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Public Works: Public Release x Let’s Play House with Lovefingers
November 22, 2019 @ 10:00 pm - 11:59 pm
Public Works presents
PUBLIC RELEASE x LET’S PLAY HOUSE
Some people are recognized for having good taste, but it’s those who make taste that are most commonly remembered. There’s a fine line between being a music fan and being a true enthusiast. The latter is constantly learning and sharing for sincere and earnest reasons. While popularity-chasing fans are widespread—especially in this era, marked by an obsession with “the DJ”—the few rulers of the taste-making craft outlast the hype and sit respectfully amongst their crate-digging peers. Andrew Hogge—whom you might know better as Lovefingers—is a member of this rare breed. Most DJs within (and beyond) the this unique and compelling scene—where disco, house, techno and an “anything goes” mentality cozily cohabitate—owe Lovefingers a lot. And one thing’s for sure: if it wasn’t for his countless hours of relentless posting on his Lovefingers website (lovefingers.org), which was the first and what some audiophiles consider to be the finest thread to ever grace the Web, aspiring DJs might not be nearly as interested in record-collecting today. Andrew is much more than a man with an eclectic library however; he’s a DJ, producer, multi-instrumentalist, and the ear and face of his record label ESP Institute. The LA native has released widely sought after records from a range of esoteric producers such as Tornado Wallace, Soft Rocks, Cos/Mes, Young Marco and Tambien all while maintaining his trademark future forward sound and aestheitc. From day one, ESP Institute releases have found their way into the bags of dance-floor icons from DJ Harvey to Andrew Weatherall, Erol Alkan to Dixon and James Murphy to Todd Terje. While juggling all of the above and being a full time father, Lovefingers can be found traveling the world to DJ at countless of the worlds best club nights, festivals and events such as MoMA PS1 Warm Up, the Whitney Biennial, Mayan Warrior at Burning Man, and collaborate with his friends (notably with Lee Douglas as The Stallions), as well as making regular appearances on cult radio shows like Beats In Space.
Jacques Renault was a post-punk Washington, D.C. native who moved to Chicago in 1997 to continue his studies of viola, but in turn got an education in dance music. Tapping into the well-established drum ‘n’ bass scene, he held a residency at Smart Bar and became a buyer at the legendary Gramaphone Records. This broad, raw exposure to House lead him straight back to the classics of Disco and its heart, New York City, where he landed in 2002.
As a DJ, Jacques has held residencies at New York’s famed Happy Endings, APT, Tribeca Grand and 205 Club, and has been a guest around the globe in venues like Tokyo’s Womb, Rio’s D-edge, London’s Fabric and Plastic People, and Berlin’s Panorama Bar. With his remixes, edits, original tracks, and collaborative project Runaway, he has released music on internationally acclaimed New York labels DFA, Chinatown, RVNG INTL, Throne of Blood, Italians Do It Better, Editions Disco, and Wurst, as well as Tokyo’s Mule Musiq & Crue-L, Parisian imprint I’m A Cliché, Munich’s Permanent Vacation, Sydney’s Hole In The Sky and Future Classic, and, of course, London/Berlin’s Rekids.
Along with his Runaway partner Marcos Cabral, Jacques owns and operates the label On The Prowl, and OTP Party Breaks, both of which feature their own material as well as original and remix work from Andy Ash, Simoncino, Brennan Green, TBD, Cosmo Vitelli, the Revenge, Azari & III, Tensnake, Nicholas, Coyote, and Kaos, amongst others. Jacques has also taken up production duties for a number of artists including Warp Records’ the Hundred In the Hands, which also featured Richard X, Eric Broucek and Chris Zane.
After nearly a decade of playing for others in NYC, Jacques, along with good friend Nik Mercer, began producing his own series of events called Let’s Play House. The duo has brought in guests from abroad like Horse Meat Disco, Mugwump, Rub ‘N’ Tug, Nicholas, the Revenge, Tiger & Woods, and Todd Edwards as well as local talents DJ Spun, Morgan Geist/Metro Area, TBD, Beg to Differ, Brennan Green, Midnight Magic, and Dan Selzer to name a few. Let’s Play House is a moving party that uses Brooklyn warehouses, Manhattan ballrooms, hotel lounges, and everything in between for its regular events. As of September, 2012, LPH is also a record label, releasing one 12″ every month. Roster members include the Dead Rose Music Company, Naum Gabo, Fantasic Man (Mic Newman), the M.E.B., Runaway, Toby Tobias, Bicep, and more.
Under the unofficial tagline “A label for music, culture and home to degenerates”, San Francisco based independent record label Public Release Recordings was founded by Eugene “Eug” Whang in 2009. The label was launched as a platform for music produced by Eug’s immediate circle of friends, and although eight years on the scope is now unmistakably international, that sense of community remains. The discography, which by the end of 2019 will comprise of 21 releases, features more than 20 contributing artists including Soulwax, Tim Sweeney, Jacques Renault, Earth Boys, Mark E, Velvet Season & The Hearts of Gold, Eric Duncan and Force of Nature. There is no definitive sound attached to the label, but rather each release is carried out as a focussed individual project, receiving its own distinct direction and treated with the utmost care and attention to detail. A long time DJ, Eug took on the role of “party promoter” due to not finding the exact party he wanted to frequent. He would start the party FACE in 2007, aiming to bridge the gap between San Francisco’s bar and club scenes. After outgrowing its small dive bar origins, Eug moved the party into larger club venues where he has hosted notables such as DJ Harvey, James Murphy, Massive Attack, 2Many DJ’s, Jamie XX, Daniele Baldelli and many more. Regardless of the size and nature of the venue, the music policy has always been about mixing things up and offering plenty of variety. This philosophy of musical diversity and anything goes, would eventually birth the FACE party mantra – “Its not a genre, it’s a feeling”.