When it comes to electronic music, Miami never gets the credit it deserves. Detroit, Chicago, and New York get all the credit — well-deserved credit, mind you — but Miami gets short shrift. That's a shame, because Miami bass, the city's namesake sound, has always bubbled just underneath the surface, enjoying a brief moment in the spotlight in the '90s when 2 Live Crew was a thing and Ghost Town DJs' “My Boo” was everywhere. Danny Daze, a Miami native, is doing what he can to change that with his genre-spanning DJ sets and productions.
Early in his career, Daze released a number of solid tech-house slabs on renowned labels like Jamie Jones' Hot Creations and German monolith Kompakt. These were savvy moves, garnering the attention of the global dance music cognoscenti, but something key separates Daze from his peers: his Miami roots. Steeped in B-boy culture, Daze began DJing at a young age, and the Miami sound — electro, booty bass, and hip-hop — is ever-present in his DJ sets. While that doesn't mean you'll hear Tag Team dropped in a Daze DJ set, you will hear him jump seamlessly from techno to electro to deep house to Italo disco without skipping a beat. Variety is the spice of life, and Daze knows it.
Detroit Swindle, meanwhile, is a DJ duo from Amsterdam (the two are Swindling you by making you think they're from Detroit — get it?) that has quickly established itself as a deep house fan favorite with a long string of 12-inches engineered for maximum dancefloor satisfaction. These guys know what they're doing — a tightly-wound bass line here, a cut-up vocal sample there, some rave-worthy piano stabs — and BOOM! Everyone's hands are in the air. On supporting duty is San Francisco stalwart Clint Stewart, known for his minimal techno DJ sets, his solo productions, and as half of duo Safeword. Come prepared to dance.
Other worthy parties this week
Parameter presents Instance 02 featuring Pinch, Lee Bannon, and more at F8, 10 p.m.-3 a.m. Friday, July 10. $10-$15; feightsf.com
New party Parameter kicks off its stacked fall schedule by bringing together two artists from different scenes who share an awful lot in common: Pinch, the Bristolian dubstep (and beyond) pioneer, and Lee Bannon, a young producer from Sacramento who is blurring the line between hip-hop and drum'n'bass. Pinch was an early mover and shaker (literally — the bass frequencies on his productions can cause tremors in the earth) in the UK dubstep movement, standing out among the crowd with his razor-sharp production skills and flawless vinyl DJ sets. These days, he's outgrown the British dubstep sound somewhat, but his productions and DJ sets are no less moody and no less bass-heavy. Lee Bannon, meanwhile, plucks bits and pieces from all over the bass music spectrum and melds them with evocative experimental atmospherics. In addition, a whole swath of local DJs (full disclosure: your humble party columnist is one of them) will be on support duty.
Fine Time featuring Robot Romantic at Amnesia, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday, July 10. $5; amnesiathebar.com
After doin' the damn thing for a decade, local indie-centric party Indie Slash found itself ready for a change of pace. That party's bread and butter, the fertile grounds of mid-aughts indie-dance music (think Cut Copy, LCD Soundsystem, The Rapture, and all that), eventually gave way to a focus on electronic music of all kinds, specifically vocal-driven, synth-heavy jams: think synthpop, acid house, and vintage Italo disco. And so the party was reborn, as Fine Time, that name a nod to the classic New Order jam, of course. To celebrate the rebirth, organizers are bringing in disco-centric Seattle DJ Robot Romantic, whose DJ moniker pretty much perfectly encapsulates his sound — sultry, sexy disco jams with a gently cybernetic touch. Joining him are Fine Time's resident DJs, Rance and Brooks, who'll be bringing their own collections of easy, groovy jams for you to get down like it's 2005 (or 1995, or 1985) to.
Concept 04 featuring Carlos Souffront at Mercer, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday, July 11. $15-$20; mercersf.com
In the past several years, a certain cadre of hardworking American DJs with deep, encyclopedic knowledge of underground dance music is beginning to get some very well-deserved global shine. Known loosely as Interdimensional Transmissions and rooted in Detroit, their names should be familiar to anyone who has traveled the underground party circuit: BMG, Erika, Derek Plaslaiko, Patrick Russell, Mike Servito, and Carlos Souffront, among others. They have their specialties, but it's their passion — and wide-ranging knowledge of music of all kinds — that unites them as DJs. Souffront, in particular, is known for his collection of acid techno and acid house, which he tends to string together both haphazardly and flawlessly, somehow. But Concept is not your usual dance party — instead the night allows DJs to flex their muscles, pick a theme (dancefloor-oriented or not), and run with it. Expect Souffront to get very weird and go far out. Let him take you there.
Summertime Radness featuring Psychemagik and Nancy Whang at The Phoenix Hotel, noon-6 p.m. Sunday, July 12. $20-$30; facebook.com/PhoenixHotelSF
I've said it before, and I'll say it again — pool parties at the Phoenix Hotel are the closest you'll get to experiencing L.A. in San Francisco. Southern California life is pool life, and generally speaking, San Francisco's climate and urban landscape are inhospitable to bringing those sun-kissed vibes up to the Bay Area. But inside the Phoenix Hotel, in the heart of the Tenderloin and with just enough jazzed-up shabby-chic former-motel accoutrements to make you feel like you've somehow teleported to the Ace in Palm Springs, San Francisco feels decidedly different. The tunes on offer — warm, breezy, and seasonally-appropriate dancefloor jams courtesy of psychedelic disco-edit duo Psychemagik and Nancy Whang, formerly of LCD Soundsystem — are perfect for dancing (there's a shade-covered outdoor dancefloor) or lounging (there's ample seating by the pool). And considering how unseasonably warm it's been lately, it seems even the weather will be cooperating.