Top 5 Parties in SF This Weekend: Das Racist, Shit Robot, SBTRKT, and More
A couple weeks ago, Decibal's arrival in Seattle made me question why the Bay Area doesn't have some big electronic dance music festival of its own. I'm still wondering as we ease our way out of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass and towards the Treasure Island Music Festival. And while last week's festivities didn't mean much for fans of dance music, this weekend's affair brings quite a bit of talent to town. What's that mean? I'll leave that for you to figure out. Read on -- your weekend awaits.
SBTRKT plays Mezzanine on Saturday
5. Love Will Fix It @ Hot Spot
Saturday, Oct. 13 10 p.m. - 2 a.m.
While he might be better known for his disco and vintage homo porno collections, Bus Station John is celebrating something different this Saturday. The party is called Love Will Fix It, and it's a monthly departure from his usual bath house disco toward the feel-good soulfulness of late-'70s and early-'80s R&B. Now celebrating one year in the business, this weekend's party looks like it'll take the usual formula and magnify it exponentially. That means lots of vinyl and the sort of old-school atmosphere that's truly unique to Bus Station John's parties (read: no cell phones allowed). Unfortunately he doesn't have any mixes online (a tragedy considering how good of a DJ he is), but you can get an idea of what he's all about by reading our glowing review of Tubesteak Connection (his other, more established party) and this week's edition of Signal to Noise (in which he selects his five favorite female divas). Take it from the man's promotional emails and, "loosen yer caboose, shake yer rump to the funk, and let love fix it!"
If you're under 21 and you live in San Francisco, you're pretty much screwed for parties. As many of the old 18+ gatherings switch formats to accommodate an older crowd, there really haven't been too many new promoters stepping up to the plate. Enter Y3K, the retro-cyberculture/Internet 1.0 party at DNA Lounge, possibly the most interesting thing to happen to 18+ nightlife in a long time. This month sees the second iteration of the party, and while last time had a focus on techno-y four-to-the-floor sounds, this one's all about hip-hop. Headlining it is Das Racist, the New York-based rap group who rose to infamy off the strength of the bizarre "Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell," and have since managed to go from being a Dr. Demento-worthy novelty act to the kind of group that uses humor to introduce people to the comparatively heavy discipline of post-colonial studies. Joining them for the evening is a laundry list of out-of-towners and locals that includes names like LE1F (check out the 5kinAndBone5 produced track "Wut"), Trill Team 6 (check out our review of Sick Sad World their party in Oakland), and TeamBackPack, among a whole lot of others. There really hasn't been anything like this for a while now.
It seems to have been a relatively wild three years for South London-based producer SBTRKT. In that time, he's managed to go from being lost in the shuffle of UK bass to being one of the movement's mastheads. He's done it by incorporating the genre's experimental side with an aspect of pop accessibility previously lacking. His debut LP from last year was a strange trip through the periphery of UK garage, dubstep and house that featured a cast of excellent guest collaborators. It was that album that resulted in "Wildlife," a track that would later go on to be "remixed" (a.k.a. rapped over) by Drake. Alternatively, listen to other cuts like "Pharoahs" and "Hold On", and you'll get a pretty full picture of the breadth of his forward-leaning sound. Also worth mentioning is his live show, which features a full assortment of the kind of fantastic masks displayed at the top of this article.