Hanssen, J.Alvarez, Emancipator, Odesza, Trust, ERAAS
HANSSEN'S KOSMISCHE HOUSE EPICS, J.ALVAREZ'S ELECTRO MASTERPIECES
Tonight marks the release party for Seattle producer Hanssen's Programme EP on the excellent local label Pleasure Boat (see my feature on it here). Best known for his slanted and elegant house and techno productions with the duo Jacob London and in his solo guise of Hanssen (real name: Bob Hansen), he's gone off on a tangent with Programme. The emphasis here is less on booming beats to keep asses moving and more on kosmische and küte synth melodies and arpeggios soaring handsomely over chugging rhythms. The whole thing's delightfully light on its feet and unbombastically epic, like Lindstrøm, but without the Norwegian bling. Bonus: Revered Ghostly International artist Lusine adds a sweet remix of "Azur" that beefs up the bass and funk. Seattle's J.Alvarez (aka 214, aka Chris Roman) is one of the country's finest creators of electro music, with the inventively, robotically funky tracks and international discography to prove it. With Nordic Soul. Q Nightclub, 9 pm–3 am, $7 adv/$10 DOS, 21+.
EMANCIPATOR'S BLAND TRIPHOP, ODESZA'S CHEERY NIGHT BUS
Portland producer Emancipator creates middling, orchestral, down-tempo electronic music that seems tailor-made for TV movies (do they still make those?). His tracks skew predominantly melancholy and blandly funky, like a smooth-jazz version of Thievery Corporation. Seattle duo Odesza (Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight) put out their debut album, Summer's Gone, last September (you can download it at odesza.com). It's more of a beat-centric and extroverted take on the lush, intricately detailed night-bus style that Kid Smpl has burnished to a golden glow. With Little People. Neumos, 8 pm, $15 adv, 21+.
TRUST'S CANADIAN GOTH HOUSE, ERAAS' SUBLIME BUMMER VIBES
Toronto duo Trust (Maya Postepski and Robert Alfons) have accumulated a rabid following with exquisitely wrought tracks that garland house music's cocksure 4/4 pulse with eerie atmospheric ectoplasm and artfully cobwebbed melodies. Alfons has a distinctive, slightly anguished voice, less stentorian than most goth-inflected types and more brittle and wreathed in subtle reverb. Trust make the goths dance and sweat till their mascara runs in patterns that resemble poor Alice Cooper impersonators. Brooklyn's ERAAS—featuring former Apse members Robert Toher and Austin Stawiarz—exude a similar spookiness, albeit in a less overtly danceable context. Their self-titled album is full of gorgeous loping and moping tracks, melding Section 25 and early Low's subdued bummer vibes and Toro Y Moi's chilled bubble funk. With Nightmare Fortress and Dr. Troy. Barboza, 8 pm, $12, 21+.