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MP3 Monday: Lords of the Dance
John Digweed and Carl Cox go back-to-back at two of Shanghai's largest clubs this week. It's a prog-house / techno all-star face-off.
By Jul 30, 2012 Nightlife
There are some epic names swinging into Shanghai this week. Mp3 Monday is here to get you in the mood with some electronic cuts from the days of yore with a bonus new kid on the block.

First up is John Digweed who is hitting Shanghai Thursday for a set at the new Jing’an dance club creatively named Ibiza (cough cough, worst name ever). Even your mom knows Digweed and has probably thrown back a couple of Pink Ferraris to one of his DJ sets. With over 20 years in the progressive house game, Digweed has managed to stay relevant in the fickle world of electronic music. I’m not much into super DJs, however taking a listen to Digweed’s discography both past and present I can’t help but want to throw on my old bright lime green JNCO jeans, hit the club, and wait for that massive build up…

Here's his 1993 track For What You Dream Of, released under the name Bedrock, feat Kyo.
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And here's last year's track 30 Northeast from John Digweed and Nick Muir.
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Continuing on with our Lords of the Dance series there's techno heavyweight Carl Cox, who just celebrated his 50th birthday yesterday. Cox will be playing M2 on Friday, and you’ll want to get your presale tickets because door price is likely to shoot up on the night of show. I’ve never been to M2 but I’m sure it’s a nice down-to-earth spot for the whole family.

This is 1991 track Does It Feel Good.
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Here's a Deadmau5 remix of the 1992 track I Want You (Forever)
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And something from last year, Cox's track Short Black.
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Leader of the STD pack and local teen heartthrob R3 (who I hear just celebrated his 18th birthday) is bringing French producer Maelstrom to the Shelter, also on Friday. Maelstrom is a newer kid on the bass block and has gained support from acts such as Boys Noize, Claude Von Stroke, and Laurent Garnier, just to name a few. His biggest hit to date is the electro house record USSR. However, he has produced a variety of styles such as UK breaks and Detroit-sound techno. This is my pick of the week, for sure. I’m look forward to seeing this little French fuck in action.

Maelstrom's USSR (The Hacker Remix).
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And Maelstrom's House Music (Boston Bun Remix).
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This column is written by DJ Sacco, who runs Uptown Records, Shanghai's dedicated vinyl shop. Ironically, they don't sell Mp3s or dabble in anything digital, instead they have 7" and 12", EPs and LPs from rock to electronic, rare pressings, DJ equipment and band merchandise. Find them in an old bomb shelter at 115 Pingwu Lu.
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  • 3 years ago Shaboom

    I'd rather jam live wasps into my ears than listen to prog house.

  • 3 years ago Gamble

    I'd pay you my club entry fee to see that

  • 3 years ago danielshap

    sacco, you're way off with that lord of the dance theme. here's the real shit:

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