June 19th, 2014 3:36 pm | by MITCH LILLIE Music | Posted In: Beats Per Week

Beats Per Week

Portland's Best Dance Music Options, June 19-25

zoomlensZoom Lens Showcase is Tuesday at Holocene.
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.

Personally, I’ll be at What the Festival all weekend, which starts on Thursday and features RL Grime, Cashmere Cat, local favorites Natasha Kmeto and Ben Tactic… and those Glitch Mob guys. ($200+, 18+)     

Beau Thigpen is based in Atlanta, the home of trap music, but he’s been getting a lot of traction in the UK’s heady late-night scene, mostly thanks to grime and techno releases on Night Slugs as Helix. For his debt of stumbling upon grime on YouTube, he’s repaid the internet with a slew of remixes, production on a Le1f track and two Night Slugs releases. Catch him Thursday at Holocene. (9 pm, $6, 21+) 

All-vinyl funky party Let It Whip returns to Dots Cafe on Thursday. Brooklyn crate digger and hip hop producer Ohmega Watts headlines, with Rev Shines, Maxx Bass, Gwizski and Mikie Lixx rounding out the night. (9 pm, free, 21+)  

If the name hasn’t scared off your parents or straight-edge friends, Designer Drugs’ banging electro most certainly will on Friday at Fez. The duo dropped The Drugs Are in Control in January. It sounds pretty much the same as their previous Ultra releases, but hey, they’re in control now I guess. (10 pm, $5-10, 21+)  

The objective of Pulla Muscle, the recurring party rap monthly at Tonic Lounge on Saturday, should be pretty obvious. A wide range of local DJs will go all Jozy Altidore on those hammies, including Booty Bassment’s Nathan Detroit, Snap’s Freaky Outty, Cooky Parker, Bubblin’s Lincolnup, Roane Namuh and Rap Class. (9 pm, $5, 21+)       

To describe ‘net label Zoom Lens as pop is to describe Brian Williams as pop: Both make catchy, layered Baroque jams. Though based in Orange County, Zoom Lens releases artists from across the US and across the Pacific. Labelmates Meishi Smile, Uio Loi, Thought Tempo and Malta will all perform on Tuesday at Holocene. Full disclosure: The author of this blog will also be DJing. (8:30 pm, $5, 21+) 
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