UK POST-DUBSTEP STAR IKONIKA HAS A SURPRISE FOR YOU
Ikonika (England's Sara Abdel-Hamid) earned her reputation as a distinctive producer by putting a rhythmically unpredictable and oddly melodic spin on dubstep on a series of EPs for the revered UK labels Hyperdub and Planet Mu, as well as on her 2010 debut album, Contact, Love, Want, Have. On 2013's Aerotropolis, Ikonika goes for more of a streamlined freestyle-house approach, with her own vocals adding a more accessible sheen to the songs. But at last year's Decibel Festival, Ikonika busted out some punishing techno of the early-'90s Plus 8 Records sort. Perhaps she'll shock us once again tonight. With Natasha Kmeto, Kid Smpl, DJAO, and Slow Year. Crocodile, 8 pm, $15 adv, all ages.
BEATWIFE'S SPAZZY BRAINDANCE SHENANIGANS, BIG PHONE'S PSYCHEDELIC TECHNO
Bonkers! continues its fierce hot streak: Tonight the monthly experimental dance music crew—Ian Scot Price, Eric Wardisko, Eric Moon, and Chris Phillips—brings in Beatwife. You may know Beatwife (aka LA/England producer Richard Wilson, aka Burnkane) for his work in the duo Misty Conditions, who released the dark and rugged mutant-trap album D'zzzz on Planet Mu last year. They managed the tricky feat of making a record that sounds simultaneously sinister and whimsical. As Beatwife, Wilson channels that madly acidic, kinetic, and spasmodic "braindance" steez that Rephlex Records minted in the '90s with genii like Squarepusher and Ceephax Acid Crew. On a much different tip, Seattle's Big Phone (aka Kenric McDowell) just dropped ;) for Knightriders Recordings, a three-track EP of epic, questing techno. It's very rare for a producer to trigger thoughts of Porter Ricks's pitch-black heroin house and the serpentine, ascending techno of Ricardo Villalobos, but that's what Big Phone's done with his latest recording. With Raica, Hanssen, and Erictronic. Re-bar, 10 pm–3 am, $8 before 11 pm/$12 after, 21+.
CANADIAN MASTER TOMAS JIRKU ELECTRO-FIES HIS MINIMAL TECHNO
In a 2004 Data Breaker column, I wrote, "Tomas Jirku ranks with Akufen, Richie Hawtin, Deadbeat, and Tim Hecker among Canada's elite electronic producers." This holds true today. The Vancouver musician has been steadily creating edgy, minimal, dubby techno for 15 years—if you haven't heard his 2000 opus on Force Inc., Sequins, get on it posthaste. Tonight, Jirku celebrates the release of his new EP, The Event Horizon, out March 24 via Seattle's Innerflight label. On it he veers rewardingly into a more electro-tinged style of dance-floor obliqueness à la Schematic artists like Phoenecia and Push Button Objects. It's great to see a veteran still evolving and keeping it adventurous. With the Automatic Message, who collaborated with Jirku on the new EP's ominous highlight, "Power Block," and Innerflight resident DJs Manos and Neural Net. Monkey Loft, 10 pm–4 am, $10, 21+.