Christmas is coming the day after Thanksgiving this year, because Santa's bringing a one-off intimate, private party at a downtown venue with Dixon — one of the world's best DJs — and the rest of the Sunset Soundsystem crew.
For the unfamiliar, Dixon is a Berlin-based DJ and producer who also co-runs the Innervisions record label. Since its inception 2005, Innervisions — as well as Dixon and Âme, the label's owners — have been at the forefront of a new movement of deep house music. The Innervisions sound is melodic, introspective, emotional, and absolutely deadly on the dancefloor. Characterized by lush, simple melodies, innovative percussion, and vocals that sit just in the background of a track without getting in the way of the rest of it, Innervisions has become one of the most renowned record labels in the world, and Dixon has risen with it.
Dixon's DJ sets are marathon affairs that unfurl slowly, at an easy pace, rarely much faster than 120 bpm. Dixon's not afraid to take his time and play with the dancefloor, sometimes mixing in moody ambient bits to keep the audience on its toes. Joining him are the Sunset residents, Solar, Galen, Tasho, and Conor, who are all some of the city's finest DJs. To ensure entry into this party, snag a ticket here: tinyurl.com/sunsetdixon (this event will sell out, so don't dally). Then be on the lookout for an email with the party's location the day of the event.
Other worthy parties this week
Fullyloaded presents Solar, DJ M3, Galen, and Anthony Mansfield at Monarch, 9 p.m.-3 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26. $5-$10; monarchsf.com
Thanksgiving weekend begins on Wednesday, and you can waste no time celebrating the long weekend (and endless amount of food) by joining some of San Francisco's finest DJs at Monarch to celebrate the club's third birthday. Two of the city's party crews, Sunset Soundsystem and Green Gorilla Lounge, are joining forces this evening. Sunset Soundsystem has been throwing parties in the Bay Area for over 20 years, and Solar and Galen, Sunset's resident DJs, have just as many years of experience under their belts. DJ M3 and Anthony Mansfield represent Green Gorilla Lounge, a DJ crew with similarly deep roots in the Bay Area. Solar and Galen are hard to pin down as DJs, but focus on techno and deep house; M3 and Anthony Mansfield veer towards disco and funk.
Bubble featuring Mozaic, Gehno 1A, Ilya Galperin, and Dao at Underground SF, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 27. Free; undergroundsf.com
If you need a place to party on Thanksgiving day, Bubble, the Thursday night weekly party at Underground SF, has got you covered. What better way to burn off all those calories from turkey and cherry pie? This time around there's four local DJs selecting tunes: Mozaic, a long-active Bay Area DJ with wide-ranging tastes and a record collection to match; Gehno 1A, a DJ affiliated with New York City's House of Aviance vogue crew, whose taste leans towards deep house, garage and old-school house and breaks; Ilya Galperin, a funk-centric DJ who spins all things cosmic, spaced-out, funky and disco-flavored; and Dao, a Bubble resident who plays playful, groovy tech-house. The party is free, as always, and will provide a welcome respite if you need to escape from the turkey day festivities.
Deep Blue, Base, On&On, and Public Works present Martin Buttrich and Guti at Public Works, 9 p.m.-4 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29. $15-$25; publicsf.com
German producer and musician Martin Buttrich has been in the game for a very long time now. In the '90s, Buttrich remained behind the curtain, producing trance, quirky pop, and a great deal of progressive house in collaboration with industry legend Timo Maas. It wasn't until 2004 that he began producing under his own name, a shift that saw him leave the overtly crowd-pleasing aspects of his early career behind for immaculately produced, crisp, and subtle tech-house. In 2007 he founded his record label, Desolat, which has managed to showcase the sound of underground minimal techno in an accessible, easy-to-digest way. Joining him is Desolat labelmate Guti, an Argentine who spent most of his career in rock bands. Guti produces Latin-flavored tech-house: Big, thumping beats paired with Afro-Caribbean hand drumming and Spanish vocal flourishes, designed for maximum dancefloor satisfaction.
Last Nite presents a 2000s Hip Hop Party with Jamie Jams and Marco de la Vega at Slate Bar, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29. $5 before 11 p.m., $10 after; slate-sf.com
Last Nite has been presenting a regularly occurring 2000s Indie Dance party for some time now, throwing back to the not-so-distant past when DFA Records ruled the world and LCD Soundsystem played five sold-out shows in a row in New York. To change things up a bit, they're throwing back to a different genre, same era: 2000s-era hip-hop, the time when hip-hop and rap summited the mountain of cultural ascendancy and well and truly became the dominant mode of American popular music. But that's no matter, as you have two San Francisco DJs with bags full of bass- and snare-heavy tunes designed to get your bottom-end shakin'. Expect to hear a bunch of tracks you already know (and love), and a bunch that you don't, because Jamie and Marco's collections run deep.