Toy Toy is ending off the year with a bang! Join the crew on Friday the 9th December for the second last TOY TOY event of 2016 as they are bringing down two amazing international artists; BUTANE (USA) and DUBSPEEKA (UK) playing alongside residents Gforce and Fabio.
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R100 presale @ Nutickets
R150 @ the door
Win one of 3 DOUBLE tickets to see these legends in action. Simply comment below with the of the artists you’d like to see the most in the comment section below.
Winners will be announced on Thursday the 8th of December.
A firm believer that the long hours of studio work keep a musician grounded, Butane boasts an impressive discography, released by some of the most highly esteemed labels in the business, such as Crosstown Rebels, Get Physical, Sci-Tec, Alphahouse, Little Helpers, and more.
As a label owner, he is the sole creative mind behind Alphahouse Records, one of North America’s premier underground electronic music labels since 2005. Curated with extreme care, and with an unapologetically underground mentality, Alphahouse plays host to music from a virtual who’s who of the artist-driven side of house and techno: Ricardo Villalobos, Dandy Jack, Run Stop Restore, Troy Pierce, Heartthrob, Skudge, Quenum, Someone Else, Franco Cinelli, Ryan Crosson, Kris Wadsworth, Alexi Delano, Ilario Alicante, and many more. Add to this his latest label project, Little Helpers, run together with his long-time friend Sean O’Neal. With over 200 releases and counting, the label reached #13 in the most-charted labels of 2015 on Resident Advsor. Little Helpers blazes constant ground in the digital music world, breaking numerous up-and-coming artists, while supplying valuable tools to creative DJs everywhere.
Where Butane’s talent really shines, though, is as a DJ. Plenty of experience as a headline performer as well as an after-hour favorite enables him to play with an incredible range, and his remarkable sensitivity to the energy of the crowd is the rare trait of a seasoned and perceptive musician. His skillfully developed sets are both classy and elegant, but surely never predictable; thanks to his enormous collection of new and old tracks alike, expect anything from seamlessly blended groovy, sexy, peak-time techno to warm, deep, heady house music. Using vinyl, Traktor Scratch, samplers, outboard effects and whatever new tools are available to craft his sets, he puts a contemporary spin on old favorites, always mindful of the past, while pushing strongly towards the future.
Over the past 24 months elusive Bristol based producer and DJ dubspeeka has put down a statement of intent for the coming years as he has effortlessly broken through into the techno community’s collective consciousness.
As a purveyor of sleek yet heavyweight techno, his productions have a deep refreshing rawness coupled with a chrome-finished edge that affirm a lifetime of fine-tuning his ear in the studio. Garnering the respect of his peers via releases on Drumcode, Truesoul, Last Night On Earth, Ideal Audio, Bedrock, and of course his own Skeleton imprint, dubspeeka is set to continue to espouse his refreshing take on techno into 2016.
Darren Beale is no stranger to the music industry. As one of the producers in International electronic music group Kosheen for much of the noughties, he was responsible for two Gold selling albums, and a string of international hits. But as Kosheen wound down at the start of the decade, Darren still had a scratch to itch. Having grown up listening to Drum & Bass (and producing under an earlier alias), and early rave and hardcore, it is not surprising that he always also had an eye and ear on the techno scene during his time in Kosheen.
So a shift in focus in the studio engendered the dubspeeka alias, and a lifetime of studio work and producing across various genres have resulted in a mature, polished and original style of techno that is exciting his peers and fans alike.
With an already hefty catalogue to his name, notable highlights include 2014’s “Noise” EP on Truesoul, the “Fargo” EP on Senso Sounds, and the first of his two outings for burgeoning imprint DEXT entitled “Leaving Home”. And then of course there were 2015’s trio of releases that helped cement his reputation. First up was his “Primary” EP for the mighty Drumcode, followed quickly by his ‘Angel’ EP on LNOE, for which he persuaded Alan Fitzpatrick to jump onto remix duties. And finally, a return to Truesoul with “Bela Lugosi”. These were in addition to a string of remixes and his “Outland” EP for his own label later in 2015.
On the live side, unsurprisingly, dubspeeka has gone from strength to strength. Having toured extensively in Europe in 2014 and 2015, Darren has proved adept at handling smaller intimate venues and larger venues and festivals alike. Last year saw him spin at Gashouder, Tobacco Dock, Bloc, D! Club, The Hydra, and the legendary Berghain among others. And having just come off the back of his debut BPM Festival performance, dubspeeka is set to be in continued high demand during 2016.