Which is more than all right, considering that mutation spawned beloved duo Lazer Sword and led Burner techno giant Bassnectar to change his sonic stripes. Most inspiring to me was the outpouring of global sounds in the Bay, from NonStop Bhangra's whirling saris to Surya Dub's growling dubstep-bhangra hybrid, from Tormenta Tropical's bass-bomping nueva cumbia to Kafana Balkan's breathless, Romani-delirious funk.
So where are we now? If any moment could be called "post-whatever," this is it. Anything goes, excellently, but it's accompanied by a feeling that we've informed ourselves fully of the past, that we've mastered the technology of the present, and that, no matter how intelligent the music, we can still have a damn good time. My only gripe about the past decade in nightlife other than I wished we'd had a more conscious reaction to war is, alas, the same one as last decade. Where are all the women? Big ups to Ana Sia, Sarah Delush, Forest Green, J. Phlip, Felina, Dulcinea, Miz Margo, Nuxx, Black, and the Stay Gold, Redline, and B.A.S.S. sisterhoods. But seriously, I hope the teens see less testosterone-driven talent behind the decks. We've got the style down now let's change the look. OK?