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Blue Sky Black Death, Sister Crayon, The Range at Cameo Gallery [12AM/$12-15]
The Range is a phenomenally talented bass music producer from Rhode Island. His Nonfiction LP (jointly released this week by Donkey Pitch & Project Mooncircle) is one of the most rewarding, compelling listens of 2013 – stream it here. His vivid, introspective broken beats and organic sound palette recall the more optimistic moments of early DJ Shadow (who, incidentally, was dropping tracks by The Range during his infamous “too future” DJ Set at Mansion Miami). He’s also resident at Astronautico, one of our favorite parties for their consistently great taste in underground beats and fearless embrace of the experimental.
The headliner, Blue Sky Black Death, has a cinematic approach to hip hop beatmaking that long since left genre boundaries in the rearview. While they are more than capable of making everything from drone to apocalyptic trap to synth pop, their music is most ambitious when they head off into their own inner worlds – sounding more like Godspeed than anyone still making “instrumental” hip hop.
MTHR INC: L-Vis 1990, Haleek Maul, Ital (DJ Set), Color Plus, Prism House at Steel Drums [11PM/$12-15]
Warehouse party with king slug L-vis 1990, avant rap from Haleek Maul and experimental bass music from Ital, Color Plus and Prism House. Those first two get plenty of press but the rest of the lineup deserves some elucidation too. Ital’s live set is hard techno but his DJ sets skews a little bit more towards house. I’m a big fan of Color Plus’s lush, technicolor beat productions, and while I’ve never seen him spin but a recent mix shows a great selection of bass music from hyperdub, night slugs and clek clek boom – all faves around here. And the duo Prism House just can’t be chained down to a tempo – they are the essence of experimental. But their vibe tends towards moody, noisey and cathartic. If Dj sets are just getting a little too predictable for you, this is the place to be.
GHOSTLY Unofficial CMJ: Com Truise, Joel Ford, Lord Raja, Heathered Pearls, Patrick Russell, Nitemoves, Contakt at Output [10PM/$10]
Synthy delights and atmospheric vibes abound in this lineup from one of the most tasteful labels in bass music. Comtruise analogue night driving music will sound like sex on that system, and the rest of the Ghostly lineup will no doubt keep things classy. Special shoutout to our homie and Turrbotax founder Contakt for his 3rd appearance behind the decks at Output.
Vibe is Right: Fatik, Hirshi, Stephen Silvestri, C-Sick, Mambisa at Over the Eight [10PM/FREE]
House music all night long from some ace DJs. Curated by Turrbotax resident C-Sick, and featuring Hirshi of Archie Pelago, along with some other under-hyped selectors with deep crates. If you haven’t checked it out yet, Over the Eight has a great backroom with a big wooden dancefloor and nice sound. Plus no cover and a great beer selection makes this a great stop at any point in your night.
Broke City: Blacky II, Stryker, Sleepyhead, Dunes, Poolboy92, D. Gookin at Bizarre Bushwick [10PM/FREE]
Rinsed founder Blacky II and Good Kids resident Stryker guest at Broke City. Sexy house music, jersey club, futuristic bass and frenetic beats in Bushwick. No cover and rad people.
VARIANCE: Silkie (Deep Medi ✈ UK), Mike Q, True Nature, Max Mischief b2b I.N.I., Q-Mastah, Durban, Tripletrain, TCJ Teklife at TBA [10PM/$15-20]
The second party in the Variance series, this time featuring Silkie of Deep Medi fame. If you don’t know, Silkie Rose is kind of a god of soulful dubstep. If you like old school Joker, Swindle or Mala, well, those are mainstays of his sets. Every time I’ve seen/heard him spin it’s a revelation in what can be done at 140bpm. Check out this brand new live mix from him to get a sense of his style. Supporting is an allstar team of NYC bass music residents; Q-Mastah of Dub-stuy will bring us roots vibrations, Teklife’s TCJ, Durban and Tripletrain will up the 160 game, Max Mischief and INI from Subverse will slay some dubstep and/or DnB, and reconstrvct’s True Nature is deadly with any kind of dub. Ballroom King Mike Q headlines downstairs, making this 2 parties for the price of one.
Pitchfork CMJ: Ryan Hemsworth, KELELA, Traxman, The Range, Jahiliyya Fields, Huerco S., Mas Ysa, J-Cush at 285 Kent [8PM/$10]
Hemsworth is cool, but the real stars here are the ones from the Lit City camp. Kelela headlined Lit City this past weekend, entrancing all present with her magical RnB-meets-future club sounds. Her CUT4ME mixtape, out last week on Night Slugs, is well worth your time. Footwork pioneer Traxman will school the kids on real Chicago ghetto house and footwork. Plus Lit City resident J-Cush always has a bag full of grime dubs and unfuckwithable mixing skills. Plus this is also another opportunity to see The Range (see above).
LAZERPOP CMJ: The Hood Internet, Chrissy Murderbot, E-603 at Glasslands [11:30PM/$15]
Dance music historian and juke/ghettotech enthusiast Chrissy Murderbot always throws down some serious future music, rooted in an encyclopedic understanding of the past. Honestly tho, we have no fucks to give for mashup artists the Hood Internet and E-603.
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