Every narcissistic hipster club kid gets a secret little back-handed thrill out of spotting what looks like themselves out on the Berlin dance floor. It may sound absurd, but with a limited array of standardaised ‘club looks’ out there - black leggings, tiny blue-denim high-wasted shorts and a black or white lacey, translucent top is one preferred option by girls - this fate could befall almost any one of you. The initial emotional response elicited during such a sighting is one of immense confusion. Hey! thinks said club kid, that person looks just like me! Should I feel delight and fulfillment due to the fact that I have successfully stylised my appearance and thus sculpted my self-representation into the correctly shaped peg to fit the desired superior social hole? said club kid ponders, or, am I embarrassed - shamed, even - by my apparent transformation into just another clone in an army of lost soldiers, searching for a uniform to comfortably numb the inescapable loneliness of existence? At this point of immense confusion, said club kid panics and averts the focus to a direct comparison between his or herself and their sighted doppelgänger (either internally or with the help of an appeasing friend) and comes to the obvious conclusion that he / she is, in fact, the "hotter version" of this imposter using the same look. KA-CHING goes the coin in the ego-boost machine – said club kid has gotten the desired look just right! And has done it better than everyone else! He / she can now slip on happily through the crowd with a bop of the head, like a train ticket sliding through the corresponding ticket machine: validation complete, boom boom goes the beat, mouth salivation and syrupy gratification. Feels pretty good, actually, doesn’t it?
Eeeeeek The Beats is a musical night combining international underground artists with local DJ heroes. Tonight at Wsyiwyg, it offers up UK act No Artifical Colours – inventors of a hot pot of productions currently being hammered by the likes of Jamie Jones and Lee Foss. Milou Aus Viena brings some bronzed Ibiza flavour to the night (from Viena is code for "from Ibiza", obviously) and Beaner and Empro complete the local component of the evening.
Down by the river tonight at Watergate, clubbers will be drowning in Schwarz’ and chunky house goodness at Watergate Nacht. German deep house veteran and Innervisions records sweetheart, Henrik Schwarz, is joined by brothers Ali & Basti Schwarz (Tiefschwarz) to correctly calibrate the start of your weekend with non-stop dancing – Schwarz style. Support from Ruede ‘Schwarz’ Hagelstein.
Tomorrow night, Prince Charles serves up a brand new event series – New Horizons, with a strong focus on UK house. The premiere will feature a live set from London’s WBEEZA and a DJ set from Ratcatcher of Catapult Records. If you want to jump on the free list, just email us here with your name for a chance to win one of three X2 guestlist packages.
Even more UK love on show on Sunday evening, when Wax Treatment spoils you with another tasty UK bass and dubstep line-up featuring Appleblim, Schakelton and Ben UFO. Other notable parties around town over the weekend include Aim at Farbferseher featuring Oliver Deustchchmann and Dystopian at Arena, with the mysteriously masked Redshape and his ambient army of sinister, atmospheric synths and clattering, bass-heavy percussion.