Cio D'or, Relcad, Eric Moon, Phaedrus, DVS1
CIO D'OR: MINIMAL TECHNO'S GOLDEN GIRL
Elsewhere in this week's paper, I tout Cody Morrison as one of Seattle's top promoters, including his Shelter weeklies at Q, which this blurb is hyping right now (synergy!). And this week's headliner, Köln-based DJ/producer Cio D'or, adds yet anther jewel to Shelter's crown as king of Wednesdays—one of the most cursed nights of the week. As a producer, Cio creates some of the most chill and beautiful minimal dubby techno happening now; bonus points for collaborating with Italian techno deity Donato Dozzy. It's downright therapeutic. As a DJ, she's been known to generously pump up the adrenaline factor and get more maximal with tracks by techno illuminati while keeping things strictly unconventional. Cio D'or used to play congas in a jazz septet, so she knows more about rhythm than your typical techno jockeyer of discs. With Rubidium and Eddie Lee. Q Nightclub, 9 pm, $5 adv/$10 DOS, 21+.
TECHNO STAR WARS WITH PELOTON AND PLEASURE BOAT
Tonight, Peloton and Pleasure Boat—two of Seattle's most adventurous electronic-music labels—join forces for a loaded bill of forward-slinking techno. Phaedrus (aka Joris Kamma) produces that thrusting, head-wrecking techno that sounds like a futuristic interstellar battle in which everyone wins. Eric Moon (aka one half of Crown Hill Repeater) is a super-smart tech-industry guy—I believe he invented Gmail, but don't hold me to it—who also makes and spins some of the weirdest techno and abstract electronic music within the 206 area code. Relcad (the ultra-low-key Alex Duff), as a certain Stranger writer keeps telling you, is probably the region's most slept-on techno luminary. His work's at least as engrossing as that by Seattle artists on big indie labels. Relcad issued his third fantastic full-length in December, Anonymous City, and you can hear it for free at pleasureboatrecords.bandcamp.com/album/anonymous-city. Electric Tea Garden, 10 pm–3 am, free, 21+.
NO-BS TECHNO DJ DVS1 HEADS MOVEMENT PRE-PARTY
This is the official Seattle pre-party for 2013's Movement Festival in Detroit, which ranks with Decibel as one of America's most interesting electronic-music events. Headlining the festivities is DVS1, a Minneapolis DJ with about 20 years of party-rocking under his belt-drive turntable. Like a lot of Midwestern jocks, DVS1 plies a brand of no-bullshit, hard, and exploratory techno and house that keeps you warm during those frigid winter nights. With Recess. Q Nightclub, 9 pm, $7 adv, 21+.