Soukous & N’dombolo debuts Sat Aug 15; Worldbeat Sessions returns Sat Sept 19 at Backstage Lounge

The DJs who brought you ELECTROPICAL are back with a pair of great gigs in August and September.

marc_soukous_ndombolo_promo_aug2015Join DJ Marc Fournier (Electropical) and DJ Tobu Ley on Saturday, August 15 for
Soukous & N’dombolo – The Golden Age of Rumba Congolaise.

“Many of you have asked me when would I do an African music night, like the good old days of Afrodisia at the ANZA,” Marc says. “Well, I finally convinced DJ Tobu Ley to come out of retirement and come and spin some Soukous and N’Dombolo like it’s 1990! It’s been 15 years since we played together!” Full gig details here.

worldbeat_sessions_flyer_CS5_Sept2015_v1_72ppi_1200x1800And join DJ Michael Laycock (Electropical) and guest DJ Bassos Rancheros on Saturday, September 19 for the fourth edition of Worldbeat Sessions, a new night of global grooves designed for the dance floor.

When he isn’t travelling the world seeking spiritual meaning through breakfast foods, Bassos is sharing the stage with DJ/producers like Quantic and Nickodemus. And he’s a frequent flyer at festivals like Bass Coast. Full gig details here.

The DJ duo will surf a Latin wave — from Colombia to NYC, cumbia to merengue, electronic to funk, and all points in between — as they explore the grooves they have in common.

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

Enjoy the rest of your summer, and see you on the dance floor!

On the web:
http://www.electropical.ca

On Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/groups/electropical/

Round 3: Clandestinos on Sat June 13, Worldbeat Sessions on Sat July 18, at Backstage Lounge

Summer is here early, and the DJs who brought you ELECTROPICAL are back with warm beats to match the warm weather.

clandestinos_3_promoJoin DJ Marc Fournier (Electropical) and DJ Su Comandante (Raul Espinoza of Los Migrantes) this Saturday, June 13 for CLANDESTINOS.

It’s the third serving of a dance party featuring cumbia, AfroCuban, Chicha, Tropidelica, reggaeton, hip hop, and more.

As DJ Marc says, ”We are taking you on a musical trip throughout the south part of the continent for your dancing and listening pleasure.” More info here.

worldbeat_sessions_flyer_CS5_July2015_v1And join DJ Michael Laycock (Electropical) and guest DJ Evo (The Payback, Brand New Bag) on Saturday, July 18 for the third edition of WORLDBEAT SESSIONS, a new night of global grooves designed for the dance floor.

Michael and Evo (aka Adam Petipas) will touch down all over the musical globe — from Brazil to Nigeria, Bogota to NYC, electronic to funk, and points in between — as they explore the grooves they have in common. The floor is guaranteed to be cookin’! More info here.

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

Enjoy the sunshine, and see you on the dance floor!

On the web:
http://www.electropical.ca

On Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/groups/electropical/

DJ Michael Laycock’s new Worldbeat Sessions mix

My latest DJ mix offers a taste of the Latin and Afro-Latin vibe in the works for the second edition of Worldbeat Sessions (Saturday, May 16 at the Backstage Lounge).

I’m looking forward to sharing the stage that night with DJ Tadaaki Hozumi (Vancouver Groove Movement, Love Supreme) and percussionist Yoro Noukoussi. Hope to see you there!

Meanwhile, enjoy the mix!

DJ Michael Laycock

Worldbeat Sessions May 2015 mix by Michael Laycock on Mixcloud

Worldbeat Sessions is back Sat May 16 with guests Tasteoftee and Yoro Noukoussi at Backstage Lounge

The second edition of Worldbeat Sessions happens Saturday, May 16 at the Backstage Lounge, and DJ Michael Laycock (Electropical) is excited about sharing the stage for the first time with guest DJ Tadaaki Hozumi (Vancouver Groove Movement, Back Ground Music Discotheque).

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Tadaaki Hozumi (Tasteoftee) and Yoro Noukoussi

Tadaaki (aka Tasteoftee) is the creative force behind gigs such as Joy and Pain, Motown Philly, and The Bump, and co-producer of Love Supreme. Originally hailing out of YYZ and now relocated to YVR, Tadaaki is a selector of the finest sounds who revels in journeys of space and time, from sunny Brazilian bossa to the underground disco sounds of 70s New York.

So in round two of Worldbeat Sessions, we’ll dig into the roots of Latin dance music — salsa, cumbia, merengue, the Fania Records catalogue, and butt-shaking Afro-Latin sounds from Colombia and beyond. We’ll spin modern remixes of those classics, and a few musical twists, too.

And back for the second edition of 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 Studios. He is a master drummer and a crowd favourite. Continue reading

Take two: Clandestinos on Sat Apr 18, Worldbeat Sessions on Sat May 16, at Backstage Lounge

The DJs who brought you ELECTROPICAL are back with new editions of their latest gigs this spring.

clandestinos_iiJoin DJ Marc Fournier (Electropical) and DJ Su Comandante (Raul Espinoza of Los Migrantes) this Saturday, April 18 for CLANDESTINOS II.

It’s the second serving of a dance party featuring reggaeton, hip hop, cumbia, AfroCuban, Chicha, Tropidelica, and more. As DJ Marc says, ”Because we had such a good time last month, and because we didn’t play half of what we wanted to share, we’re doing it again!” More info here.

worldbeat_sessions_flyer_CS5_May2015_v1And join DJ Michael Laycock (Electropical) and guest DJ Tasteoftee (Love Supreme, Vancouver Groove Movement) on Saturday, May 16 for the second edition of WORLDBEAT SESSIONS, a new night of global grooves designed for dancing.

Worldbeat Sessions connects the dots of an international dance floor journey. This month’s trip explores Latin, funk, African, and more. 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!

On the web:
http://www.electropical.ca

On Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/groups/electropical/

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.

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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!

On the web:
http://www.electropical.ca

On Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/groups/electropical/

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!

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

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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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