A basic stripped down, raw sound. Drums, basslines and funky grooves and only what’s essential. Only what is essential to make people move. Electro minimal music is the quintessential art of making people move their butts, speaking to their heart, mind and soul. And many of Rome’s trendiest clubs such as Brancaleone (Calvertron on February 12), Rashomon and Sinister just to name a few will focus on featuring electro minimal music performances. Spartan, clinical, mathematical, scientific. Call it as you prefer but the electro minimal, with it massive use of repetition and understated development, will please your ears throughout 2011.
For those of you who prefer a more melodic and faster rhythm Deep house is the unavoidable choice this year. With its soulful vocals, slow and concentrated dissonant melodies, smooth, stylish, and chic demeanor, the results of a unique blend of house music and jazz-funk with touches of soul music, Deep House will be the star at Open Gate (Trufo on January 23 and 24 – free entrance), Saponeria (Leon on January 28), Spazio 900 and Room 26 where DJs such as David Guetta, Bob Sinclair, Kenny Carpenter and François Kevorkian often rip up the dance floor.
At the opposite end of the dance music realm stands Reggae, with its very simple harmonies and hypnotic effects, the third major trend of Rome’s nightlife for 2011. Reggae Pub Dread Lion, Big Bang (Weedaklan & Mastafire on January 21), Init Club, Intifada and Villaggio Globale will often stage this slow, rhythmic style characterized by accents on the off-beat, leaving the crowd begging for more Jamaican vibe.
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