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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Weekend Parties: Relax, Relate, Release at 222 Hyde, Mike Simonetti at Monarch, Nina Kraviz at Public Works, and More

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Nina Kraviz plays Icee Hot on Saturday
  • Nina Kraviz plays Icee Hot on Saturday

Here we are again: Another week is coming to an end and another crop of parties is immanently approaching. In fact, this time around you don't even need to wait for Friday to have a good time. Read on--your weekend awaits.

Thursday, March 22

What: Relax, Relate, Release: One-Year Anniversary

Where: 222 Hyde

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

Why: It's hard to believe it's only been a year since Relax, Relate, Release established itself as one of the city's best Thursday night options. Yet, in that year a lot has happened: 222 closed for renovations and the DJ trio has been coping with 5kinandbone5's newly won status as an Internet celebrity. Now commemorating all that they've been through, the party is back with a bash in honor of its first anniversary. This couldn't have come at a better time, as 222 Hyde's freshly installed lighting system is seriously one of the coolest things we've ever seen. Expect to hear all kinds of deep sounds, but for a loose primer check out 5kinandbone5's "Tachikoma Twerk," Vin Sol's "Psychic Convoy," and Richie Panic's fantastic Future Ass Volume Three mix.

Friday, March 23

What: Revel featuring Mike Simonetti and Soft Metals

Where: Monarch

When: 9 p.m. - 2 a.m.

Why: Though Revel might seem like a new face, the truth is that the people behind it have been throwing parties in the city for a long time. Brought to you by some of the folks who did Gun Club and Beats in Space SF, Revel picks up where those disco-leaning parties left off. Mike Simonetti is the head of Italians Do It Better, the record label that gave the world The Chromatics and Glass Candy. His DJ sets incorporate an eclectic mixture of sounds from the classic to the contemporary. Check out his Beats in Space mix for a better idea of where he's at these days. Joining him for the evening is LA-based Italo disco revival troupe Soft Metals. Watch the video for "Voices," their recent single, to get an idea of the duo's sound.

What: Loose Joints

Where: Make-out Room

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

Why: Going on for nearly four years now, Loose Joints is a staple of the Friday night Mission party scene. Helmed by DJs Tom Thump, Damon Bell, and Centipede, it's a trip through the soulful sounds of yesteryear with a mix of Latin boogaloo, pre-H.W. Bush R&B, Afrobeat, and even a little disco. If that confuses you, then this video ought to do a good job of explaining the details. This time around, the party is hosting a guest set by DJ Guillermo of Sweaterfunk. A founding member of the Sunday night staple, he'll add a large dose of impossibly rare boogie to the already happening equation. Get a jump on the evening by listening to his Sweater Funk NYE 2012 Mix.

Saturday, March 24

What: Icee Hot with Nina Kraviz, Rolando, and MikeQ

Where: Public Works

When: 9:30 p.m. - 3:30 a.m.

Why: Icee Hot has come a long way since its relatively humble beginnings in the basement of 222 Hyde. Now affiliated with Public Works, the XLR8R-sponsored event has since moved on to become one of the city's foremost purveyors of forward-thinking dance music. This month, the party is outdoing even its own high standards by bringing out four of dance music's most in-demand producers. Headlining the event is Nina Kraviz, the Siberian-born phenomenon whose unique pairing of basement house aesthetics and seductress vocals (as heard on "Ghetto Kraviz") has taken the dance music world by storm. Joining her on the main stage is Rolando. Performing in San Francisco for the first time in eight years, he's the Underground Resistance-affiliated producer behind such classics as "Jaguar" and "Aztec Mystic." Meanwhile, the OddJob Loft will balance out the heavy techno vibes with sets by East Coast vogue DJ MikeQ and Nightslugs-signed UK bass producer Helix.

What: Go Bang! presents Shawn Ryan, Tres Johnson, and SMAC

Where: Deco Lounge

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

Why: One of the San Francisco's longest running disco revival parties, Go Bang! has become something of a local institution. Playing a sound that once filled this city's discotheques, the party provides a vital link to a bygone era. For this month's edition, the event is back with an evening that includes no less than three guest DJs. First up is Shawn Ryan, a Philadelphia DJ who rips and writes for the tasteful Dollar Bin Jams blog. Next up is Tres Johnson, a onetime local who now runs lowercasesounds, an Omaha-based net radio station turned deep house label. Rounding out the roster is Haceteria's DJ SMAC, who will be celebrating his birthday the night of the party. Expect to experience disco the way it used to be, albeit with a polysexual crowd, tighter mixing, and records that include not only local favorites but also Chi-town and NYC club classics. Head over to Go Bang!'s Soundcloud page for a partial selection of live mixes recorded at the party.

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