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RISE::Friday August 12::Astro&Glyde + Joe Mama

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Friday August 12 marks this NYC duo's return to Boston. After their lauded, and infamous 2004 appearance at Rise & Pravda, Astro&Glyde return to promote their latest mix compilation, The LeSouk Sunday Sessions.

Sunday night: while most folks are winding down their weekend, Sunday Sessions founder Swamy and resident DJs Astro&Glyde are marshalling a packed house of full-throttle party people on a 14-hour odyssey of funk-filled beats. Le Souk Sunday Sessions is the soundtrack for the energetic and non-stop house music bacchanal that keeps the weekend going into Monday morning in New York’s East Village. This double disc set captures the two sides of the Le Souk Sunday Sessions that have made these parties legendary as a global party destination: the sun-kissed sexiness on the terrace by day (Swamy) and the down ‘n dirty grooves by night inside (Astro&Glyde)!

Seen from the street, the unassuming North African lounge/restaurant just looks like another East Village eatery; but inside, through the hookah-smoke filled passages, is a path to a different world. Sunday Sessions was born in the tiny sun-drenched lawn in the back of the restaurant, and the first parties immediately intimated images of the white island paradise of Ibiza. As the legends of the endless weekend spread and the party built up over the years, the owners of Le Souk met the demand of clubbers by building … down? Excavating 20ft down into the back patio, the party literally went underground. Now in its 4th year, with a newly expanded patio terrace, the Le Souk Sunday Sessions continues the journey.

Sunday Sessions has also earned a special place in the global DJ circuit. New York City is a required stop for DJs touring the states, and before skipping town after a weekend of spinning at NYC’s top clubs, you’ll often find the world’s superstar DJs kicking back at Le Souk. Whether they’re gracing the decks as impromptu guest DJs or just taking the whole scene in, Le Souk Sunday Sessions has played host to Sasha, John Digweed, Danny Howells, Sander Kleinenberg, Roger Sanchez, Danny Tenaglia, Mr. C, The Scumfrog, Lee Burridge, Behrouz, and other elite players among the dance music cognoscenti.

There’s an upfront energy and twisted journey you take at Le Souk where the DJs understand what it takes inspire a crowd and to keep the party going long after the weekend should technically be over. In the city that never sleeps, this is the weekend that never ends. It’s the latest incarnation in New York City’s tradition of outrageous parties, underground clubbing and hedonistic dance music. There’s no other place in America that brings together such diversity and experiences. In generations past there was Studio 54, Paradise Garage and The Loft, then Limelight’s heady club kid days that led into the DJ-centric era of Twilo and the explosion of DJ culture. Le Souk invokes all these memories with it’s full-throttle free-for-all party aesthetic and attitude.

Let the Le Souk Sunday Sessions be your souvenir soundtrack for the summer and your passport to the party that never ends.

“Local house DJ Jason Swamy hosts this house party that's become a packed-and-sweaty fave. During the summer months, when the back area features an open-air roof, some say it's as close to Ibiza as you'll get in Alphabet City.†– NEW YORK METRO

“For progressive-house lovers who refuse to let the weekend end, North African restaurant-lounge Le Souk is the spot to be.†– TIME OUT NEW YORK

James & Gaby will also be a part of the RISE DJ Sessions @ Virgin on Saturday Aug 13.

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