Between the heatwave, Bay to Breakers, and this weekend’s heady electronic bookings, it seems like San Franciscans will be getting their fair share of vitamin D and vodka. Raise one up. Here’s to house, dub techno, hardware sets and sunscreen.
For a full list of events visit SF Station’s Events Calendar.
Friday, May 16: Analog Bubblebath w/ Convextion (Live), Spacetime Continuum at 1192 Folsom
There’s not much out there from Gerard Hanson: two aliases (techno as Convextion, electro as E.R.P.), a release total since 1995 that sits in the single digits and a recent Tresor night alongside Berlin-Detroit axis doyens, DeepChord and Mike Huckaby (for those not yet familiar with dance music history, that’s big). Though sparse, the gap between the Dallas producer’s rare output and regarded reputation is filled with immensely rich sound design, striking for its deep, emotional resonance found on tracks like “Equanimity,” the opener to his only, self-titled album from 2006, and his untraceable subtlety in build and progression. Put in the laconic style of its maker, this is masterful, beautiful techno.
Saturday, May 17: AYLI presents Move D B2B Optimo, Jackmaster at Public Works
“We cannot know,” chants Move D’s slow throbbing “Aspiration 2010”—it’s an apt declaration for this night. The Heidelberg house producer has put forth a niche, smoggy, enveloping sound since his texturally ambient KUNSTSTOFF debut in 1995 to his fabric 74 commercial mix earlier this year. Though his productions casually meander between subtly sinuous grooves like “To The Disco ’77” and more introspective work as Magic Mountain High alongside JuJu & Jordash, Move D’s DJ sets push into fervid house territories. He’ll be matched b2b (“back to back”) by none other than Scottish duo Optimo, a.k.a. Twitch and Jonnie Wilkes, whose infamy is rooted in an all-genre, two-decade night at Glasgow’s Sub Club. The duo continues to flourish with international showcases, a Rinse FM show and Twitch’s tasteful Optimo Music imprint, which releases free-jazz to Golden Teacher’s indie disco-punk. Whether cumbia, acid house, psych rock or a no-nonsense Cajmere banger arises, quality eclecticism promises this party to be rather unpredictable, though fully loaded.
Saturday, May 17: HAÇETERIA presents Ital (Live) & Aurora Halal (Live) at 1192 Folsom
More than 50 years from the 1960s, perhaps there’s room to dissociate “psychedelia” from saturated hues and panoramic daylight and reframe it in chrome-confined, nocturnal spaces. Brooklyn based Ital and Aurora Halal are two such producers modernizing this mind space with melting, texturally abstract dance music. Ital, a.k.a. Daniel Martin-McCormick, has experimented with myriad sound structures, from punk to noise band, to his zany production debut on 100% Silk in 2011, to 2013’s subdued hypno-house release for exquisitely architectural imprint, Workshop. Now, via his own Lovers Rock label, Ital and Halal have just released The Day After EP, a synthesis of the former’s off the grid energies, and the latter upcoming producer’s shadowy drone. Each performing a live set, deep churns and rich frequencies loom ahead.
Sunday, May 18: Daytime Realness Spring Fling at El Rio
Outdoor dance patio, cupcakes, drag shows, lightning disco and house groovers—there’s no better place to continue getting chocolate wasted after Bay to Breakers than Daytime Realness (every 3rd Sunday of the month). The crowd’s characters are just as strong as the cocktails, and the party goes from 3pm to 8pm, with pho, Thai and taco spots stacking the block.
Sunday, May 18: House Forum presents Sunday Funktion w/ Matrixxman at Audio
On the flip, for a dark, swanky Bay to Breakers day party, Audio is putting on a small handful of DJs from noon to 10pm, topped off by SF’s own Matrixxman. He’s the club’s resident DJ, supporting Audion Live to MK and his analog-thumping sophomore EP The XX Files: Part II, just dropped via Soo Wavey last month. Can’t go wrong with locally grown.
[Photo courtesy of Daytime Realness by Shot in the City]