360BPM Turns 15, Africa Hitech, Stop Biting
AMEN (BREAK): 360BPM CELEBRATES 15 YEARS OF JUNGLE BUSINESS
Whoomp (whoomp), there it is—15 years of drum 'n' bass madness and obsession. Now that's something to celebrate. The d&b lifers—including Kid Hops, Slantooth, and Demo—who power 360BPM will be dropping the up-tempo jungle bombs that keep them inspired to this day, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. From 2 a.m. onward, Commodore 69 (aka Nitsuj) and Chewy Lewis (aka Zacharia) will expand the menu to incorporate the crucial cuts from techno, house, 2step, and dubstep genres that formed the historical narrative of their venerable club night. Electric Tea Garden, 10 pm, $5, 21+.
AFRICA HITECH'S FUTURE-BASS RUCKUS
Africa Hitech (Brits Mark Pritchard and Steve Spacek) embark on their first American tour, and expectations for them run high. In the mid '00s, Spacek put a dazzling, Jamie Lidell–like spin on future soul music over several records. Pritchard has a mile-long résumé that includes releases with Global Communication, Reload, Link, Harmonic 313, Jedi Knights, and others. He's known for his chameleonic ability to excel at myriad styles—ambient, IDM, electro, library music, etc.—with a keen funkiness and enigmatic melodiousness usually to the fore. With Africa Hitech, the duo appears in more aggressive form than previous work hinted at. Their debut album, 93 Million Miles, conjures future-bass melees that encompass everything from Chicago juke to Shangaan electro, with a few refreshing excursions into 21st-century astral jazz. Africa Hitech should have no trouble keeping the dance floor molten. With Clicks & Whistles and Justice & Treasure. Chop Suey, 9 pm, $13, 21+.
STOP BITING STILL HAS TEETH
Seattle institution Stop Biting is where many of the area's most adroit breakdancers bust inconceivable-to-most-of-humanity moves as some of the city's most advanced beatsmiths and knowledgeable DJs spin inspirational hiphop cuts. Everyone wins, week after week after week. Tonight, Justice & Treasure (leaders of SunTzu Sound's TRUST monthly and programmers on the City Soul radio show [KBCS 91.3 FM]) handle the back room; they're renowned for their vast awareness of soulful dance music from around the globe. Special guest in the front lounge is Zac Hendrix, the DJ for Del the Funky Homosapien. Also note that Hendrix is moving his Midnight Hotline Rendezvous from the Can Can to Lo-Fi, every last Friday. Stop Biting regulars Introcut and Same DNA, plus Wally Puma, will join him in the celebration of '70s/early-'80s soul, funk, boogie, electro, R&B, and freestyle. With MadMax, Suntonio Bandanaz, Sage Nomad, and ORB. Lo-Fi Performance Gallery, 9:30 pm, $5, 21+.