Author: Kristal Hawkins

  • ‘Deep Space’ w/ Kode9+Appleblim

    Two of dubstep’s more unusual producers join resident depths-plunderer Francois K. Alongside his Skull Disco cofounder Shackleton, Appleblim integrated techno and experimentalism into a genre that had threatened to collapse into the soundtrack for fist-pumping, foot-stomping Brit bros. Their Soundboy comps remain treasuries of fresh ideas. Bass theorist Kode9’s Hyperdub label gave us Burial, Laurel […]

  • Starkey+Chrissy Murderbot

    Tonight’s headliners share a love for electronica’s most obstreperous subtypes, and seminal-IDM-label turned juke-curators Planet Mu have rewarded them for it. Philadelphia laptop battler Starkey calls his mélange of grim, dubstep, breakcore, and hip-hop “street bass.” Chicago’s Chrissy Murderbot spent a year establishing himself as a true scholar of dance music by releasing a mixtape […]

  • ‘Discovery’ w/ Jus-Ed+Tim Sweeney+Mike Servito+Free Magic+Faso

    Connecticut comeback king Jus-Ed is largely responsible for the local house revival, yet he’s never merely nostalgic. The Underground Quality boss’s sets tap into the eternal present, always soundtracking this party, right now, tonight, whether he’s delivering label artists Nina Kraviz, DJ Q, and Anthony Parasole or jaunting further afield. Tim Sweeney (Beats in Space, […]

  • ‘Mister Sunday’: Optimo

    JD Twitch and JG Wilkes aren’t known for producing or remixing; it’s just their DJing that made their Optimo parties at Glasgow’s Sub Club an international nightlife legend. There’s not a genre these guys haven’t mined, always in the service of a cathartic good time. Their selections are accessible but often unexpected, wide-ranging but always […]

  • ‘Of Art and Artifice’ w/ Michna+Com Truise+Lusine

    The Art Directors Club festival focuses on visual artists affiliated with Ghostly International but a few of the Detroit label’s musical acts kick off the tribute. Michna introduced himself in 2008 with the affable tech-hop of Magic Monday; his new Moving Mountains shines just as brightly. Com Truise meanwhile bust out a minor hit in […]

  • ‘Body High’ w/ Samo Sound Boy+Jim-E Stack+DJ Funeral

    Samo Soundboy jacks sounds from Argentine clubs, Chicago house, and radio-friendly hip-hop, threading everything into a high-energy new story. The Los Angeles-based producer’s label, Body High, is winning respect from Trouble & Bass and beyond thanks to singles from Newark’s low-end-loving Brick Bandits (DJ Sliink and Nadus) and from Jersey garage god Todd Edwards. New […]

  • James Holden+Kassem Mosse+Om Unit+Silent Diane

    You’d think James Holden’s fondness for the highs of trance and the obviousness of progressive house would make him unbearable, but the Oxford math wizard is smart enough to channel those tendencies into an engaging set that’s at once IDM-influenced and indie-friendly. Seeing mysterious Kassem Mosse in daylight might be a surreal experience: His raw, […]

  • ‘Verboten’ w/ dOP+Crazy P

    Two of house’s quirkier organic acts deliver full live sets. The Parisian trio known as dOP favor synths, strings, the occasional horn section, and odd simulacra of sexiness. Nottingham sometimes-quintet Crazy P used to call themselves Crazy Penis until they decided it wasn’t commercial enough; they like hot baths, disco, and smartly-realized Smokey Robinson samples. […]

  • Todd Terje+Manik

    Todd Terje is one of Scandinavia’s best new-disco purveyors, reinterpreting sun-soaked Balearic house for cooler climes. Not content to limit his edits to long-unheard relics, he dusts his sets with anything from CSNY to Ace of Bass. Queens’ own MANIK has had his Warriors-loving house picked up by Poker Flat, Ovum, and Hot Creations. With […]

  • ‘Krautrock Classics’ w/ Nite Jewel+Peanut Butter Wolf

    Peanut Butter Wolf has never been inextricably tied to the hip-hop he and the late Charizma first found success with back in ’89: His sets have often been pop-friendly and his label, Stones Throw, has branched away from Madlib’s one-man industry to encompass the varied avant-soul of Dam-Funk, Mayer Hawthorne, Aloe Blacc, and James Pants. […]