Detroit Techno Ace Omar S., Second Sight, Mux Mool, DJAO
MOTOR CITY TECHNO MAGUS OMAR S.
Detroit producer/DJ Omar S. has cojones. For his entry in Fabric's esteemed DJ-mix series (he did number 45), he filled the CD with all of his own tracks... like Ricardo Villalobos did before him. Is such hubris warranted? Many listeners seem to think so. The man—who also runs FXHE Records—creates subtly acidic, nocturnal techno that can charm the sweat out of you for several hours at a time, as he recently proved at a local New Year's Eve loft party. For this show, another ambitious Decibel booking, Omar's slated to do a three-hour DJ set, so expect all killer cuts from his mesmerizing arsenal (in fact, one of his most devastating tracks is titled "Here's Your Trance, Now Dance!!"). Hell, he may even spin other people's stuff. With Nordic Soul and Justin Timbreline. Re-bar, 10 pm, $13 adv/$15 DOS, 21+.
SECOND SIGHT'S COLD CAVE RAVE
Actual Pain has moved its Second Sight event to Electric Tea Garden, where every second Friday, its DJs spin the city's edgiest array of cold wave, witch house, industrial, minimal synth, and other genres that make your black heart beat faster. Tonight, NYC trio Cold Cave fill the low-ceilinged space with their frigid, hook-laden, dark-wave revivalism. Electric Tea Garden, 10 pm, $10, 21+.
MUX MOOL AND DJAO'S GHOSTLY BEATS
East Coast beat-wrangler Mux Mool (aka Brian Lindgren) has spent recent years cranking out lovable releases for Ghostly International subsidiary Moodgadget. He blends Brainfeeder-like post-hiphop swagger with all the attendant digital crackle and sheen that makes listeners bow down to SoCal artists like Teebs and TOKiMONSTA. Seattle's DJAO (aka Alex Osuch) is my pick among local electronic-music producers to break out on a national level in 2012. His music's soulful and haunting in non-obvious ways, deeply atmospheric, and amenable to righteous head-nodding in a way that would make J Dilla proud. This is a good look for DJAO to open for Mux Mool, and I suspect even sweeter bills await him in the near future. With Danny Corn, Ghost Feet, and Hooker. Chop Suey, 9 pm, $10, 21+.