It seems like 2008 is finally getting its legs musically—it's about time. After the slow period surrounding the holidays, it's nice to see a return to the usual state of too much to do.
Friday, March 21, marks the return of L.A.'s Marques Wyatt. Considering how often much of the Om roster comes through town, it's surprising that Wyatt hasn't been to Seattle since 2005. It marks the latest in a string of house heavyweights forcing the Uniting Souls followers to brave See Sound Lounge's gelled and perfumed masses. Wyatt's worth the hassle. An institution of West Coast house, Wyatt's been behind the decks for two decades, providing a dose of spirituality within his sets, reminding his listeners that along with catalyzing a workout for the body, house can be a cleanser for the soul.
It'll be a completely different brand of house taking over Lo_Fi Saturday, March 22. Chicago's DJ Slugo is one of the elders of ghetto house, the faster, raunchier, jackier cousin to the deep, soulful material Marques Wyatt plays. In an SAT-worthy analogy, ghetto house is to Chicago what ghettotech is to Detroit—an ultraurban, accelerated take on existing music, meant to draw people together on the dance floor, with plenty of ass-shaking and pelvis-popping.
Now referred to as juke (yes, an update on the blues term), ghetto house is getting a resurgence of outside attention due to some high-profile remixes, stemming from a decline earlier this decade that saw the genre recede back into Chicago's underground. Much of the new attention is coming from the hipster-y generation of producer/DJs, but Slugo's been around since the beginning, having produced the classic "Wouldn't You Like to Be a Hoe?" Instantly recognizable to booty music fans with its repeated refrain of "I'm a ho, he's a ho, she's a ho, we some hos, wouldn't you like to be a ho, too?" Slugo's appearance provides a rare opportunity to both show off that fancy footwork and get your grind on.
On the same night up the hill, Necodo is throwing its first event, at Oseao. In case you're unaware, Necodo is a local startup, serving up electronic music downloads and audio streaming. It's a hard time out there for anyone trying to compete with the monolithic Beatport, the de facto standard, but Necodo's doing what it can with its Seattle-based operations. For this party, Necodo's bringing in Spectral artist Seth Troxler, who cut his teeth on the Detroit scene as both a promoter and DJ. With his releases on a slew of labels, Troxler has set himself up as part of the newest wave of Detroit techno producers, using the classic template to influence the newer minimal iteration.
In case you're torn between those Saturday events, there's word going around of an afterparty in the works, combining the talents of both events, placing gritty house and pristine techno under the same roof. Bring it.
Marques Wyatt plays Fri March 21 at See Sound Lounge, 10 pm–2 am, $10 adv/$15 DOS, 21+.
DJ Slugo plays Sat March 22 at Serious Business at the Lo_Fi Performance Gallery, 10 pm–2 am, $10, 21+.
Seth Troxler plays Sat March 22 at Oseao, 1402 E Pike St, 9 pm–2 am, $10 adv/$15 DOS, all ages.