In this column, WW music calendar and contributing writer Mitch Lillie helps the discerning club-goer put together their weekly calendar by compiling Portland's best dance-music options for the next seven days. Turn up, tune in, drop the bass.
(9 pm, $12, 21+)
Sometimes you find techno in the strangest of places, but given St. Johnsâ history of influence on the Portland music scene, Iâm not surprised. Local techno producer Phidelity hasnât been very active in releasing tracks these last three years, but heâs been gaining a solid following at festivals across the northwest. His tracks range from classic dub techno (his remix of âKwitterâ) to zoned-in downtempo (âCloud Architectureâ). Catch him Friday at the Central Hotel. (9:30 pm, $5, 21+)
If bandwidth was determined by embeddedness in the web, Magic Fades and Soul Ipsum would have terabyte connections. The three producers sipped La Croix pamplemousse soda, sparked nugs and played SimDJ until an album, Zirconia Reign, was born, spanning the void between club and day spa. Their album release party is Saturday at Recess. (8 pm, $7, all ages)
I donât really care what the haters say: I love both trap and club. NYCâs Brenmar fits them both into his sets, channeling his Chicago upbringing through a Jersey-jaded lens. Sometimes his mashups are a little too cleverââDrunk in Loveâ crossed with âSwimming Pools (Drank)â for exampleâbut Brenmar brings all the parties to the party on Saturday at Holocene. (9 pm, $5 before 11 pm, $7 after, 21+)
You probably couldnât point Bristol out on a map of England, but itâs a major epicenter of bass music across the pond. Kahn, Bristolâs hometown boy, is the king of a new wave of dubstep revivalists. They often release tracks on many of the same labels that saw dubstepâs international rise in the 2000âsâin Kahnâs case, thatâs Punch Drunk and Mala and Cokiâs Deep Medi Musik. Heâs bringing deep shades of gray sound system back to the neon purple dubstep world on Saturday at Tonic Lounge. (9 pm, $10, 21+)