DJ Deevice gives the summer downlow, Dub Mission turns 16. Plus: Original Plumbing, the Field, more parties.
SUPER EGO So: woozy hip-hop has snuck back onto better dance floors via trap music, neon mutant Goosebumps-Beetlejuice children are ruling the queer clubs, techno keeps getting rave-wiggier, a true house revival is lighting up Oakland — and right now I'm wearing 6-inch shiny black pumps, a canary yellow pencil skirt, and a pair of sexy hornrims, because I am breaking down summer nightlife for you like the busy head of a global conglomerate, power points everywhere. Now where's my soy double mocha latte no foam with a single ice cube?
However, my ear and heart are still captivated by the excellent wave of esoteric bass music rolling out of various world capitals (and our own backyard). Deep, dark, heavy, and moody will always be my type — I'm basically the fruit on the bottom.
Great SF parties like Soundpieces, Footwerks, Icee Hot, Ritual, and Tormenta Tropical and shindigs from DJ Dials and the Low End Theory crew help keep my bass mechanics well-lubricated. And one of my absolute favorite DJs in the city, Nebakaneza, is doing amazingly moody and apocalyptic things with the post-dubstep vibe of the moment.
But my true ears on the street — my secret weapon, really — belong to the one and only DJ Deevice, who is a bass snoop par excellence, at least of the more occult and groovy UK variety. Deevice, a.k.a. Martin Collins was a resident at Glasgow's seminal Sub Club during its wild rave years before heading for our fair-but-still-foggy shores in the '90s. (He threw the storied UK Gold weekly party). There's a whole thesis to be written about how British Isles immigrants warped and woofed the history of Bay Area dance music, and Deevice is one of the big players, although he's never held down a regular residency here.
Instead, Deevice takes to the airwaves, both invisible and virtual, for his weekly Gridlock radio show on Radio Valencia, 87.9FM (Thursdays, noon-2pm, www.radiovalencia.fm) — the play list of which, posted at gridlockfm.blogspot.com, is an ace cheat sheet for us bass- and househeads. He's also an A&R scout for the legendary R&S Records' Apollo imprint. Those two positions put him prime for hearing all the best things first. "For some strange reason a lot of this music isn't finding a home here like it is in Europe," Deevice told me through his clipped Scottish brogue in Lower Haight recently. "And people send me great stuff all the time, so I'm happy to be passing it on."
DJ DEEVICE SUMMER '12 TOP 10
Makoto, "Another Generation" (Apollo)
Om Unit, "Ulysses" (Civil)
Ave Astra, "More L (Original Mix)" (Filigran)
John Tejada, "When All Around Is Madness" (Kompakt)
Sarrass, "A New Day (Original Mix)" (Third Ear)
Steve Huerta, "Take Me Closer" (Amadeus)
Mathew Jonson "Passage to the other side" (Itiswhatitis Recordings)
Ghosts On Tape "Nature's Law" (Icee Hot)