What is it about a bouncy bassline, a lazy vocal and a repetitive beat that gets to me? When house tunes can so often rely on breakdowns bigger than Arthur Fowler’s to get them on a DJ’s playlist, for me the lure of Art Department and their subtle groove and quality enhanced basslines gets stronger everyday. Today as I plodded through an inbox filled with the kind of downloads I’d rather dismiss Art Department reminded me why I love this thing called house. Its every electronic form finds its rightful place – and fan when the quality is this assured. As the latest remix of We Call Love by DJ Harvey flooded my head and heart I knew my affections were directed at the right department. I can’t think of a finer perfect distraction.
And it looks like that perfect distraction is set to continue as Art Department, alongside Luca C & Ali Love Live, Maxxi Soundsystem and Marlon Mahroyhan, visit Brighton’s Audio this Friday for a performance I can’t wait to immerse myself in. And if you’re Lovebox lucky you can catch them at Victoria Park earlier that day.
Art Department. I call love.
Friday, 15th July
ART DEPARTMENT (Crosstown Rebels)
LUCA C & ALI LOVE LIVE P.A. (Southern Fried Recs)
MAXXI SOUNDSYSTEM (Nervous Recs)
MARLON MAHROYAN (Moody Disco)
11pm – 4am
Audio, 10 Marine Parade, Brighton
£7 in advance / More on the door