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Friday, August 22: AYLI Four Year Anniversary with Todd Terje (Live), Maurice Fulton, DJ Qu, and more at Public Works
Scandinavian disco producer Todd Terje (pronounced something like “Terr-YEAH”) is a playful master at what he does. In 2005, he released “Eurodans” via Prins Thomas’ Full Pupp imprint, filling the nine year gap between that and this year’s stellar full length debut, It’s Album Time, with utterly ecstatic voyages into the star-littered cosmos, warm cocoons of imagination, fervent samba, fluttering drum spirals, funked out basslines, and some of the most floored sonic textures out there. Consider it magic. Not to mention, this party’s completely stacked from start to finish. Heavy nod to DJ Qu’s dark hypnosis, in particular.
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Friday, August 22: Four Tet b2b Jamie XX at 1015 Folsom
Four Tet and Jamie xx (aka Kieran Hebden and Jamie Smith, respectively) are no strangers to going back to back. The UK producers, who coincidentally are alumni of the same school, have both blown their fair share of minds with rare and vibrant perspectives on rhythm and energy. In 2011, Jamie (who is also percussionist and producer for The xx) released his We’re Here Now remix album of jazz poet Gil Scott-Heron, turning an intimate soul narrative into its unimagined, bass-driven and modern counterpart. In return, the past decade has seen steady output from Four Tet, who with each of his seven albums, aliases and compilations (check out his fabriclive 59 mix), expands farther into impossible rhythmics and percussion. Frankly, there are few, if any, electronic artists that could play a more inventive show.
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Saturday, August 23: Honey Soundsystem with DJ Sprinkles at 1192 Folsom
There is beauty in misery. It’s been found in the heaviness of the grand piano, gracefully weeping soundscapes, the snaking narrative buried in NYC’s lost club scene, and, most incomparably, underground house producer Terre Thaemlitz. Her career is conceptually a prolific one. Operating recognizably as DJ Sprinkles, K-S.H.E., and under her own name, nearly all of Thaemlitz’s projects garner the highest critical acclaim. In particular, 2009 saw Midtown 120 Blues via Mule Musiq, an especially transgressive whole that pulls from the shadows, and puts house’s roots in the light. The picture is not a heady one, however, as Thaemlitz cites in the intro: “The contexts from which the Deep House sound emerged are forgotten: sexual and gender crises, transgendered sex work, black market hormones, drug and alcohol addiction, loneliness, racism, HIV.” As Thaemlitz is an American based in Japan with few tours, this a very special party.
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Saturday, August 23: The Shuffle Co-Op brings you Nicuri at Oakland TBA
Rising producer Nicuri makes deep music. That term, especially today, has come to blanket many sounds and ideas, though the artist in question here falls into a distinct movement from the north east, one that’s cerebral, soul stirring, and has a liquidity that seeps out shadow. Fellow New Jersey innovators, Joey Anderson and DJ Qu, are two artists associated with this sound. They’re also two artists closely associated with Nicuri, collaborating wholly as ‘The Exchange Place’ trio, and releasing his dark, moody productions on their Inimeg and Strength Music imprints. With only a few releases and parties to his name so far, perhaps Nicuri doesn’t yet have the hype behind him, but certainly the artistic merit.