Welcome to the first of Refuge Worldwide’s music columns for Arts Of The Working Class. We will be handpicking our favorite artist or release of the moment, a music-related initiative, and an event each month, so stay tuned and check out the great projects below.
This month we would like to focus on projects at the intersection of music and community building.
Initiative: Femme Bass Mafia
The inspiring people at Femme Bass Mafia (FBM) are doing amazing work in providing spaces and opportunities for up and coming FLINTA DJs to train and meet other like-minded souls. As their name suggests, the DJ mentoring collective has a strong focus on bass music. Head to one of the FBM parties or check out their shows on Refuge Worldwide and HÖR to discover the high energy, party-starting sets of founder Dangermami and her so-called “bass angels.” Their fourth round of beginner classes begins in late January, and later this year, they’re planning something for more experienced folks.
Release: Rhythm Section - SHOUTS 2022 Compilation
The latest compilation from Bradley Zero’s London-based label Rhythm Section spotlights 29 artists with a strong focus on London and Berlin. Curated by Refuge resident MLE and following the label’s usual ethos of electronic-meets-jazz, the compilation features tracks from the likes of Sally C, Noah Slee, Stephen Howe, James Bangura, Fiyahdred, Daisy Moon, and Manami. It’s an expertly curated selection of emerging artists, covering house, garage, techno, and hip hop, while helping to establish a new creative connection between the UK and German capitals.
Event: Refuge Worldwide 2nd Birthday
On January 28th, we celebrate two years of Refuge Worldwide at our favorite local dancing spot, Arkaoda. We’re taking over both floors from 10 p.m. until the early hours of the morning, with a wide range of residents at the controls and a few birthday surprises. Upstairs, there’s an anything-goes musical program, with fun twists and turns all night and a healthy dose of party classics. Downstairs, expect a fresh selection of house, electro, breaks, and disco. See you on the floor.
For more information on our community and radio station, Refuge Worldwide, head to refugeworldwide.com.
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