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Floor-filler Funktional

If you were in the electronic music tent at the Pitchfork fest this past summer, you might've seen how Matthew Dear got the whole crowd dancing. Dear specializes in pared-down, lightly textured, ever-so-slighty poppish tech-house fare -- the sort that made the Cologne/Kompakt sound so austerely and refreshingly sexy a few years back. When recording under his Audion moniker, Dear keeps things very lean, chilled, and strictly business in the classic Detroit minimal techno style. But with the two LPs and numerous EPs released under his proper name, he offers a lot more by way of counterpoint; favoring a more melodic, soulful, funkier sound that rests comfortably alongside the efforts of fellow traveller Jamie Lidell.

As a DJ, Dear brings a fat satchel to the party. He'll be playing at Sonotheque this Thursday night, mixing up a deep selection of tech-house material. That means lots of skittering hi-hats and four-on-the-floor thump that'll keep dancefloor prerogatives at the top of the agenda, and enough glitchy scribble to make things edgey and interesting. Residents Kate Simko and DJ Sassmouth will also be sharing deck duties. 9pm-2am, 1444 W. Chicago. Admission is ten dollars.

[mp3]: Matthew Dear - "Dog Days"

 
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