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Tuesday 03rd, July 2012 / 20:03


This month is shaping up to be one of the most eventful yet, with a slew of great hip-hop shows, a techno pioneer, one of the best producer/label heads doing it, and as always, the best locals a guy/gal could ask for. Turn that frown upside down, the sun will come out soon enough. Until then, let’s all get drunk together and dance til the sun comes up…

It’s hard even for the pros to keep track of every new sub-genre to emerge in this electronic world, but the next-level shit is called Trap Music and our girl Sheena assures me it’s awesome. House meets hip-hop and east meets west when NY’s Baauer and SF’s Jim-E Stack play Faded Wednesday’s at Celebrities on the 11th along with Expendable Youth.

Detroit Techno legend Derrick May plays 560 on the 13th of July for what should be a legendary night. May cut his teeth in the early pioneering days of techno along with Kevin Saunderson and Juan Atkins, DJing parties and eventually producing. Dont miss this chance to see a master at work. Local heroes Mike McSuede and Abasi get things rolling.

Parties at the Astoria are always a treat. Cheap drinks, no frills, and Big Buck Hunter make the cipher complete, but it all starts with good music. Vancouver favourites Daega Sound and the Librarian co-headline a show on the 14th along with Kline and Self Evident for a night of deep sounds and all your friends. For the more 4/4 inclined, UK Garage don Todd Edwards is playing down the street at the Waldorf.

Dam-Funk is simply the best and there really are no ifs, ands or buts about it. Every time he has played Vancouver he has brought something different to the table, whether it be amazing dance-floor keytar solos or bringing a band. Besides, any man who credits his hairstylist in his album credits is a boss. Come see the man, the hair, the legend at Fortune on the 20th. He will not disappoint…

The good crew at VISIT bring in an up and coming producer after hosting the legendary Mike Huckaby and Canadian techno diplomat the Mole. This time around sees NYCs Jason Letkiewicz aka Steve Summers do a live set of throwback Chicago house. Vancouver`s Cloudface, a highlight at last years New Forms, also provides a live P.A. set with Cedric and Scott W. filling in the blanks. July 27th at the Waldorf.

SHAH brings in two DnB heavyweights in Seba and Calibre the same night, the 27th, over at W2, with Kir Mokum, Eradik and Willisist warming things up.Rollidge!

Remember Gold Panda? He released one of 2010’s best albums, Lucky Shiner, on Ghostly International, was great at MUTEK and even graced our cover. Well we haven’t heard from him in a while but he’s back in Van on the 28th at the Electric Owl promoting a new 7” with guests TBA.

Paul Rose is a true auteur of electronic music: he runs the near flawless roster of Hotflush, puts on Sub:stance at Berghain/Panorama bar in Berlin, and makes highly lauded music as both Scuba and SCB. At one point, these were two separate entities, one encompassing the dubstep/”future music” end and the other minimal house and techno, but lately the two are kind of interchangeable. What will he bring to 560 on the 1st of August? No doubt something amazing. Max Ulis also performs.

By Jordan Cook


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