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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Weekend Party Preview: Pépé Bradock, Spilt Milk, Body//Current, and DeepBlak

Posted By on Thu, Jun 14, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Aybee performs together with Afrikan Sciences at Som on Saturday.
  • Aybee performs together with Afrikan Sciences at Som on Saturday.

We were going to try and be witty and start this off with some famous party quote. Unfortunately (or fortunately; perspective is key), Google only turned up this nugget of a Tripod page. So, in absence of the literary equivalent to clip art, we'll just slide this list of upcoming parties in your general direction. Read on -- your weekend awaits.

Friday, June 15

What: Bang The Box w/ Pepe Bradock

Where: Monarch

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

Why: For those of you who had a chance to read yesterday's Signal to Noise, the name Pépé Bradock should already be familiar. Going back to the late '90s, the French producer always seemed to have a knack for crafting experimental deep house anthems. To get an idea of his breadth, listen to the jazzy "18 Carats," the symphonic "Life," and the absolutely bizarre "Rhapsody in Pain (Live)." It's not everyday that he makes his way to our corner of the globe, so be sure to check him out while you've got the opportunity. Support comes by way of Lance DeSardi, Solar, and Christian Mora.

What: Spilt Milk presents Urulu and King's Ransom

Where: Milk Bar

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

Why: One of the best trends to arrive in recent months has been the gradual trickle of quality free weekend parties. Spilt Milk is a forward-thinking party crew based at Milk Bar that cut its teeth with a run of smartly curated, guest-centric Wednesday night affairs. Now, it's taking a crack at the weekend with a free party featuring two up-and-coming producers that are certainly worth your attention. First up is L.A.'s Urulu, a house producer who specializes in retooling classic US garage sounds for the contemporary dancefloor. Check out moody burners like "These Days" and "The Deep End." Joining him for the evening is Berkeley-based booty house producer King's Ransom, whose sound can best be understood by listening to the sparsely funky "Caught Your Fever." Get a feel for the overall arc of the night by listening to this eclectic podcast put together by Taylor Fife, one of the party's resident DJs.

Saturday, June 16

What: Body//Current with Ghosts on Tape, Lwshd

Where: Club 6

When: 10 p.m. - 4 a.m.

Why: "The basement is DARK, the sounds are HUGE, the drinks are BIG," says the Facebook page for Body//Current's latest event. The DJ collective/promotions entity has done a lot to inject a sense of freshness in San Francisco nightlife, with an overall aesthetic that explores the darker side of house and techno. This time around it's happening in the basement of Club 6, a fitting venue given the party's gritty undertones. If you haven't had a chance to make it out, check out resident DJ Nonamoan's Strictly4TheeDancers5ammixxx, and this promotional video to see how the group mixes an artistically minded approach with punishing dance music. On deck as guests are Icee Hot's Ghosts on Tape (check out his recent cuts "Trapezoid Dance" and "No Go") and local producer LWSHD (check out "Deepside" and "Harrison Street Groove").

What: Deepblak presents: SoN'y Rays

Where: Som-Bar

When: 10 p.m. - 4 a.m.

Why: Some of the best experimental house music is being put out just across the Bay in Oakland. Aybee's Deepblak imprint is a leading light in dance music with a focus on soulfully avant-garde productions that push boundaries while also still retaining a dancefloor sensibility. Listen to the oddly timed percussion on Afrikan Science's "Ejercicios" and the hypnotic churn of Aybee's "You In Love." This Saturday, Som will play host to "SoN'y Rays," a party put on by the label that's intended to be "A foray into cosmic rhythms, beats, and time travel. Showcasing live sets along with DJ transmissions." The inaugural edition is looking to be quite the adventure with joint performances by Dibia$e & Nasockswell and Aybee & Afrikan Sciences. Damon Bell will be on hand to close things off with an appropriately deep DJ set.

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