MARC KINCHEN MAKES HOUSE MUSIC POP
Marc Kinchen (aka MK) established himself as a techno and house-music fixture in the late 1980s and '90s while living in the Detroit area and cutting singles for Kevin Saunderson's KMS label, among others. Kinchen drew praise for his sonically sophisticated and soulful tracks featuring his exceptional keyboard work and orchestral touches. Early singles like "Somebody New" and "Decay" still sound fresh today. In recent years, Kinchen has raised his profile with remixes that convert pop songs into dance-club heaters, transforming hits by Haim, Lana Del Rey, Hot Natured, and others. With Studio 4/4 residents Nordic Soul, Dr. Fever, and Moss. Q Nightclub, 9 pm, $10 adv, 21+.
TITONTON DUVANTÉ'S SEXY, TECHNICALLY DAZZLING TECHNO
How can you not succeed in music with a name like Titonton Duvanté? The rhythm of it alone is danceable. Beyond his nombre, though, Duvanté is an excellent DJ and producer. I caught a set by him when I was living in Cleveland in the '90s and was dazzled by his deck skills and selections (this was before CDJs and laptops dominated the disc-jockey-sphere). Check out Duvanté's 2000 lost-classic techno album Selections for Intercourse to get an idea of his rare ability to combine mind-boggling rhythmic intricacy and melodic filigree with intensely sensual atmospheres. Former Seattle/current Montana DJ/producer Kris Moon is a master of deep, brainy techno—and just about every other electronic genre that's ever been. The other opening DJ, Phaedrus (Netherlands-born Seattle transplant Joris Kamma), favors techno's weirder and more minimal specimens, but is anything but one-dimensional. Check out his Quarks Just Wanna Have Fun! podcast on Soundcloud. Another great booking by Peloton Musique's Aron Schoppert. Kremwerk, 9 pm, $5 before 10/$10 after, 21+.
SHLOHMO'S BASS MUSIC'S GONE ROMO
Back in 2010, I speculated in this space that young California producer Shlohmo might soon be "challeng[ing] Flying Lotus for textural sensuality and rhythmic verve." Shlohmo's Camping EP and Shlomoshun Deluxe album represented high points in West Coast bass music for that year, but it's probably stretching things to say he's on FlyLo's level in 2014. On last year's Laid Out EP, Shlohmo opted for a more soft-focus, R&B-slanted style, deploying romantic soul-man inflections and pitched-up vocal samples to get you horizontal. If he's lost some of the rhythmic inventiveness of yore, Shlohmo has significantly advanced his melody game. Check out "Same Time" from Bad Vibes for proof. With Jim-E Stack and Purple. Neumos, 8 pm, $18 adv, 18+.