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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Seth Troxler's Five Favorite Tracks For Energizing a Dancefloor

Posted By on Wed, Nov 7, 2012 at 8:26 AM

Seth Troxler plays at the Fox Theater this Saturday.
  • Seth Troxler plays at the Fox Theater this Saturday.

From Detroit to Ibiza, Seth Troxler is one of the most in-demand DJs in the world. It's not too hard to understand why, given that his style is a party-friendly blend that leans heavily on the new school of tech-house, with crowd-pleasing rubbery basslines and '80s production techniques. He's headed to the Fox Theater this Saturday as a part of Sonár on Tour alongside Die Antwoord and Azari & III. We recently caught up and asked him to show off five of his favorite tracks for a packed dancefloor.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Signal to Noise: Benoit & Sergio Pick Five Influential Songs

Posted By on Wed, Oct 24, 2012 at 8:50 AM

  • Kieran Behan

There really isn't anybody else like Benoit & Sergio. Based out of Washington D.C. and Berlin, the duo has spent the past couple years supplying dancefloors with strange athems that combine '80s pop appeal with slick tech-house aesthetics, leading some publications to describe them as Ricardo Villalobos meets Paul Simon. However you want to think about their music, there's no denying their presence in today's club culture. And now, they're back with "New Ships," their latest single, and on their way to Public Works to headline the 18th Annual Halloween Freaker's Ball this Friday. We caught up with them and asked if they'd point us to five records that helped to inspire their unique sound.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

S.F DJ Bus Station John Lists His Top Five Favorite Divas

Posted By on Wed, Oct 10, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Bus Station John Celebrates One Year of Love Will Fix It this Saturday at Hot Spot.
  • Bus Station John Celebrates One Year of Love Will Fix It this Saturday at Hot Spot.

Get ready, this week's edition of Signal to Noise packs a bit of a punch. Not content with our usual format, Bus Station John decided to send over a list of his five favorite female divas (plus a little bonus pick you'll need to scroll through to the end to see). Why all the extras? Well, it boils down to the fact that this Saturday marks the first anniversary of Love Will Fix It, his monthly exploration of late-'70s and early-'80s R&B. And while he might be better known for the retro bathhouse disco of Tubesteak Connection, the following list ought to provide an idea of the breadth of his collection. Read what the man has to say, listen to these tracks, and head over to The Hot Spot this Saturday for a dose of the real thing.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Mega_Lo Selects Five of His Favorite Bay Area Electro Records

Posted By on Wed, Sep 26, 2012 at 6:51 AM

MegaLo brings the bass to 222 Hyde this Saturday.
  • MegaLo brings the bass to 222 Hyde this Saturday.

It might not be such a dirty word these days, but electro sure had its problems in the late-'00s. Back then it was somehow appropriated to describe any MP3 below 120 BPM that stunk of Ed Banger. Yet, while some may have gotten confused, DJ Mega_Lo has always known the true meaning of the word electro: speaker shredding electronic funk with roots in Detroit and Miami. As a part of the Party Effects collective, he worked to ensure that there was a constant stream of electro music in the Bay Area, albeit with an odd performance-art twist.

Nowadays he's still at it with with Mega_Lo Mobile, a project dedicated to tracks created entirely on smartphone. You can catch him live this Saturday, at 222 Hyde, for Electro Basement Series #1, Haçeteria and OK Hole's new electro-oriented party. To get ready for the party, we asked Mega_Lo to send over five of his favorite Bay Area electro records.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Beats in Space DJ Tim Sweeney Picks Five Favorite New Tracks

Posted By on Wed, Sep 12, 2012 at 8:56 AM

  • Will Calcutt
Don't discount the power of radio, or at least, don't in Tim Sweeney's case. The New Yorker started Beats in Space, his now famous WNYU radio show, in the late '90s, and has since developed a fanatical global following of dance music aficionados. His weekly broadcasts offer concise snapshots of different artists' styles, with regular guest mixes and appearances that stray towards the left-field side of disco and house. He plays Public Works this Friday with prolific disco re-editor Eric Duncan (of Rub 'N Tug and Dr. Dunks fame) for Face party. Usually the one asking the questions, we asked him to provide us with five of his favorite tunes.

"Good Times," by Michael Mayer

"[This is] the first single off Mayer's new album, Mantasy, coming out October 22 on Kompakt records. Mayer's all about the good times, and so am I! Last time I saw Mayer DJ, I drank all his champagne and did a stage dive before someone (not me) set off a fire extinguisher on the dancefloor that closed the whole party down. What a bummer."

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Chicago Skyway Selects Five Favorite Recent Dance Records

Posted By on Wed, Aug 29, 2012 at 8:25 AM


Hopefully you were lucky enough to catch Chicago Skyway's set last Saturday at upstart 222 Hyde-based party Acid Test. But if you weren't -- or if your ears are still buzzing -- then you're in luck, because we've managed to get the man to send over five of his favorite recent tracks. As you might expect from a DJ who's been active since the late '80s, his selections are deep and varied, with the kind of forward-thinking-yet-old-school Chicago-vibe he works with on his own productions. Give these a spin, and, if they're your thing, then be sure to check out Acid Test's events in the near future for further explorations of "the art and artistry of vinyl DJing."

