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When: Fri., Feb. 13, 10 p.m. 2009

Over the past year or two A-Trak has become more than just “Kanye’s old tour DJ”—he’s earned a healthy rep on his own terms. The Fool’s Gold record label he runs with Nick Catchdubs has released bangers like Kid Sister’s “Pro Nails” (which he also produced) and Kid Cudi’s “Day ’n’ Nite” that have blown up not just stateside but in Europe and Asia. Last year he made the full-length mix Running Man for Nike’s workout series, relying almost solely on his own compositions—including an addictive tune called “Say Whoa” that ended up on about half of the club-music mix tapes in 2008. A-Trak has still got the freakish turntable skills that earned him a DMC championship while he was still a teenager, but the hype around his DJ sets these days is less about his manual dexterity and more about his ability to whip a crowd into a sweat with a furious, hedonistic combo of hip-hop and dance music—the same kind of combo he dishes behind the boards and through his label. His mix Infinity +1, forthcoming on Thrive in April, includes everything from Sebastien Tellier to Farley “Jackmaster” Funk. —Miles Raymer

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