Space Dimension Controller, John Tejada, Tim Xavier, Qeluga
ENTER SPACE DIMENSION CONTROLLER'S FUNKY GALAXY
Cody Morrison, organizer of Q's Shelter weekly, keeps booking major players from around the planet, and this time, on short notice, he persuaded Space Dimension Controller to grace Seattle—and for practically no money. This is a big deal because SDC—who comes from the future, allegedly—normally commands serious fees at world-class dance palaces like Fabric, Panorama Bar, and Watergate. With the deft touch of a master, SDC conjugates spacey (duh), tensile electro funk with classy, foxy tech-house for one of the most luscious sounds in clubdom. With Joel Pryde. Q, 9 pm, free before 10 pm/$5 adv/$10 DOS, 21+.
JOHN TEJADA: AMERICA'S MOST RELIABLE TECHNO ARTIST?
LA's John Tejada plays Seattle more often than some locals do, so perhaps some of us take him for granted. That would be a mistake, as Tejada is still one of America's most consistently interesting techno producers, 15 years into his recording career. There's nothing flamboyant about his tracks, but they efficiently and elegantly engage your hips and your brain with a few acutely rendered rhythmic and melodic elements per track. He's wrung dozens of variations on this approach over the years with no drop in quality (Kompakt has issued his last two albums—Parabolas and The Predicting Machine—and Kompakt doesn't traffic in junk). With Pezzner, Nordic Soul, and Recess. Q, 9 pm, $10 after 10 pm, 21+.
LET TIM XAVIER MASTER YOUR TECHNO DOMAIN
Berlin-via-Portland DJ/producer Tim Xavier is also an engineer at his own company, Manmade Mastering, so you know he has some of the most sensitive ears in the biz. He puts that exquisite sensibility toward tracks that trigger extroverted reactions on the dance floor. As tonight is a KRAKT party, the raunchiest throwdown in the city, Xavier will likely be bringing his roughest and rudest bangers. With Kristina Childs, Roddimus, and SH6RL6S6. Electric Tea Garden, 10 pm–4 am, $10 before midnight/$12 after, 21+.
CATCH THE AMBIENT DRIFT OF QELUGA AND YOUR CITY SLEEPS
Qeluga (aka Federal Way sound scientist Royce Hobbs) is a font of enigmatic, bizarre, beatless atmospheres—ideal scores for nature docs about far-flung places with names you can't pronounce. Your City Sleeps (Miles Kazemian), I keep telling you, is one of Seattle's most probing and cinematic composers of electronic music. Get your ears over to his Bandcamp page and submerge your head in his vast, zoned tone poetry. With B. Durazzo. White Rabbit, 9 pm, free, 21+.