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Jaymz Nylon, Rick Preston, Megalodon, New Retic Album

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WEDNESDAY 7/18

JAYMZ NYLON'S NEW HOUSE-MUSIC BIMONTHLY PASSAGE

Brooklyn DJ/producer/label honcho Jaymz Nylon moved to Seattle earlier this year and now is ready to make an impact on our electronic-music scene with Passage, a bimonthly DJ night devoted to the "deeper, more soulful side of house music." Nylon should fit in well with the city's established house gurus in the Uniting Souls and the City Soul collectives, so having selectors Ramiro and Atlee (aka A.Treasure) spin at Passage's debut makes all kinds of sense. Nylon is recognized as a pioneer of "Afro-tech," a spiritual fusion of African, Latin, and jazz rhythms. He should prove to be a valuable addition to Seattle's house-music ecosystem. Get familiar with Nylon's DJing prowess at Mixcloud.com. Electric Tea Garden, 9 pm, free, 21+.

THURSDAY 7/19

FUNKY HOUSE MASTER RICK PRESTON

ETG's Everything Electric weekly hosts Rick Preston tonight. The Santa Cruz, California, DJ has been spinning records and moving bodies since the early '80s, so by now he's got this art down to a science—and vice versa. Beginning with disco and funk, Preston gradually moved into the house-music sphere as a producer, remixer, and disc jockey, although his DJ sets can edge into techno, acid, and disco—all while maintaining a funky, hedonistic vibe. With Kadeejah Streets. Electric Tea Garden, 10 pm, $7, 21+.

FRIDAY 7/20

MEGALODON'S HEAVYWEIGHT DUBSTEP PUNCH

Shift Dubstep Sessions offers yet another LA badass, Megalodon. A favorite of BBC1 and Rinse.fm as well as taste-making DJs such as N-Type, Hatcha, and Plastician, Megalodon makes dubstep that hits with a menacing, heavyweight-boxer punch. It's an invulnerable sound that admits no sunshine or beauty, and I can respect that. With Lukki and Headie. Contour, 9 pm, men $5 and women free till 11 pm/$10 after, 21+.

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We interrupt Data Breaker's usual show-preview agenda in order to discuss another great local release, Scattered Sun Showers, the best work yet by Retic (aka producer/DJ Douglas Teike). Described by the man as "a warped rendition of summery techno" (an apt description and the sort of music of which we don't have an abundance), Scattered Sun Showers offers a surplus of unconventional 4/4 electronic music that relies on subtle application of textural distortion and elegantly winking melodies rather than broad, sledgehammering gestures. "Top" even manages to wring new life out of the early-'00s schaffel subgenre. Listen to Scattered Sun Showers at www.retic.bandcamp.com/album/scattered-sun-showers. recommended

 

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