Every Friday at 222 Hyde! (now the home of The Basement)
Start your weekend proper with this most excellent extended happy hour, each and every Friday at The Basement. Play It Cool resident Matthew Favorites and special guests provide an eclectic mix of dance music from past and future; balearic, boogie, house, garage, disco, and the chillest vibes will be available for your enjoyment. ⛵️
⭐️ This week's guest: CHRIS ORR⭐️
Chris Orr became fascinated with music in the late ‘70s by tuning into the BBC on the radio in Ireland. By the early ‘80s he was rifling through the racks of music stores in Northern Ireland for records by Depeche Mode, Fad Gadget, New Order, Thomas Leer, and everything from punk rock to Shalamar. He began djing in the summer of 1986 and caught the Chicago house bug in the fall of that year. He took off to London in 1987 where he immersed himself in a wide range of beat-driven music, from hip-hop to industrial.
He djed all through the late ‘80s and into the ‘90s before setting off to San Francisco in 1995. From the mid-to-late ‘90s he wrote and edited for XLR8R, URB, Mixmag, Revolution and other publications. As well as working for magazines Orr has also written liner notes and promotional sheets for projects as diverse as Guidance Recordings’ first compilation, Hi-Fidelity House Imprint One, Italian label DFC/Expanded Music’s Confuzed Disco compilation and Sony Japan’s Appleseed soundtrack, which featured tracks by Akufen, Adult., Basement Jaxx, Uwe Schmidt and Ryuichi Sakamoto.
His preferred style of djing is an upfront mix of house, techno and garage —inspired by the eclectic mixes he heard coming out of London and Manchester in the late ‘80s. This was the standard way of playing house in the early days, as there weren’t enough records to focus on one particular sub-genre. He also djs hip-hop, disco, funk, industrial and rock. He has played opening and/or closing sets for Jovonn, Four Tet, Ceephax Acid Crew, David Holmes, Carl Craig, Pal Joey, Charles Webster, Z-Trip, DJ Harvey, Seiji, Shortkut, Daz i-Kue, Joey Negro, Simian Mobile Disco, Omid Nourizadeh, Peanut Butter Wolf, SBTRKT, DJ Godfather, Larry Heard, Simon DK and Juan Atkins. He has also played support to artists such as The Buzzcocks, The Wedding Present, Innerzone Orchestra, The Rapture and Mobb Deep.⤵️
Get bonkers happy hour deals from 6p-8p when you mention the:
✨Play It Cool $2 Drink Specials✨
✅ $2 Coronas
✅ $2 Heinekens
✅ $2 Sapporos
✅ $2 House soju & sake shots
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