San Francisco Pride weekend is upon us. Go out, come out, and stay out late.
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Thursday, June 26: Public Works, ISIS, & Odyssey present Horse Meat Disco at Public Works
Say it out loud. Horse. Meat. Disco. The mental image is giggly (or gristly), but bottom line is: this UK collective’s ode to the “halcyon days of New York nightlife” is all in good fun. Originally a Sunday queer night in South London (at the same club as DJ Harvey, no less), over ten years, HMD has progressed from a party that brought names such as Todd Terje and Optimo, to releasing acclaimed compilations and touring internationally as an act with any number of its four members – James Hillard, Jim Stanton, Serevino, and Luke Howard. Four minds and a fabulous sense of flamboyance makes for a diverse collection that spans the spectrum of ‘70s to modern. Heavy on the disco, but high in the clouds, smiles will be traded for string laden crate finds, dewy “morning music” ballads (also known as sleaze), and skirt-twirling vocal house blown out in full color for ISIS’ Pride Party 2014.
Thursday, June 26: RE:Creation feat. Booka Shade (DJ set) at 1015 Folsom
Like any good rock stars, witnessing Walter Merzinger and Arno Kammermeier, a.k.a. Booka Shade, perform involves a substantial amount of sweat-slinging, stimulating stage presence. It’s part of the reason why they’re still in demand for non-stop touring almost ten years after their defining electronic house album, Movements, whose driving dance sound still rings with a sharp edge. Warmly melodic, bright but steely, and imbued with a rushing energy, Booka Shade’s combustion of club production and live percussion has always been experimental in the most edible way. This party is a DJ set, though expect a mix of the same bass chunky, off-the-wall club tunes that channel into their trademark bounce.
Friday, June 27: Metamorphose feat. Sinjin Hawke, Kingdom at 1015 Folsom
In Sinjin Hawke’s case, bold is better. The Barcelona by way of Montreal based producer has earned his hashtag as a boundary pusher in this digital, adrenalin driven age. ADD and aesthetically exciting, Sinjin’s hairpin switches between colossal bass and celestial basking on a track like “Crystal Dust” (from his 2011 The Light EP) is a prime example of the poignancy he slips into explosive party music, which, by his singular approach, comes as an amalgamation of bass, grime, dubstep, hip-hop, and R&B. Spattered with a “stardust” quality in the form of glassy, chandelier flutters, there’s a lavish swag to Sinjin’s work that hints the future, while also hammering down a modern day party to pieces. You should also check out his video-only Fractal Fantasy label. Like I said, “boundary pusher.”
Juanita MORE! is the bigwig name in San Francisco’s drag scene. After all, her Pride party has been ongoing for ten years, the last of which sprawled a gargantuan set of inflatable, widespread legs in red heels above Jones Bar’s outdoor patio. This year, she welcomes Jake Shears (Scissor Sisters), Jason Kendig (Honey Soundsystem), Kim Ann Foxman (formerly Hercules & Love Affair), Go BANG!, and plenty of drag performances in larger-than-life form. It’ll be all house in this Queen’s palace, from Kim Ann’s ‘90s NYC heat, to Kendig’s collection that can bring just about everything. Plan fierce looks for sure. Tickets will be available at the door.
Sunday, June 29: Honey Soundsystem Pride with Discodromo at Mighty
Some go to the party for the promoter, others for the DJ, but the longer I live in San Francisco it becomes Swarovski clear that Honey Soundsystem is a party to go to for both. For their Sunday night Pride edition, which runs 8pm-4am, Berlin based Italians Discodromo will take their place among (I conjecture) some well-saturated decorations and visual flare. As for the DJ duo themselves, they’re heads to CockTail D’Amore, a party turned label, frequenters of Berlin’s house heady Panorama Bar, and producers worthy of Prins Thomas’ Internasjonal imprint. If you fiend some lip-licking disco to dark, burly tech house, it’s worth the Monday hangover to be in the long haul for this one. Pride!