“There’s a lot of nothing going on in this city,” comments Ron Morelli, his common, blunt introduction to New York. Raised on punk and hardcore music in the ’90s, he quickly grasped the allure of stripped-down house and techno, and soon enough discovered that New York boasts a strong DIY electronic scene despite the disappearance of its once robust dance music culture. He founded his label, Long Island Electrical Systems—L.I.E.S. for short—in 2009 and has since been taking the dance music world by storm, releasing the work of an international constellation of underground artists, who each pay true homage to the gritty origins of house and techno.
As an employee of the Lower East Side’s used vinyl mecca A-1 Records, Ron can pick out limited pressings, obscure B-sides and bottom-of-the-bin gems with no sweat. In a similar fashion, he’s picked out some of New York’s best live venues, restaurants and record shops for Unlike. Here’s New York as it should be, done DIY and damn well funky.