The Burning Man contingent is back, San Francisco’s unofficial summer is about to begin and the parties—mostly held down by American artists this weekend—are looking just as lovely.
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Thursday, September 4: Seth Troxler & Craig Richards at Public Works
At London’s world-famous Fabric nightclub, Craig Richards is No. 1. He’s the club’s original resident, as well as the mixer behind fabric 001, a compilation series now in its thirteenth year and 77th iteration. Similar to Lee Burridge (a former collaborator), Richards masters a steady and entrancing take on tech house that’s moody, minimal and more addictive the longer it goes on. Richards will be going back to back with American house funnyman Seth Troxler, who comes a decade later, but is currently king of party thirsty tech-funk. (Check out: a Seth Troxler b2b Craig Richards at fabric set)
Friday, September 5: RDMWERK with Traxman & RP Boo at 1192 Folsom
What’s in Da Mind of Traxman? That’s the title of Cornelius Ferguson’s two distinctive LPs—the first in 2012 and Vol. 2, this year—both via Planet Mu. The Chicago footwork producer, who holds ties to the late DJ Rashad’s Teklife collective, has been around since the beginning, though his song structure and concepts still speak for the future. In the end, each track feels boldly characteristic, as Ferguson hacks and hammers together heavy sampling, stony jazz, spoken word as raw rhythm, sticky cyber bleeps, and even a guttural grindcore ramp-up on “The Edge of Panic.” United by footwork’s hi-hat whips and bass percussions, it’s a brassy and ballsy move. (Check out: “It’z Crack“)
Saturday, September 6: Honey Soundsystem with Mike Servito at TBA Location
He’s been compared to a bitch slap. Mike Servito, a New Yorker by way of Detroit, a Bunker NYC resident, a talent on the Ghostly roster, and a deft vinyl mixer of the dirty deep, is increasingly on the tip of many tongues after on and off, though esteemed, DJing for twenty-odd years. Recently, these gigs began to include international parties, such as Berlin’s infamous house club, Panorama Bar. Servito’s trademark? A seamless flip-flop from slamming, jacking house to acid techno’s sticky underbelly with unrivaled mixing skill and party throbbing sass. You’ll have a smile all throughout this one. (Check out: Servito’s set from Spotlight LA)
Saturday, September 6: Sunset Crush with LTJ Bukem & Bachelors of Science at Public Works
London drum ‘n’ bass pioneer Daniel Williamson, a.k.a. LTJ Bukem, is a mixture of serene and breakneck. He’s credited with softening the hardcore and jungle sounds of the early ‘90s into “intelligent” drum ‘n’ bass, likely due to a background as a pianist, and an early lover of jazz and soul. Bukem submerges dense and darting breakbeats into a dreamscape. Releasing mostly on own imprint, Good Looking, for the past two decades, his sound feels atmospheric and cool to the touch; on tracks like “Atlantis,” imbued with stirring vocal hums and a chiming lushness from some peripheral state of mind. (Check out: “Atlantis“)
Sunday, September 7: Outpost with Cherushii (Live PA) & Just Black at Underground SF
Second to San Francisco, Chelsea Faith (a.k.a. Cherushii) finds home on 100% Silk. The leftfield house label released her solid Queen of Cups debut last year, which showcases the producer’s sweeping rush of energy, as she entwines acid lines, lush washes, and an undeniable four-on-the-floor groove. Additionally, as a known tinkerer of hardware, this live PA set in Underground SF’s back bar cocoon will unroll the best of Cherushii’s satiny swells into a pulsing, spaced out jam session. (Check out: “Save the Day [Cherushii Remix]”)