With a regular spot in our DJ Mag Top 100 Clubs poll, it’s no wonder Brooklyn’s favorite techno outpost, Output, clinched out a Best Of North America win. As one reader commented, “The sound system is hands down one of the best in the five boroughs.” Having spent more than one night immersed inside its Funktion One laden walls, we are hard-pressed to disagree. The 12,000-square-foot venue is a converted warehouse, with unvarnished concrete and exposed steel beams lending a vibe that suits its regular line-ups – think residents like Horse Meat Disco, Bonobo and Seth Troxler.
WHAT exactly constitutes a live show will always be a source of endless discussion in underground dance circles. We’ve all seen a dude up onstage basically playing out the tunes he made at home by triggering a series of pre-made loops, and we all know that ain’t live. Simon Green, though, better known to the world as Ninja Tune’s Bonobo, does it properly, and always has done.