While there are plenty of parties going on in Los Angeles this coming New Year’s Eve, you’d be amiss to not attend Minimal Effort’s one-day affair at the LA Center Studios.
Underrated Presents’ brand is returning to the downtown location following their Halloween bash in October, bringing with them an impressive lineup of house and techno and improved production value. The 21+ event will run from 4pm until 2am across three stages, one indoors and two outdoors under the canopy of Los Angeles’ beautiful skyline. The event is run like a mini-festival, featuring audio/visual production, food vendors, chill-out areas and more, providing a completely unique and different experience than any other electronic music party held on the night in the Los Angeles area.
Although more names are still to be added, this is already one of the best selection of talent Minimal Effort has brought to LA so far. We cherry picked four artists you should not miss when you ring in 2017 with us and the Minimal Effort family:
There is absolutely no doubt that Recondite is one of the most anticipated acts on the entire lineup. The German techno producer has had a tremendous 2016 thus far, filled with gigs in all corners of the globe and crowned by a debut Essential Mix for Pete Tong’s BBC Radio 1 show and #2 placement on Resident Advisor’s Top 40 Live Acts for 2016.
With a catalogue that includes releases on his own Plangent imprint, Scuba’s Hotflush, Rødhåd’s Dystopian, Innervisions and Ghostly International, you can expect Recondite to meticulously craft a live journey that bridges minimal dystopian sounds with heavier techno basslines.
Interestingly enough, and this is just pure coincidence, Stephan Bodzin ranked #3 behind Recondite on RA’s Top 40 Live Acts poll this year, making him our second choice for performance you should absolutely not miss at this year’s Minimal Effort. It will also be his debut live show in the Southern California city, further underscoring why his dazzling performance will be one of the most popular on the night.
Stephan’s Moog synthesizer and Ableton set-up is a sight to behold, as is the enthusiasm he puts into every single one of his melodic and entrancing performances.
Italian-born and classically trained, Francesca Lombardo has carved a musical niche for herself, building a signature sound that incorporates dreamy melodies, hypnotic vocals and evoking melancholy.
Also known for her thought-provoking live sets, Lombardo’s performance on New Year’s Eve will likely feature a combination of the grand and orchestral compositions and subtle, nuanced numbers that her recent releases are well known for.
Fresh off of the release of their latest album Welcome To Sideways, Simian Mobile Disco make our list because they truly provide the allure of uncanny unpredictability. Their sound has changed and evolved so much throughout the years that it’s extremely difficult to put the British duo in a box.
Their Movement Detroit 2014 afternoon set was one of the best house music concoction of the entire weekend, a frenzied party that had thousands reveling on the banks of the Detroit River overlooking Canada. Expect a similar type of atmosphere on New Year’s Eve, with a little more techno sprinkled in perhaps — it’s going to be a fun one.
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