Fri, March 7.
Ikonika (England's Sara Abdel-Hamid) earned her reputation as a distinctive producer by putting a rhythmically unpredictable and oddly melodic spin on dubstep on a series of EPs for the revered UK labels Hyperdub and Planet Mu, as well as on her 2010 debut album, Contact, Love, Want, Have. On 2013's Aerotropolis, Ikonika goes for more of a streamlined freestyle-house approach, with her own vocals adding a more accessible sheen to the songs. But at last year's Decibel Festival, Ikonika busted out some punishing techno of the early-'90s Plus 8 Records sort. Perhaps she'll shock us once again tonight. With Natasha Kmeto, Kid Smpl, DJAO, and Slow Year. DAVE SEGAL