I Love Neon is celebrating its 20th birthday

Neon has been shaping Montreal’s electronic music scene for 20 years and is celebrating this month with a line-up that will make your head spin. A movement dedicated to throwing quality events in innovative settings, the collective has grown to become one of the greatest concert promoters in the city that never sleeps (take that New York, you’re not the only one), producing hundreds of shows a year.

Here are our top picks from their November’s line-up:

November 9th – Brodinski at Newspeak

One of the most exciting DJs and producers to explode in recent years, Brodinski has made it his obsession to share quality techno mixed with trap music from Atlanta. Unlike any of his Parisian peers, his love for hip hop drove him to collaborate with industry heavyweights such as Kanye West, for whom he co-produced two tracks alongside his fellow French producer Gesaffelstein. Ever since he was considered the new cool kid on the block, he co-founded the label Bromance with his manager, Manu Barron. Their utopian dream to make people dance to the sound of said unreconcilable musical families – rap and electronic music – turned into reality. This resulted in multifaceted releases, hundreds of parties and festivals all over the world, and residencies on radio stations. On stage, Louis « Brodinski » Rogé plays a game of genre-hopscotch that forces his audience to disregard genre distinctions. Catch him tonight at Newspeak!


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Brodinski
Brodinski

November 10th – Josh Wink at Newspeak

The Ovum label boss has been paving innovations in the techno and house world for two decades. One of today’s most renowned producers and DJs, Josh Wink gained popularity in the 90s for his massive releases Higher State of Consciousness and Don’t Laugh, which won him invitations to spin at prestigious nightspots all over the world. However, as his success grew, he stayed true to his roots and maintained his integrity as a top-notch DJ. Gifted with phenomenal performance methods, he mixes acid house, dub-techno, and hard house into rich, deeply resonant sounds that make for delicious dancefloor vibes. His ceaseless quest for acid-laced melodies and hypnotic techno rhythms defined him as a truly talented household name. Behind turntables, his tracks are appropriate for both booty shakin’ and abstract chillin’.


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Josh Wink
Josh Wink

November 17th – Dusky at Newspeak

The electronic duo from London, consisting of Alfie Granger-Howell and Nick Harriman, has gotten dance music down to an exact science, a search for the perfect fusion of underground influences, dance floor fantasies, and heart-on-sleeve emotion. Their meticulous sound design and catchy tracks ensure maximum impact in a nightclub. Their methodical arrangements blend in bright, melodic progressive house influenced by jazz, classical, and avant-garde electronica. As they moved towards a darker, deeper sound, iconic DJs such as Pete Tong, Maya Jane Coles, and Laurent Garnier started playing their music. In 2014, they set up their own label, marked by the duo’s characteristic balance of hard and soft. On November 17th, let’s take a deep dive into British rave history!

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Dusky
Dusky

November 19th – RÜFÜS DU SOL at MTELUS

The alternative dance group from Sydney will once again have us on our feet and trapped in a blissful euphoric mood. Their swimmingly laid-back dance tracks are designed to fill a dance floor with smiling faces while Tyrone Lindqvist’s smooth and gentle voice comfortably whispers into our ears. Their bright and vibrating pop tunes evoke the promise of early evening hedonism that descends into a hectic dance breakdown. Inspired by the legendary venues in Berlin, the epicenter of European electronic music, Rüfüs mixes together the pulsating house build-ups of a German club with the light grooves of sunny Australian summers. While their main focus is to make appealing music for the masses, it’s live where the band truly comes into its own. On stage, their songs take on a new life.

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Rufus Du Sol
RÜFÜS DU SOL

November 22nd – Digitalism at Newspeak

Jens Moelle & Ismail Tuefekci are probably the artists most dedicated of all to the idea of merging rock and electronic dance music. While loads of rock bands make music for the dance floor, the Hamburg duo makes electronic music that everyone can rock to. In the past few years, they have been known for their indie remixes of important bands such as The White Stripes, The Klaxons, and The Cure, among others. Signed by the hot label Kitsuné, the house-rock duo started producing reliable club staples full of thumping techno beats, fizzy guitar breaks, poking drum machines, and distorted synth. On stage, their ever-evolving gig set-up is designed to never drop out of groove. Smothered with heavy compression, their tracks make their synthesizers act like rock instruments with celestial overtones. “If Franz Ferdinand are doing rock music that make people dance, Digitalism are making dance music that make people rock.”

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Digitalism
Digitalism

Photo Credits: Nicholas Hunt

Complete I Love Neon lineup here

If you missed out on Kali Uchis and Petit Biscuit’ amazing performances, here is your chance to catch up!