April 24th, 2014 | by MITCH LILLIE Music | Posted In: Beats Per Week

Beats Per Week

Portland's Best Dance Music Options, April 24-30

paradiseParadise, with Nathaniel Young, Lord Baby and DVST is Wednesday art Black Book.
In this column, WW music calendar editor 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. 

Sublimate is a monthly bass night featuring local artists who usually requisite a “drum and” prologue. Not so for Obvious, who favors trap music as seen through the Internet’s sprawling and directionless lens. But it’s the jukey explorations—like the SoundCloud-released “!͖̻͔͍̯͔̓͛̿́͑̆!̢̞̟̗̰̗̏̔̀͆͗͒!̢̛̘͎̱̼̤͑̎̓͆̽”—that will really entice on Thursday at the Rose. (9 pm, free, 21+)      
Speaking of trap, which continues its dubstep-esque ascent to the top of Hard As Tower, Loudpvck is coming to the Whiskey Bar on Friday. After landing a minimix on Brillz’s Twonk Team compilations late last year, Loudpvck cemented themselves at the top of that nasty tower, subtlety be damned. I’ll give credit to anyone who can make Nervo even more festival-friendly, though. (9 pm, $10-15, 21+)     

You’ve come back from the club, but the classic baby-making sounds of D’Angelo just aren’t weird enough for you, here, in 2014. L.A.’s Shlohmo makes R&B beats that are fun and sexy but can’t really be located in the club or in the bedroom. That transience is what makes his tracks—like “No More,” a collaboration with Jeremih—so appealing. He’ll be getting hot and odd at Branx on Friday. (9 pm, $15, 21+)     

Exotic Club’s Remi Boille and Simon Lowzy make the kind of punky darkwave that it’s taken this country three decades to fully digest. The duo have recently tried their hand at reworking synth pop into house, most recently turning Trésors’s melancholy “White Beast” into a smooth, melodic house cut. Though they’re performing a live set at East End on Friday, I’ll be hoping to hear some of those remixes as well. (9:30 pm, $5, 21+)     
Another Friday, another night of high-concept electronic music in Recess Gallery’s loft. Dub technician wndfrm and Olympian techno producer Josef Gaard headline this week. (10 pm, $5, 21+)     
Blankstairs founder Nathaniel Young, whose hazy lite-rave beats are released as Floral, guests at this month’s Paradise alongside residents DVST and Lord Baby. Open Spaces, released last year, is a showcase of a wide range of BPMs and Young’s serious ear for samples. Catch Paradise on Wednesday at Black Book. (10 pm, free, 21+)     
 
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