THERMOCLINE Soulection Takeover: Lakim, Andre Power, Whiskers Po, Cabo Blanco, Ghost Hunna at Breadbox 291 Kent [10PM/$5-10]
Soulection is an LA-based, worldwide music collective slinging soulful beats with fuzzy genre boundaries. Hip-hop, soul and house all figure prominently. You can hear all that and more on their weekly radio show. Founder Andre Power and rising star Lakim (whose remixes are totally addictive) will be representing. Local support from Whiskers Po (love his Decempurr 2013 mix, full of funky house, jersey-ish club and future rnb shit), beats from Cabo Blanco and Ghost Hunna opening the night. Rum & redbull open bar from 10-11. Free-to-$5 with RSVP, $10 without.
Vitamin B Dirty Christmas: DJ Icon (SF), Yental Beats, Orion Keyser, Barney Iller, Tektite, Tim the Enchanter at SRB Brooklyn [10PM-5AM/$10-20]
The last Vitamin B of the year goes balls out. DJ Icon from SF headlines, and while her sound goes full-on EDM at points, she’s also got a deep commitment to breaks (in the grand tradition of Stanton Warriors) and will hopefully lean in that direction. NYC native Yental Beats balances that with a masterful take on tech house that weaves in 15 years of NYC dancefloor knowledge. Disorients’ Orion Keyser also guests.
BASSMENT Saturdays: Astronomar, Tony Quattro, Chris Bullen, Subset at Webster Hall Studio [11PM-4:30AM/$10]
The most booty-tastic Bassment Saturday lineup maybe ever. Astronomar’s cheeky untrapped edits are one of the best things to ever come form the Mad Decent camp, and his remixes are a testament to how creative you can still be with club music. Tunes like this Branchez remix are why Tony Quattro gets endless love from us, and if you’ve ever seen him perform live you know that nobody brings more enthusiasm to the decks. Check out this recent rinse.fm guestmix; he just GETS IT.
BAD Blood Records Xmas: Spank Rock (DJ Set), Pictureplane (DJ Set), Jubilee, Cunt Mafia at Glasslands [11:30PM/$12]
TBH I have no idea what Spank Rock spins, but his production has always been tight so I’m guessing it’s worthwhile. Pictureplane and Jubilee, however, are two absolute jewels of the NYC bass music scene. Jubilee always gets asses shaking, whether it’s via Miami bass, grime, tropical sounds or just an expertly-deployed Ciara track. And Pictureplane’s occult, often-dissonant, psychedelic club aesthetic probably sounds like it could induce demon migraines on your laptop speakers, but at 3am in a DIY venue it can be absolutely brilliant.
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