The Big Kahuna of Seattle electronic-music events, Decibel Festival, is upon us, and since shows overlap, here's a guide to the sets that will maximize your euphoria.

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 23



GHOSTLY RECORDS SHOWCASE

Ann Arbor, Michigan's Ghostly shows why the label is rocketing to world-class status with a small sampling of its powerful roster. Seattle's Jeff Samuel and Lusine charm you with melodically warm tech-house while Kill Memory Crash rehabilitate industrial techno for our shiny new century and Solvent prettifies '80s electro pop for high-IQ listeners. (Chop Suey)

ORAC RECORDS SHOWCASE

Seattle's top techno label unleashes its big guns. Bruno Pronsato's experimental tech-house blooms into feral torrents of inventively pounding rhythms and textures that'll derange your senses. Caro (Orac cofounder Randy Jones) is a Renaissance man who sings and programs like a 21st-century Prince. Portland's Strategy proves that dub, disco, and techno can rewardingly miscegenate. (CHAC, Lower Level)


FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 24



FUTURE FUNK SHOWCASE

Prepare for a Detroit-techno history lesson when Mike Huckaby hits the decks. Genius L.A. producer/DJ/Palette Records boss John Tejada excels at elegant tech-house that holds its own with Detroit's finest offerings, but he's so diverse and talented, he'll dazzle no matter which style(s) he lays down. German badass Markus Nikolai is one of the architects and benefactors (via his infallible Perlon label) of microhouse; his show in Seattle earlier this year astonished a packed Baltic Room. (CHAC)

Friday's after-party action will sizzle, with eclectic, fun-filled DJ sets from the Shameless crew preceding Portland-via-California techno luminary Freaky Chakra and locals Jerry Abstract and Kris Moon bumpin' challenging tracks till sunrise. (Oseao)

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 25



WAREHOUSE REVIVAL/DETROIT TECHNO INVASION

Twonz, Huckaby, Murat, S.O.G. , and Primal bring the Motor City ruckus, proving that the latest wave of Detroit techno is as vital as its forefathers'. (CHAC)

HEADFUK SHOWCASE

This may be Decibel's, uh, headiest bill. Brit Tipper's downtempo compositions in 5.1 take lushly detailed production to sublime heights. Richard Devine's insanely intricate and ornately warped abstractions are next-level ear-puzzlers for people who find Autechre too simplistic and soothing. SF's Sutekh forges roof-raising techno that awes gearheads with his methods and rocks the dance floor. South Africa native Portable nearly stole the show at 2004's MUTEK with hypnotic tribal techno that referenced Porter Ricks' heroin-house vibe and Fennesz' radiant drones. Unmissable. (Chop Suey)

MICROHOUSE SHOWCASE

Tomas Jirku, Robin Judge, Safety Scissors, [a]pendics.shuffle, Paul Edwards, and PJ Pooterhoots inform you in manifold ways that less is indeed more. (CHAC, Lower Level)


SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 26



TECHNO AND DECIBEL FINALE

Resident at Detroit's legendary Club Motor, DJ Minx spins filtered house that's funkier than the Pistons' locker room. Brit techno stud the Advent (Cisco Ferreira) creates mercilessly hard, mesmerizing tracks have been stunning clubbers for 10 years. (CHAC)

BASSKAMP/VANCOUVER SHOWCASE

If the Advent's brutalism scares you, opt to end Decibel blissfully with Vancouver artists Circlesquare and Loscil, who respectively peddle eerie post-rock and aquatic dub. (CHAC, Lower Level)
Don't forget the clinics and films, either.

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