As You Like It presents Marcel Dettmann and Matrixxman
at Public Works, 9 p.m.-3 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 25. $15-$20
// As You Like It presents Tin Man and Basic Soul Unit
at Monarch, 9 p.m.-4 a.m. Friday, Sept. 26. $10-$15
Normally, the feature slot in this column focuses on one party — but this isn't a normal weekend. For those keeping score, this weekend features more heavyweight talent in San Francisco than any other weekend of 2014 so far, and it's all kicking off with a double-header hosted by As You Like It.
The festivities begin on Thursday, when Marcel Dettmann headlines Public Works. For the uninitiated, Dettmann is the living, breathing avatar of German techno: A resident DJ at Berlin club Berghain, he's heavily involved with its record label Ostgut Ton, and produces his own brand of sharp and sleek minimal techno. His DJ sets are as good as it gets as far as techno is concerned, long-form and propulsive, composed of the finest underground techno but never employing minimalism for minimalism's sake. Joining him is Matrixxman, one of San Francisco's finest producers who has been making serious waves in the techno world recently with a number of excellent records and a European tour. Together, they make for what is probably the best Thursday night party lineup you'll see all year. Local DJs Mossmoss and Patrick Gil go back-to-back to open the night.
On Friday, As You Like It switches gears and hosts two of the world's finest deep-house producers at Monarch. Basic Soul Unit, based in Toronto, is one of the most understated producers around: He's never been in the spotlight but has released a steady stream of superb Detroit-flavored underground house music since his first record in 2003. He'll be performing live alongside Tin Man, an acid house magician whose soulful, emotional grooves sound like love letters written both by and to the Roland TB-303. Jason Kendig is joined by Bells & Whistles to open and close the night.
These two parties alone would make for a top-notch weekender, but they're just the tip of the iceberg. Read below for a mere snapshot of what else is going on.