Back for the season opening on Halloween Manga Disco with Mehmet Alsan on Thursday 25 October 2018.
After a string of stand out performances across the world, we are delighted to be welcoming the talented Mehmet Aslan playing in Dubai for the first time alongside resident Alex D.R.
In a world of crate diggers, willfully eclectic selectors and micro-scene experts, few DJs and producers maintain the curiosity, bulletproof taste and unique identity of Mehmet Aslan.
Born to Turkish immigrant parents and raised in Basel, Switzerland, a childhood absorbing Turkish music was only the beginning of an esoteric trip down a rabbit hole of fascinating, often unusual music, enrapturing dancefloors with his own record collection alongside his own, equally varied productions.
Aslan’s teenage years lead to a typical but in his case, truly obsessive dive into record collecting, chalking up hundreds of house and techno releases amongst friends.
However, holding onto his more extensive collection and taste for the offbeat sounds of his childhood, Aslan began to edit some of the more unusual records into his collection, directing their qualities towards the dancefloor.
This willingness to embrace the risks and foster a curiosity that other DJs might avoid was key to his residency at Basel’’s Hinterhof club.
Soon, a series of serendipitous hook-ups saw Aslan’s increasingly sought-after edits hit stores for the first time, releasing on Get Flavour records and then, Glasgow’s Huntleys & Palmers, featuring on two editions of their celebrated Highlife edits series.
Such was the wider positive response to his edits, H&P invited Aslan to contribute his own music to the label, resulting in 2014’s breakthrough EP, ‘Mechanical Turk’.
The record was hailed by Juno as “brilliantly hard to pin down”, warmly embracing it’s “myriad of styles – post-punk disco and afro-futurism, most notably – whilst not sounding anything like any of them”, and also earned a coveted ⅘ review on Resident Advisor.
Aslan continues to impress as a DJ, forging relationships with institutions such as Nuits Sonores, making multiple appearances at editions of the renowned festival in both Lyon and Tangiers.
He has also graced the sound systems at renowned spaces such as Vent in Tokyo, Concrete in Paris, London’s Corsica Studios, as well as accepting an invitation to perform at Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide festival.
Whether in the confines of the booth, keeping the most open-minded dancefloor on their toes or establishing his own contribution to the musical landscape, Aslan continues to draw disparate lines between genres, eras and sounds, sewing a distinct musical tapestry that’s all his own, yet all yours to get lost in.
Thursday 25 October 2018 from 9pm until 3am.
• AED 100 cash at the door (+1 free drink)
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