A-Trak | The Mid | Dance | Chicago Reader

A-Trak Recommended Member Picks Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Fri., Feb. 10, 10 p.m. 2012

Montreal-bred DJ and producer Alain "A-Trak" Macklovitch, co-owner of the Fool's Gold label, is one of the few people in electronic dance music who has equal footing in two parts of that world that sometimes seem mutually exlusive: he's beloved by the underground club scenes that defined the form's recent past as well as by the more mainstream crowd that's recently (finally) brought EDM in America to the arena-size level of popularity it's long enjoyed in Europe. His bipartisan appeal isn't hard to figure out. Macklovitch is a firm believer in the transcendent power of big, broad, dumb hooks—take for instance "Barbra Streisand," the anthemic earworm he and Armand Van Helden recorded as Duck Sauce—but because he knows that they're best used sparingly, he prefers to maintain a steady simmer rather than overload the senses like, say, Skrillex. January's installment of his monthly Fool's Gold Radio mix series is typically ebullient and eclectic, with nods to everything from swag rap to retrofuturistic acid house. —Miles Raymer Gun Love, DJ Trentino, and Phenom open.

Price: $15-$20

Add a review


Select a star to rate.