DJ Sega, Ghetto Division DJs, Broken Disco 1980, Chicago Dead Beats | Metro | Dance | Chicago Reader

DJ Sega, Ghetto Division DJs, Broken Disco 1980, Chicago Dead Beats Recommended Soundboard Critics' Picks

When: Sat., Sept. 12, 11:30 p.m. 2009

One of the best things about so-called club music (aka Baltimore club, aka B-more house) is the fact that, despite its rigid stylistic template, it’s amenable to hybridization with a practically infinite range of genres. Though the requirements for something to be considered club music are unusually specific, those are really the only rules it has. Include the right elements—the break from Lyn Collins’s “Think (About It)” and a bunch of rapid-fire bass-drum stutters—and you can make a club track out of anything from Inner Circle’s “Bad Boys” to the theme from Pinky and the Brain. Diplo-approved Philly club-music stylist DJ Sega understands this as well as or better than anyone. His set from this May at New York’s Bowery Ballroom bounces all over the map, touching down in the span of an hour on “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Michael Jackson, “Woo-Hah!! Got You All in Check,” and Chromeo—but thanks to his skill and instincts, these jarring transitions create a cognitive frisson instead of ugly aesthetic whiplash. And his take on “IC19” for a recent Buraka Som Sistema remix EP proves that kuduro can make the transition to club music just like everything else. The Ghetto Division DJs (Charlie Glitch, Rampage, Rob Threezy, Maddjazz, Moon Man, D-51, M-Dok, and Louie Cue), Broken Disco 1980 (Akira, Le Fonz, and Mr. Bobby), and Chicago Dead Beats open. —Miles Raymer

Price: $6, free before 12:30 AM

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