When Rebel Disco czar Jake Goldsmith got the call, he practically lost his shit. Psychemagik would, indeed, be coming to Phoenix to pull a guest gig at the local hepcat DJ collective's Wednesday night party Push Push at Bar Smith, 130 East Washington Street. The 30-year-old's enthusiasm was to be expected, considering the esteemed status that the UK-born producer duo of Danny McLewin and Tom Coveney have among dance music gourmandizers like Goldsmith and the other members of Rebel Disco.
"It's big — real big," he says, "These stops are part of their first-ever U.S. tour, so, yeah, it's big for us, it's big for them, and it's big for Phoenix." Big-name guests are something that Push Push has been featuring the past few weeks, as it recently hosted DFA cohorts as Jacques Renault and Daniel Avery, and Psychemagik are most definitely big.
McLewin and Coveney have earned a legion of loyal followers and thousands of plays on SoundCloud over the past few years with their cosmic-sounding disco-infused remixes of artists ranging from Fleetwood Mac to Justin Velor, as well as their own original dreamy dance tracks.
Goldsmith isn't sure what sort of sounds will make up Psychemagik's Push Push set on Wednesday, February 13, but is certain that it will be worth catching. "When it comes to obscure psychedelic disco gems, these two are tops," Goldsmith says.
Rebel Disco residents like Goldsmith, Aaron Francisco, Edward Navarro, and others will also perform. Doors open at 9 p.m. Admission is free before 10:30 p.m., $5 until midnight, and $10 until last call. See www.rebeldisco.com. — Benjamin Leatherman