Tonight, in a rather dodgy backroom, of a once notorious part of Dalston, in a once derelict (metaphorically speaking) part of London the best club night in town will happen once more. Bad Passion happens monthly, a collaboration between (the oft mentioned round these parts) Oki-Ni and some seriously interesting DJ’s and musicians. (Phoreski, Felix Dickinson, Mark Seven and my personal fave so far – Eric Duncan from Rub N’ Tug) Bad Passion happens at the back-room of the Shacklewell arms, (itself the source of many nefarious stories and ‘run-ins’) where Dalston blurs into Stoke Newington, it’s relative distance from the craziness of Kingsland Road (think Bedford Avenue x2) gives it an edge of discovery that is now rather lacking from this nascent area.
Once inside, the fun really does start, the dancefloor is pitch black – and I mean pitch black, which funnily enough is awesome. The second bizarre thing about this venue is the outside section, which is like some crazy rum whore house, tatty but with these strangely intoxicating murals on the wall.
Beyond the decor, Bad Passion is all about the music, edgy spaced out psych/funk/disco/electronic/deephouse – there’s probably alot more genres I could splice into this but as I noted with the 50 parties post, it’s devotion to the unconventional and obscure while still firmly planting your feet on the dancefloor that gives Bad Passion an edge over some of it’s more perceived illustrious neighbours.
As anyone will know with half an eye on anything interesting and different it will probabaly get overrun with the latecomers that always ruin stuff like this (yes that’s you posh primorse hill/hampstead kids) but until that time, we can revel in people with genuine passion playing music for people that adore it’s off kilter charms. Here are some links to Phoreski’s mixes and and here’s a great interview with Daniel Mitchell from Oki-Ni on the Bad Passion night… (from the Oki-Ni Blog.)
See you on the dancefloor tonight!