FRIDAY 12/14


My favorite kind of DJ is the type who rambles wildly and intelligently over several genres during a set or mix, making unlikely transitions seem like exactly the right move. Few selectors fit that description better than Optimo, the Scottish duo of Keith McIvor (aka JD Twitch) and Jonnie Wilkes. Check out their How to Kill the DJ CDs or the Psyche Out mix for proof. (Who segues from Miroslav Vitous to Soft Cell to Carl Craig or goes from Liaisons Dangereuses into the Cramps? Only Optimo.) The savvy Trouble disco night has booked Twitch solo twice, and both times were revelatory expansions of disco's parameters. With Wilkes finally in tow, things should get even farther out. Q, 9 pm–3 am, free before 10 pm/$10 after, 21+.


A youthful duo from Lancaster, England, Bondax produce slick R&B-inflected bass music for people who worship subwoofers as much as they do catchy choruses, conventionally soulful vocals, and uplifting piano motifs. Bondax represent the gleaming commercial end of the bass-music spectrum and are very good at what they do. But more interesting to me is Seattle's Kid Smpl (aka Joey Butler), who works in similar territory but does so with greater subtlety and—I use this in its most secular condition—spirituality. Kid Smpl slows and chills R&B to a frigid, languid tremor, resulting in a hushed, reverent sound that's paradoxically heartwarming and consoling. Of the many producers now creating post-Burial nocturnal ambience, Kid Smpl's among the best. His music peaks on his new album, Skylight, from local label Hush Hush. With Jason Burns. Baltic Room, 9 pm, $12 adv, 21+.

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