“Love all these Dance System tunes!” CALVIN HARRIS
”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 from Dance System.” ANNIE MAC
“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
“These Dance System tracks are SOOO GOOD!” A-TRAK
“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." EATS EVERYTHING
“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
”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 Hypebeast as “re-shaping the sound of British clubbing" during the label’s 10th Anniversary last year.
Connolly’s visionary-yet-reverent releases on PMR, Warp, 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 and A-Trak long-time champions, and Calvin Harris proclaiming Connolly his “favourite DJ.”
Following the Dance System releases on Clone and Ultramajic, Connolly took a five-year House hiatus as he focused on his L-Vis 1990 project, going on to release his 12 Thousand Nights album via Warp, hailed by Rolling Stone as “a small rap masterpiece”, whilst also producing for other artists and launching the nineteen90.studio; boasting clients Prada, Moschino, Nike, Adidas, Opening Ceremony and more.
In April, Connolly revived his Dance System alias with the Wind 'Em Up EP, on Modeselektor’s lauded Monkeytown , followed by the Please EP on Eats Everything’s Edible in July, which was premiered by Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1, Mixmag on Soundcloud, and Calvin Harris on Spotify. Also, check out his recent Against The Clock for FACT and guest show on NTS.
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 stands out 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, Patrick Topping, 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, Joe Goddard, A-Trak, The Black Madonna, Virgil Abloh, Richie Hawtin, DJ Boring, Denis Sulta, Benji B, Kettama, KiNK, Badu, Tensnake, Huxley, Dennis Ferrer, Catz n Dogz and Heidi.
Following a support slot on Modeselektor’s album tour, Dance System returned to play some key shows this summer, including headlining stages at Lovebox, Parklife and Reading festivals, alongside playing Berghain/Panorama Bar, while FACT declared his Glastonbury set, on the incredible new IICON stage, one of their highlights of the entire festival. Those unable to attend his shows, 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."