“Love all these Dance System tunes.”
”With a pair of slamming house cuts on Eats Everything’s Edible label, this is peak time business from Dance System, a grand return to house music for Connolly.” MIXMAG
“Absolutely loving this new one (Please) from Dance System.”
“At the forefront of dance music for over ten years, as one of the UK’s most progressive producers, L-Vis 1990 revives Dance System, following a five-year break, with the playful Wind Em Up EP, offering is a playful take on the serious world of techno.” HYPEBEAST
“Everything Dance System sends me has some amazing quality that is different to what everyone else is doing. He’s gonna have a big year."
“Wind ‘Em Up; four infectious house belters designed specifically with the dancefloor in mind.” FACT
“When Night Slugs boss James Connolly, slips on his Dance System alias, the mission is simple: slamming, but pointedly simple and unfussy, tracks that get your ass on the dancefloor.” NOISEY
“You’re going to be hearing Dance System’s name a lot this year.” MELLA DEE
”Damn hot shit, this is killer house.” GROOVE
“Sometimes you just want to unleash some slamming house bangers. And that’s exactly what Night Slugs co-founder aka L-Vis 1990 is doing under his Dance System guise.” DUMMY
London’s James Connolly hasn’t just survived in the volatile world of electronic music, he’s helped shape it. At the forefront of dance music for over a decade, Connolly has left an indelible mark as a progressive producer and DJ under both his aliases - L-Vis 1990 and Dance System - and as the co-founder of the highly influential label, Night Slugs, aptly described by Vice as “re-shaping the sound of British clubbing" during the label’s 10th Anniversary last year.
Connolly’s visionary-yet-reverent releases on PMR (Island), Mad Decent, Sound Pellegrino, Ultramagic, Clone, Monkeytown and Edible, have seen him cited over and over as a major influence by a new generation of producers, such as recent Grammy-winner Mura Masa, whilst he’s also celebrated by the veterans; with Diplo a long-time champion, and Calvin Harris proclaiming Connolly his “favourite DJ.”
Following the Dance System releases on Clone and Ultramajic, Connolly took a House hiatus, as he focused on his L-Vis 1990 project, releasing his 12 Thousand Nights album via Warp, hailed by Rolling Stone as “a small rap masterpiece”, whilst also producing for other artists and launching his nineteen90.studio, boasting clients such as Prada, Moschino, Nike, Adidas, Opening Ceremony, Cartier and more.
In April, Connolly revived his Dance System alias with the Wind 'Em Up EP, on Modeselektor’s lauded Monkeytown Records, followed by the Please / Make Funky House Great Again two-tracker on Eats Everything’s Edible Records in July, which was premiered by Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1, Mixmag on Soundcloud, and Calvin Harris on Spotify. In today’s serious techno world, and against the current political landscape, Dance System is the playful breath of fresh air we all want and need. With influence from Dance Mania and Relief Records, Dance System takes a nod from Chicago, but makes a new sound distinctly his own, as he boils dance music down to its core elements to create infectious club tools, but with character that will standout in any set.
It’s clear everyone else agrees, as the support for Dance System keeps flooding in; from Calvin Harris, Annie Mac, Peggy Gou, Pete Tong, Danny Howard, Eats Everything, Ben UFO, DJ Deeon, Mixmag, Rinse FM, NTS, FACT, Hypebeast, NPR, TEED, Eclair Fifi, Mella Dee, Mele, Spotify / Apple / Tidal editorial, Boiler Room, Beatport, Defected, Dirtybird, Anjunadeep, Domino, Trekkie Trax, Nina Las Vegas, Tom Ravenscroft, Modeselektor, Groove, Dummy, Sally C, Jaguar, Virgil Abloh, Richie Hawtin, DJ Boring, Denis Sulta, Benji B, Kettama, KiNK, Badu, Tensnake etc.
Following a support slot on Modeselektor’s tour, Dance System returns to play some key shows this summer, including headlining the Smirnoff stage at Lovebox, Berghain/Panorama Bar, Reading Festival and Glastonbury, on the incredible new IICON stage, where FACT declared his set one of the highlights of the entire festival. Those unable to attend can check his DJ mixes, including a B2B with Dance Mania legend DJ Deeon on Rinse FM.
Behind the scenes Dance System is planning two more releases before the year is out. As Eats Everything recognised; "Dance System’s gonna have a big year."