Soccer by day, sound systems by night. It won’t be the worst way to spend another beautiful summer weekend in San Francisco. On the dance floor, we’re rooting for jungle, Berlin, tech house and more quality tunes from Detroit.
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Friday, June 20: 120 Minutes presents Lee Bannon at Elbo Room
Brooklyn-based Lee Bannon was first a hip-hop producer, though the best of us seem to figure out how to avoid doing the same thing over and over. His most recent efforts, Alternate / Endings via Nina Tune, caught glances in the electronic world for its heavy rethink of jungle and drum & bass. Stomping and atmospheric, it falls along the lines of other emerging bass or noise artists who’re all transgressing beyond the forward 4/4 pump, though Bannon’s work seems to be on a page of its own. In a way, he’s bit of a collage artist, taking jagged cutouts of jazz, trap, hip-hop and cemetery mist, then piecing them into a new whole, complimentary to the chaos of jungle’s breaks. Bannon’s music may be a little off-putting at first, though last time I checked, unfamiliarity is often a good step towards progression.
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Friday, June 20: Sound Department 011 w/ Baikal at Monarch
There is not much info out there on Berlin based newcomer, Baikal. His press photo appears to be a lemur (or a similar creature); he both debuted on and was the first release for Mano Le Tough and The Drifter’s joint deep house imprint, Maeve, in 2012; and, in return, he’s had remix work done by Dixon and Ripperton. Beyond the rattle of name associations, Baikal’s productions and remixes so far seem to be sticking. Slow-burning with thick basslines and wafting, humid synth chords, it’s a burrowing sound, both feverish and frigid, that’s perhaps a bit more reflective of what’s going down in smaller clubs across the pond.
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Saturday, June 21: As You Like It w/ Maya Jane Coles, Kim Ann Foxman, Alex Arnout, & Young Marco at Public Works
For more than a hot second, the dance world experienced a Maya Jane Coles phenomenon, where the UK based producer/DJ output a serious slue of tech house chart toppers, a top-notch BBC Essential Mix, and a full-length debut, Comfort via her I Am Me imprint, in summer 2013. Now, this lady’s on top of big brand club music, and it’s not without reason. Coles pleasingly wraps sleek sensuality, a soulful deepness and something dark into a catchy package that can lean either towards techno (e.g. her remix for Audion v. Tiga “Let’s Go Dancing”), or lyric laden pop-house. All in all, she’s got talent aplenty, and will surely put on a party for any crowd, including her upcoming summer at Richie Hawtin’s ENTER. Ibiza. Upstairs in the Loft, it’ll get a little more oddball with Amsterdam up-and-comer, Young Marco, whose eclectic multi-genre influences have culminated into refreshing, lambent productions and excellently obscure song selection. For something mind-opening, I’d go vibe upstairs for a good hunk of the night.
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Saturday, June 21: The Shuffle Co-Op and Roundabout Sound Bring You Rick Wilhite at Riddim
In regards to feeling “alive,” a quality house set and standing atop a mountain shouldn’t be all that different, especially when in close encounters with Detroit’s Rick “The Godson” Wilhite. Though he’s not a prolific producer, the self-described “reliable source of unknown music” is an unparalleled curator, as proven by his late vinyl shop, Vibes New & Rare, plus the Rush Hour compilation that takes the same name – its second installment of New York, Chicago, and Detroit groove just dropped this year. On the performance front, Wilhite, self-taught since age thirteen, has two decades of DJ craft as Three Chairs (alongside Theo Parrish and Kenny Dixon Jr), and his own venerated reputation for mixes of molten soul and funk, fervent house, and the headiest dropped horn solo from Miami Sound Machine & Gloria Estefan. Even better, this is an indoor/outdoor party that goes day into night.