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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Weekend Party Preview: Prince Language at Som, Marques Wyatt's Deep Party at Mighty, Icee Hot, and More

Posted By on Wed, Aug 24, 2011 at 8:39 AM

Marques Wyatt is at Mighty this Friday.
  • Marques Wyatt is at Mighty this Friday.

Better get your dancing shoes ready, because this weekend's got more things poppin' than a Ron Browz song. Cheesy metaphors aside, this weekend has a lot to offer the discerning dancer, with enough variation to satisfy even the most obscure tastes. Here are a few picks that won't steer you wrong:

Friday, August 26

What:  Face presents Prince Language

Where: Som Bar

When: 9 p.m. - 3 a.m.

Why: Simply put, the Face crew knows how to throw a party. I Can't Feel My Face (as it was originally known) has one of the most tasteful curated booking policies in the city, with previous sets by the likes of: Diplo, Juan Maclean, DJ Harvey, and Rub N' Tug. This month's booking features Face alumnus Prince Language, an in-demand New York DJ with remixes on DFA and Throne of Blood. Expect a smart, technically-precise mixture of acid, deep house, some new cuts, and a scattering of old favorites. For a taste, check out this fantastic mix he did for Fabric last summer. Arrive at Som before 11 p.m. and you'll only have to pay five dollars for this no-brainer of a good time.

Friday, August 26

What: Yoruba Gets Deep with Osunlade and Marques Wyatt

Where: Mighty

When: 7:30 p.m. - 4 a.m.

Why: There are few things that go together better than house music and Mighty. The iconic club located at 119 Utah is the only venue in the city to feature a sound system designed by New York club installation guru Richard Long (the man responsible for the sound at Studio 54 and Paradise Garage). To say that the system is tuned for house music is an understatement -- in the hands of a capable DJ the room comes alive with a feeling that can only be described as religious. Lucky for you, this Friday the club is hosting Marques Wyatt's multi-city "Deep" party, with a whole gang of capable DJs. Headlining the party as special guest of honor is Yoruba records label-head (and Ifá priest) Osunlade. Expect to hear deep, Afro-centric spiritual house mixed the right way: with long blends,  dramatic EQing, and a sound that hits you square in the gut. To preview the vibe, check out this recent collaboration Osunlade did with Soul Clap and Art Department.

Saturday, August 27

What: Icee Hot Presents Addison Groove and Cedaa

Where: Public Works Oddjob Loft

When: 10 p.m. - 3 a.m.

Why: The Icee Hot party unarguably features one of the city's most progressive booking policies. True to form, this month's edition features another new one for San Francisco: the first live set by UK-based producer Tony Williams (a.k.a. dubstep artist Headhunter) as his juke alias Addison Groove. Williams has built a solid reputation for his performances, which feature the manic energy of juke evoked by an impressive array of hardware (apparently he's bringing an 808 for Saturday). To get a feel for Addison Groove's music, check out this mix he did back in February and "Footcrab" his biggest track to date. Good vibrations will abound, madness will ensue, and with a little luck, someone might even bust some real footwork. You wouldn't want to miss that, would you?

Saturday, August 27

What: Blow Up Forever featuring Glass Candy, Drop the Lime, Cosmic Kids, Poolside, Amen Brother, LOL Boys, Bang Gang DJs, and many others

Where: The Factory

Why: If you are over 18 but under 21. This party features one of the best 18+ bookings the city has seen in years, with an artist roster that includes the laidback-disco of Poolside and the big-room sound of Drop the Lime. In a city whose 18+ nightlife is still entirely dominated by the death throes of electro, Blow Up Forever is finally adding some alternatives and updating the sounds that the next generation of clubbers will grow up on.

Thursday, August 25

What: Relax Relate Release featuring Derrick Love

Where: 222 Hyde

When: 10 p.m. - 2 a.m.

Why: Full disclosure: I'm guest DJing this party and the promoters are all friends of mine. However, with that out of the way, 222 Hyde is a great venue with one of the best sound systems in the city. Relax Relate Release is a monthly party, every fourth Thursday, featuring resident local producer/DJs Vin Sol, Richie Panic, and Charles McCloud. Musically speaking, RRR focuses on classic dance music: Chicago house, NYC garage, techno, Italo, and straight-forward disco. In their own words, "The sound system is sick, the people are fascinating, the dancing non-stop. Come and find out what the fuck is going on." Indeed. Check out Vin Sol's Leaving this Planet mix for a better sonic picture of the proceedings.


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