It's hard to find an electronic-music genre more unfashionable now than gabber. The hyperkinetic, sledgehammer techno that gained traction in Holland in the early '90s has aged about as well as a chain-smoking meth addict. Combine its innately ludicrous bombasticity with the goofy, ravetastic theme song to children's TV program Yo Gabba Gabba, though, and you have Jeremy Jones's potentially brilliant concept for a smiley night on the tiles—at 200 bpm.

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Yo Gabber Gabber is Jones's second party under his Eleminow (say: LMNO) rubric. After his stint as Bonkers!'s VJ ended earlier this year, Jones (aka Looptid) decided to launch a night that took Ian Scot Price's beloved adventurous monthly to a higher level of what Jones calls "uninhibited fun over cool clubbing attitudes." To attain that end, he hopes Eleminow will offer "new opportunities to electronic musicians by means of humor, ridiculous challenges, and competition."

Gabber is not enjoying a revival now, and it's long been scorned by discerning heads. However, Jones views it as an antidote to the sometimes overly serious demeanor that accompanies many electronic- music events. "[Gabber is] the Snakes on a Plane of electronic music—something so bad you have to love it," he opines. "All of the artists for the Yo Gabber Gabber show were encouraged to incorporate the gabber style of their liking, or however they think gabber should sound, not just mix in a generic trance [track] played on 45 speed with a cheap BOSS DS-1 overdrive kicked in, which apparently is what most gabber is.

"I thought combining a crazy, electronica- oriented children's TV show and unique musical stylings, all blended together by some of Seattle's top producers, would result in something nobody could take for anything more than all-around party, good-time fun."

YGG's lineup—PotatoFinger, Greg Skidmore, the Naturebot, and Graz—represents to Jones Seattle's "creativity, energy, and the desire to forge new grounds as opposed to simply mix records."

If you've seen Skidmore DJ over the last six years, you may be surprised that he's participating. The cerebral, intricate electro and IDM tracks that he usually plays differ greatly from gabber. But Skidmore's love of a challenge spurred him to enter the YGG fray.

"I approached it as a regular gig with a clever catch—something that I could wiggle into without deviating far from my comfort zone," Skidmore says. "Some weeks after I spoke to Jeremy, I was inspired by a live/DJ set [by Broken Note] that was a revelation for me. The artist went from dubstep to d'n'b to breakcore to gabber—the hardest, darkest, steroid-laced beats. It had me in sweats. Given that experience, I'm exploring these frenetic styles and I incorporate them into the breakbeat genres that I already know."

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Yo Gabber Gabber with PotatoFinger, Greg Skidmore, the Naturebot, Graz, Looptid (visuals), Fri Jan 8, Re-bar, $5 before 11 pm/$7 after, 21+.