It’s that time of year. Don’t fall into the trap of last minute plans and New Year’s Eve disappointment. Our surefire musical pick for NYE in Montreal is Nicole Moudaber at Stereo. An elite soundsystem combined with an astute techno artist. The best part is that since it’s a late night event, you can still be wherever you need to at midnight.
There’s a reason why she has earned the moniker Queen of Stereo from both club-goers and the club itself. In both her productions and her live-sets, she has an uncommon handle on percussion and low-end frequencies. This deep, drum oriented style is the perfect match for Stereo’s boxed architecture and acoustics. Nicole is also responsible for one of our favourite tracks of the year, “The Journey Begins”, a collaboration with Victor Calderone. It’s about as aptly titled as possible for techno. A true journey, it’s a one of those rare techno songs that is good in both the context of a mix and on it’s own. It has been a staple at our parties since it’s release, and the reception from the crowd is always euphoric.
Her latest release, on Adam Beyer‘s Drumcode, Sonic Language, is a formidable follow up, with a throbbing bottom end and a light ethereal breakdown. Perfect as opener to a dark set, and that’s exactly how it’s used on her Drumcode podcast, recorded live at Magazzini Generali in Milan, Italy. It features a number of unsigned tracks by Nicole, and been on high rotation at the office for the past couple of days.