Instead of Your Usual Torment

DJ /rupture (Jace Clayton) is a turntable master and producer who wears many funky hats. He hosts the weekly radio program Mudd Up! on New York’s WFMU, maintains a blog of the same name at www.negrophonic.com, and contributes to the avant-garde electronic music magazine The Wire. He also runs the Dutty Artz label and the “New York Tropical” club night. In all these endeavors, he achieves a special sonic alchemy by educating listeners to the emerging microstrains of urban music all over the world. But this is perhaps most exciting to witness when he puts on headphones and DJs not with the standard two turntables, but with three record players that each channel a planet full of possibilities. He’s particularly fond of what’s bubbling up out of the South American underground, where the traditional strains of cumbia have been mixed and mutated into something thoroughly modern for the dancefloor. This passion makes him a wonderful guest star for monthly club night “Tormenta Tropical,” which looks to the same region for inspiration.
Sat., March 14, 10 p.m., 2009

 
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