Allnight June 17 2004
A quick guide to what's happening in nightlife each week
The joys of multiplicity
For this week only, we should rename this space "OneNight." The average Atlantan cruising these streets to scare up a good time is faced with many tough choices each evening: regular or mid-grade. Paper or plastic. Female or she-male hooker. On Wed., June 23, however, there's a wealth of entertainment — something for everyone who's into anything — making the choice not only how to score some ass, but how to shake your own in the process.
The first question to ask is whether you prefer it hypnotic or chaotic. Let's address the former later and skip to chaotic. For those fans of the tinny twitches, bass burbles and cascades of rhythmic shards thrown up with jagged edges melting into digitally manipulated gradients like aural graffiti, TEAM SHADETEk at MJQ's Drunken Unicorn Room is the place to put your root down. The Manhattan-based recent Warp Records signees bridge robofunk regurgitation and bucking dancehall with a loping hip-hop sensibility.
On the hypnotic flipside, Welsh DJ/producer SASHA — appearing at eleven50 — knows a thing or two about regurgitation: On his latest, Involver, Sasha created more than a mere mix CD. Dissecting tracks by U.N.K.L.E., the Youngsters, Felix da Housecat and Spooky, among others, Sasha reinterpreted their work, editing it digitally into airy, acoustics-flecked progressive key-matched dynamics, from rollicking syncopation to bobbing swoon.
Finally, another DJ/producer showcases a mix of his own productions, collaborations and preferred selections. Supporting his recent release In The Moment with an appearance at Compound, San Francisco's KASKADE plays a gummy groove with just a touch of Chicago-informed soulful grit. Sun-dappled humid house flourishes float effortlessly over gracefully rolling beat work, like friction-moist skin and 500-thread count sateen sheets.
TEAM SHADETEk. $5. 9 p.m. MJQ/Drunken Unicorn, 736 Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-870-0575. www.mjqatlanta.com.
Sasha. $20-$25. 9:30 p.m. eleven50, 1150-B Peachtree Road. 404-257-2515. www.eleven50.com.
Kaskade. Call for time and ticket price. Compound, 1008 Brady Ave. 404-872-4621. www.compoundatl.com.