Three Must-See Acts This Week

Deborah De Luca at Halcyon on Friday, Omar-S at the Midway on Saturday, and Immersion at Cafe du Nord on Sunday.


Deborah De Luca

10 p.m., Friday, June 22, at Halcyon. $25;

Although Italian techno-maestro Deborah De Luca is a relatively new name for American nightclubs this year, her distinct, hard-hitting DJing style has made her a perennial favorite for top European nightclubs for most of the decade. Born in Naples, De Luca was introduced to the world of underground dance music during her college years in northern Italy. Enamored by the city’s nightlife, De Luca abandoned plans to become a fashion designer and committed herself to the nightclub lifestyle, working her way up from bartender to dancer to DJ, quickly turning heads with her floor-filling mixes. In 2013, she started her own label Sola Mente, releasing her own tracks along with those of other techno producers, including explosive talent like Nick Curly. Sola Mente is a testament to De Luca’s artistic independence in a volatile, and oft-unforgiving music industry, saying in an interview with Egg London, “My choice of being independent is definitely part of my character, and although for some they view this as a choice of courage for others they make their own assumptions. I know very well the pros and cons of this decision, and I accept them.”




2 p.m., Saturday, June 23, at The Midway. $15;

Well-known in underground dance music for more than a decade, Omar-S — much like his personality — delivers bold and relentless Detroit techno and house. Born Alex Omar Smith, the DJ and producer began his journey into music at a young age, inspired by a diverse selection of music thanks in part to his upbringing in Detroit. After picking up turntables at age 12, Smith started producing in his teens, releasing his first single in 2001. Discovering quickly that working with labels and distributors can be a nightmare for young artists, Smith began his own label FXHE in 2004, releasing his own music as well as singles for other artists including Seth Troxler. FXHE has earned widespread praise for its discography, which could be credited to Smith’s careful and selective management of the label, saying in an interview with Resident Advisor, “I’m not putting out music that you put on someone else’s label that sounds the same. You do shit on FXHE or you do shit on your own label.” During an extended DJ set, Smith plays whatever feels right at the moment, ranging from hard techno, to smooth, soul-tinged house, all with the raw demeanor that can only be conjured by a Detroit native.


Immersion. Photo by Toby Mason



7:30 p.m., Sunday, June 24, at Cafe du Nord. $21;

Experimenting with obscure, electronically produced soundscapes from an outsider perspective, Immersion is a peek into the enigmatic minds of Colin Newman and Malka Spigel. Both artists are post-punk veterans, Newman of Wire and Spigel of Minimal Compact, and they originally met after collaborating with each other for their respective bands during the mid-1980s. The duo began their exploration into experimental electronic music in 1993 after starting their label swim ~ and releasing Oscillating, their first album as Immersion. The instrumental record is audibly influenced by early ambient figures like Brian Eno, and unafraid to explore harsh, quasi-industrial beats and dark textures. Two more albums, 1995’s Full Immersion and 2000’s Low Impact, led to a hiatus to work on other musical endeavors, but Newman and Spigel released Analogue Creatures Living on an Island in 2016. On it, the duo return to ambient textures, but with organic elements and a more melodic feel than their earlier albums. Their new album, Sleepless, saw its release earlier this month, a further dive into subtle melodies and hazy ambience delivered with artistic conviction.

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