kasra has now made an indelible mark on the scene, a mark that continues to grow ever-stronger as his Critical Music empire prospers. 

Conceived back in 2002 in a front room in north London, the label has grown from a simple idea driven by a commitment to putting out the best music the scene has to offer; it has now become one of the most well respected underground dance music labels in the UK. Nurturing new talent and releasing some of the freshest breaks and beats from the likes of Break, Rockwell, Breakage, Cyantific, Marcus Intalex, S.P.Y, Calibre, Total Science and many more, it has gone on to build a loyal following around the world driven on by Kasra’s never ending quest to release quality underground bass music.

As Critical’s figurehead the demand for Kasra’s DJ’ing skills has escalated to the point of a schedule that sees him playing regularly every weekend throughout the UK and rest of the world. Vienna, Budapest, Shanghai, Beijing, Miami, Berlin and of course his beloved London are just a few of the places that have beared witness to the Critical sound and the list just keeps getting longer. Quite a feat these days for someone who’s not yet really gone in deep into the production process.

This is all changing though as Kasra’s been busying himself back in the studio readying his own takes on the Critical sound. 2011 saw a collaboration with S.P.Y. and also Jubei on the heavily rotated Sequence One EP. With many more collabs to come and some solo cuts, expect to see many more Kasra productions gradually working their way into the sets of the great and the good of the D&B community.

Not content with a release schedule bursting with future classics and his own rigorous DJ’ing schedule continually on the up, the label now boasts its own residency at one of the worlds most iconic electronic music venues, Fabric London, where it can regularly be seen smashing up the place with an always superstar cast of DJing elite from D&B and beyond. The first quarter of 2012 saw Kasra achieve what only a select few people around the world have managed in their careers; being asked to mix the new Fabric Live album was a huge honour and resulted in Fabric Live 62 being one of the most successful drum & bass mix albums of the day.

“The rave George Cross, one of dance music’s highest honours.” DJ Mag

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Enei (Critical Music)

Hailing from St. Petersburg in Russia it was way back in 2003 that a young Alexey Egorchenkov first got the taste for the musical drug Drum & Bass. Like many others before him he became hooked, dabbling with his own production and DJing soon after. Taking the artist name Enei his career began to blossom giving him star status in his beloved Russia and far but it wasn’t until 2007 that things really began to escalate.

During this year Enei earned his first official release on the Dutch label Fokuz but it was the first of many as others began to drop on other imprints such as Blu Saphir, Cyanide and Citrus throughout 2008 and 2009. Whilst his productions and profile began to take shape a certain eagle-eyed label boss, renowned for his supreme A&R’ing, was keeping close tabs on him; it wasn’t long before the phone call was made and Kasra secured the first Enei release for Critical Music at the end of 2010. The rest as they say, is history.

Releasing the Andy C favourite ‘Cracker’‘One Chance’ and the much lauded ‘Stone Head EP’, Enei’s Critical discography is relatively short but seeing the sheer talent within Kasra signed him exclusively for the label in 2011. It was Enei’s biggest year and to top it off he came away the ‘Best Newcomer Producer’ accolade at the end of year Drum & Bass Arena Awards.

In 2012 things only got better for Russia’s number 1 producer/DJ, his debut album ‘Machines‘ hitting the D&B scene by storm. With his music supported by Goldie, London Elektricity, Bailey, DJ Hype, Andy C, Kasra and many more, and an ever increasing DJ’ing schedule, you can guarantee this is merely the start of it as one of the most exciting of the new producers generation in electronic music today continues to make his way.

Enei, Critical Music, standard.

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Foreign Concept (Critical Music)

The name Foreign Concept has come to represent both DJ’ing distinction and a multiform production style that synthesizes the sounds of yesterday and tomorrow in chord with the Critical Music ethos.

The London born, but now Bristol dwelling talent took to the turntables in 2004, and whilst bringing to the fore a future-thinking genre inclusivity that makes his DJ sets uniquely hard to miss, Foreign Concept was quickly noted for his finesse for infectious blends of which lead to an international DJ schedule as a club favourite.

In 2011, after forging a distinct sound of his own, the young producer galvanised the scene with signings to Shogun Audio and Samurai Music amongst others, as well as catching the attention of drum and bass visionary, Kasra, with the dank dystopian half-time hitter ‘Mob Justice’ and was immediately signed exclusively to his label, Critical Music.

The eclectic producer has consistently experimented in his music with a devout focus on the quality of his repertoire. His more recent work has involved the vocal talents of DRS, T-Man, Punchline (Emc), and Naomi Olive, plus talk of more in the pipeline. In only three years, Foreign Concept has amassed support from some of the biggest players in the UK’s electronic music game including Andy C, Friction, Sub Focus, Benji B, Zed Bias and Mista Jam.

Now, with the lead track of his forthcoming EP already decimating the current state of things, Foreign Concept may just be about to fortify his title as a true mainstay of the drum and bass genre.

With support from:

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Adred (Natural Selection / 31 Records)

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Tanktop (Natural Selection / DnB Radio)

Saturday, June 27 at Slake, 251 W. 30th St. 

10p – 4a | $20 before midnight | 21+


 

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