Worldbeat Sessions launch party Sat Mar 21 with guests Lady Ra and Yoro Noukoussi at Backstage Lounge

After a 10-year run as co-producer of ELECTROPICAL, DJ Michael Laycock is looking forward to launching WORLDBEAT SESSIONS, a new night of global grooves designed for dancing.

From Latin to funk, Arabian to Balkan, and Indian to African, Worldbeat Sessions connects the dots of an international dance floor journey. Michael teams up with an evolving roster of DJs and musicians to explore the global soundscape.


Lady Ra and Yoro Noukoussi

For the Worldbeat Sessions debut on Saturday, March 21 at the Backstage Lounge, Michael welcomes special guest DJ Lady Ra, co-founder of the BEATS WITHOUT BORDERS collective.

BWB throws cutting-edge world-fusion dance events and celebrated its 10th anniversary in February. Lady Ra has both hosted and shared the stage with musical wizards such as Gaudi, Makyo, SubSwara, and Nickodemus.

Joining Michael and Lady Ra onstage for the Worldbeat Sessions is percussionist and long-time Electropical collaborator Yoro Noukoussi. Originally from Benin, Yoro travelled and studied in Africa and Europe before settling in Vancouver and opening his own recording studio, Waaba music. He is a master drummer and a crowd favourite.

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Electropical DJs launch two new global music nights

After a couple of months off, the DJs who brought you ELECTROPICAL return to the Backstage Lounge this winter and spring with two exciting new global music events.

clandestinos_FB_cover_photoJoin DJ Marc Fournier (Electropical) and DJ Su Comandante (Raul Espinoza of Los Migrantes) on Saturday, February 21 as they appear together for the very first time as CLANDESTINOS!

It’s a dance party featuring reggaeton, hip hop, cumbia, AfroCuban, Chicha, Tropidelica, and more. More info here.

worldbeat_sessions_v4_march2015And join DJ Michael Laycock (Electropical) and guest DJ Lady Ra (Beats Without Borders) on Saturday, March 21 for WORLDBEAT SESSIONS, a new night of global grooves designed for dancing.

From Latin to funk, Arabian to Balkan, and Indian to African, Worldbeat Sessions connects the dots of an international dance floor journey. More info here.

Both events happen around 10 pm (when the play ends next door) at the Backstage Lounge,
1585 Johnston St, Granville Island.

We look forward to spinning for you again!

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Thank you for supporting Electropical for the past decade!

Electropical-Final-Edition-1823What a night!

Heartfelt thanks to everyone who came out and made the 10-year anniversary and final edition of Electropical a massive success on November 15.

Special thanks to percussionists Yoro Noukoussi, Sacha Percussionista, Raphael Geronimo, Nick Apivor, Nyamukapa Kurai, and Alex Babeanu, as well as bellydancer Bobbi-Dee Schultz.

Check out our gallery to see photos from the event, taken by our talented friend Juan Carlos Azpilcueta.

And visit our video page to catch Ross Harvey‘s very cool video of highlights from the final Electropical.

Thanks again for your support of Electropical over the past decade. We’ll keep you posted on fresh new events in the year ahead!


Electropical — the 10th anniversary / finale party — Saturday, Nov 15 at Backstage Lounge

10th anniversary sparklers photo

Electropical hits the decade mark this November, and we’re planning a 10th anniversary / finale party to celebrate!

Saturday, November 15 marks the 10th anniversary of ELECTROPICAL!

We (DJs Marc Fournier and Michael Laycock) are preparing a special night to celebrate a decade of our groundbreaking worldbeat dance party and mark the start of exciting new directions.

Many of the percussionists who have accompanied us on stage during the last 10 years will work their magic throughout the night, adding a vital live element to our selections of urban sounds with a tropical edge.

ELECTROPICAL is one of the longest-running DJ nights in Vancouver, born out of two previous club nights — DJ Marc’s AFRODISIA at the ANZA Club, and DJ Michael’s GLOBALICIOUS at the Media Club.

Over the years, ELECTROPICAL has packed many dance floors and launched many long-time friendships as we’ve shared our passion for global music and good vibes. It’s been an incredible run, and we feel extremely gratified that so many great people have come along with us for the ride.

We have fresh new projects in the works, and we’ve decided to end in style and wrap up ELECTROPICAL with this 10-year anniversary / finale party at the Backstage Lounge.

We look forward to celebrating with our many guests, friends, and dancers who have supported ELECTROPICAL over the past decade.

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We’re back Sat Oct 18 at the Backstage Lounge

small_jet_palmsMark your calendars now for the next edition of Electropical on Saturday, October 18 at the Backstage Lounge.

We’ll serve up scintillating sounds from the five continents to the most open-minded and diverse crowd in Vancouver.

This month’s sonic itinerary includes stops in Cairo, Paris, and Mexico City, just for starters.

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An endless summer continues at Electropical Sat Sept 20 at the Backstage Lounge

Plane approaches beach airportSummer’s not over yet, so we’ll keep the sounds of the season coming at the September edition of Electropical.

New and classic tracks this month from Barcelona, Beirut, and Buenos Aires.

And we’ll dig deep into our ever-expanding collections of African rhythms, Arabian waves, Balkan bangers, Brazilian beats, and Caribbean sounds to keep you moving.

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The sounds of summer return at Electropical Sat Aug 16

Sunset tropical beach partyAh, summer…

Here’s hoping you get to kick back and enjoy some fun in the sun, wherever the rest of your summer takes you.

We’ll be soaking up the sounds of the season over the next couple of weeks. And we look forward to sharing them with you when Electropical returns on Saturday, August 16 to the Backstage Lounge.

Plus, DJ Marc wraps up another lap around the sun that weekend, so come celebrate with us!

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We’re back Sat June 14 with guest Sacha “Percussionista” Levin at the Backstage Lounge

Sacha Levin

Sacha Levin

We’re excited to have Sacha Levin back as our guest percussionist at Electropical on Saturday, June 14.

Sacha currently performs, records, and teaches with some of Vancouver’s top musicians. Skilled in African and Latin percussion, she has performed and toured throughout B.C. and the rest of Canada. She last appeared at Electropical in November.

If you haven’t seen Sacha in action before, you’re in for a treat. Don’t miss out.

She’ll accompany us as we spin our signature mix of African rhythms, Arabian waves, Brazilian beats, Caribbean sounds, and Balkan bangers.

New and classic tracks this month from Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Spain.

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DJ Michael Laycock’s new salsa mix on Mixcloud

I’ve been meaning to put together a salsa mix for a while now. After all, salsa always gets people onto the dance floor at Electropical.

Of course, being an Electropical mix, these are tracks that give salsa a healthy, playful, global kick in the ass. A few are from Cuba, Puerto Rico and Colombia, but the rest hail from Senegal, Turkey, India, France, and beyond.

Enjoy, and see you Saturday, May 17 when Electropical returns to the Backstage Lounge!


Electropical May 2014 Salsa Mix by Michael Laycock on Mixcloud