"Beat Traxx," by Ricardo Miranda

"A lot of people underestimate the beat track. These are perfect to get the crowd hyped, to play an accapella over, or to just transition from one mood to another. I've been listening to these beats nonstop for the past couple of days."

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Mossmoss Picks Five New Tracks to Celebrate As You Like It's Second Anniversary

Posted By on Wed, Aug 15, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Mossmoss plays on Saturday at the W Hotel for As You Like It's Two Year Anniversary.
  • Mossmoss plays on Saturday at the W Hotel for As You Like It's Two Year Anniversary.

It's hard to believe it's only been two years since As You Like It first appeared in San Francisco. Today, it seems as though the family-like crew has a near-monopoly on underground techno in the city, with packed events almost every other weekend. A large part of this is due to the party's on-point roster of resident DJs -- a roster that begins with Scottish transplant Mossmoss (aka Mattie Bowen). As it says in his bio, "You can catch him opening the night, closing the night, peak-hour, and off-peak. Basically, Mossmoss makes it happen." Now celebrating two years of "quality," he sent over five representative tracks as a teaser for the main event. Give 'em a spin and catch him live this Saturday, on top of The W, for the As You Like It Two-Year Anniversary with Mark "MK" Kinchen and The Revenge.

"My Love," by Safeword

"These guys have just been killing it recently. Local heroes and all around great guys; Safeword have really started to hit a bit of a stride. I'm stoked to call them my buddies, and even more excited that they're making fantastic music."

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

L.A. DJ Trio Droog Selects Five Favorite Summertime Jams Ahead of Its S.F. Show

Posted By on Wed, Aug 1, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Droog is Brett Griffin, Andrei Osyka, and Justin Sloe.
  • Droog is Brett Griffin, Andrei Osyka, and Justin Sloe.

For this week's Signal to Noise, our focus turns southward toward Los Angeles. From that city's thriving dance community comes the accomplished DJ trio known as Droog. In its native scene, the group has built a reputation as a streamlined unit, throwing raves at the high capacity Avalon Hollywood and poolside affairs at The Rooftop at The Standard, Downtown LA. Worldwide, the group has drawn acclaim off its associated label Culprit, a tastemaker entity that's curated works by artists like Lee Curtiss, Shonky, and Hot Natured. This Saturday, the boys are taking over The EndUp (check out our recent review of the club) for an all-night Culprit showcase. We caught up with Droog member Justin Sloe and asked him to send over a list of five favorite tracks to prepare you for the night.

"Rough Patch," by Slow Hands

"Made for last summer's DJ Kicks for Soul Clap, I was hooked on this from the very first listen. When the first guitar strums in, no matter where you are or what you are doing you can smell the ocean air and feel the sun shining."

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Production Duo 5kinAndBone5 Selects Its Five Favorite Tracks of 2012

Posted By on Wed, Jul 11, 2012 at 8:29 AM


Though a long-time member of the local scene, it's taken something of a stylistic update for 5kinAndBone5 to finally break out. That update must have involved some manner of trippy cybernetic augmentation, as the duo's found itself dissolved and dispersed in a matrix of '90s cyberculture Tumblrs, occult technology, and raw-as-fuck rhythm programming. The last two years have been big for the duo, with tracks out now on fresh imprints Grizzly, Uknown to the Unknown, and Soo Wavey. Earlier this week we caught up with a brain in a vat claiming to be 5kinAndBone5, which said these are its five favorite's from the past year or so. Give them a spin, and check out 5kinAndBone5, co-headlining with Brenmar, this Saturday for Lights Down Low's latest party at 222 Hyde.

"Meter," by Adriana Lopez

"Hailing from Barcelona, homegirl Adriana just dropped an exquisite gem via Newrhythmic Digital. Heavy and deep with computer glitches in the matrix pulsating steadily, yet it somehow eschews the overtly sinister pitfall many a techno tune inherently falls into. This genre is such an easy thing to butcher, so needless to say I am always stoked when I encounter individuals who can dish it out with subtlety in a way that is not overpowering. She gets it. This reflects my ideal take on modern day techno."

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

SF DJ/Producer Ghosts on Tape Selects Five Favorite Tracks of 2012

Posted By on Wed, Jun 27, 2012 at 8:56 AM

  • Kahley Avalon Emerson

Some know him as a producer, others as a killer DJ. Either way there's no denying that Ghosts on Tape has long been a rising figure in the world of dance music. Outside of San Francisco he's built a reputation off the strength of his innovative releases and remixes on labels like Wireblock (the A-side of which, "Predator Mode," made it to a Soul Jazz compilation), Tigerbeat6, and Planet Mu. Locally, he's mostly known as one of the resident DJs at Icee Hot, a party that lends itself well to his particular blend of futurist bass and classic techno. Always a step ahead, we caught up with the man and asked him what tracks have caught his ear lately. Check out his response below, and be sure to head to Public Works' OddJob Loft, this Saturday, to catch him as he sets the stage for legendary Detroit techno DJ Robert Hood at Icee Hot.

1. "Nuclear Funk (A Made Up Sound Remix)," by Arttu ft. Jerry the Cat

"I love the original of this track (as well as every other Arttu production I've heard). A thick slab of dark basement house that is the perfect mix of classic and modern, it's one that has been a presence in my Serato crate since I found it. Then this A Made Up Sound remix comes along and keeps all the best elements of the original, shuffles up the drums and makes the track darker and weirder than it was before. Brilliant."

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