One of techno's most venerable track-makers, BEHROUZ NASARI, dropped a 105-minute set at Bijou on Friday night that was not to be missed by those who appreciate visionary sound-scaping. He has been DJing for more than 20 years and producing his own works for at leeast a decade; his set at Bijou, as distinctive as it was classic, took this observer back to when DJs insisted on being distinctly themselves and when their overlay mixes, quick cuts, and blends of groove and voice gave shape to ecstasy on the dance floor and voice to dancers' desires.
Considering how strong a groove and dreamy an atmosphere one encounters in almost every top CARLO LIO track, it was disappointing to this writer how non-dramatic his 105-minute set at Bijou Nightclub played out this past Friday night.
Taken in individual pieces, Lio's work dominates. No house music producer creates tracks more classic as funk, blues, or psychedelics.
Making his first major visit to the Boston area in many years, DANNY TENAGLIA dropped a master set at Bijou on Hallowe'en night. The set lasted more than two hours, and not a minute sounded weak or suspect. Any doubts that fans may have had about Tenaglia's chops, given the absence of new track productions since 2007's "Dibiza," not to mention last year's announcement that he was retiring -- which proceed not to be the case -- were kicked aside by the power and ingenuity of his Bijou set.
As a solo artist, SHARAM TAYEBI has had less success than former Deep Dish partner Dubfire at embracing a sound to call his own. His top-ten downloads at Beatport -- not to mention his prior solo work -- swing between genres of dance music that do not relate easily. There's "progressive" -- which was Deep Dish's hallmark during their decade of glory, 1995 to 2004 -- and there's techno, progressive's polar opposite; and there's some "elektro," a touch of "tribal," and some girly dance-pop.
Veteran track mixer CHRISS VARGAS plays Boston as often as any one and draws a large crowd just about every time. RISE Club on Saturday was no exception. Even the stairway up to the main dance floor had a waiting line on it. Inside there was hardly a spot for this reviewer to perch even as late as 5:30 am, by which time Vargas had been dropping mixes for almost three hours.
About 18 months ago, a much-talked about, but still quite unproven, female DJ named MISS JENNIFER -- a former model and a computer science specialist, according to her bio at Resident Advisor -- dropped a techno set at Providence's Therapy as strong rhythmically as any this writer had then heard. Even better, her techno rhythm convincingly negotiated a city-life soundscape as vividly industrial as an Einstürzende Neubauten encounter with skyscrapers from hell.