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Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Top Five Parties in San Francisco This Weekend

Posted By on Thu, Jun 12, 2014 at 10:01 AM

Phuture plays this Saturday at Treasure Island.
  • Phuture plays this Saturday at Treasure Island.
Fans of the print edition of Lost in the Night might be in for a bit of a ride this week -- the comics edition didn't post any party recommendations! But don't worry, as we've got a full menu of excellent parties to choose from, with entries ranging from the deepest reaches of techno to the most soulful heights of house. Read on -- your weekend awaits.

Sunset Island with Phuture 303, Kyle Hall, Beautiful Swimmers, and Awesome Tapes From Africa at Treasure Island

12 p.m. Saturday, June 14. $5-$30

In San Francisco, few outfits have been in the party game as long as Sunset/Pacific Sound. But while the crew has deep roots in San Francisco's '90s rave community, it's somehow always managed to stay on the cutting edge of the contemporary. Its parties -- which are often on boats, in parks, and in other summery environs -- are some of the most anticipated events of the year, with an atmosphere that recalls the care-free raver days of the past, but also embodies the spirit of the moment. This Saturday, the crew and its legion of loyal followers convene on Treasure Island, for a bash of such large proportions it almost counts as a festival.

The appeal, as usual for Sunset, is in its expert mingling of old and new sounds. This month the party is all about the full spectrum of house, but with a distinctly midwestern American bent that highlights that region's rough-edged, raw, and rugged undercurrents. That direction is embodied in headliner Phuture, a trio from Chicago who in the mid-'80s, sparked a world-wide cultural revolution with "Acid Tracks," a cut widely considered to be the first "acid house" song of all time. Their use of the mostly forgotten Roland TB-303 bassline synthesizer created a genre that soundtracked the "Second Summer of Love," the British music press' colloquial term for the genesis moment of rave culture in England in the late '80s. Now, after a 20-year break, Phuture is back, and it's headed to Treasure Island for a rare, one-of-a-kind live performance of the trippy Chi-Town sound in its purest form.

In addition to Chicago, Detroit will also be on hand in the form of Kyle Hall. An animated DJ in the booth, Hall's sound drifts easily between disco, house, techno, and the more abstract currents suggested by the music he's produced on Hyperdub and Wild Oats (his own imprint). Like Phuture, all his material is raw as hell. It manages to keep its underground cool while simultaneously provoking a kind of hands-in-the-air, dancefloor-ready euphoria.

It wouldn't be a Sunset party without variety, which this time comes in the form of Beautiful Swimmers and Awesome Tapes From Africa. The former is a duo from D.C. whose laidback, house-tinged output hints at the slow-burn ecstatic rush of late-'80s Ibiza. The latter is a blogger-turned DJ whose sound is comprised of music pulled from awesome tapes from Africa. Put it all together -- plus local support from J-Boogie's Dubtronic Science as well as Sunset residents Galen, Solar, and J-Bird -- and you have one great excuse to make the trek out to Treasure Island.

Base 9 Year Anniversary with Droog at Monarch

10 p.m. Thursday, June 12. $10

When it comes to L.A. tech-house, it's hard to beat Droog. The three-person DJ collective specializes in a sound that's equal parts sexy, sleazy, and glamorous. Its spate of singles on labels like Crosstown Rebels and last Night on Earth touch on an underground vibe, while retaining an accessible, four-to-the-floor, mainstream appeal.

Adult. at Mezzanine

9 p.m. Friday, June 13. $15-$20

Though they were unfortunately lumped in with the whole electroclash movement of the '00s, Detroit duo Adult. always presented something different. Their sound was always more about substance over style, with an aesthetic that mixed the aggressive edge of Detroit punk with the futuristic sci-fi rhythms of Motor City electro. Today that sound is somewhere between, but either way, we suggest you cue up a Youtube rip of "Hand to Phone."

Isis with Jacques Renault at Public Works OddJob Loft

9:30 p.m. Saturday, June 14. $10-$15

Other than pizza, it's hard to think of something more associated with New York City than disco. Carrying that torch is Jacques Renault. He's a DJ, producer, and re-editor whose sound is a particularly intense interpretation of the Big Apple's storied clubland past, with soaring diva vocals, rushing strings, and big, punchy kick drums that evoke the old-school, while simultaneously updating the sound for the present.

Salted 9 Year Anniversary with Danny Krivit at Mighty

10 p.m. Saturday, June 14. $10-$15

Forget Abba and the Bee Gees, the real soundtrack of NYC in the '70s and '80s was comprised of extended-length disco edits spliced together by expert old-school East Coast editors, like Danny Krivit. Still active today (he's one-third of legendary NYC party crew Body & SOUL), his style honors the soulful spirit of the past, with a seamless blend of old classics and newer favorites -- all played with heavy EQing.

-- @derekopperman


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