Galcher Lustwerk, DJ Richard, Young Male Recommended Soundboard Image

When: Sat., Jan. 9, 10 p.m. 2016

DJ Richard’s Berlin apartment was burglarized in September 2014, and among the items taken from the home of the Rhode Island native was a computer backup that contained a nearly completed album. He did, however, manage to find a thumb drive containing his ominous ambient tune “Ejected,” which eventually became the penultimate track on this year’s Grind (Dial). The adventurous LP collects tracks that bleed into one another but sound almost radically different once you’re fully immersed in each. It’s enough to confuse Apple Music—some of Grind’s tracks are ID’d as Experimental/IDM, while others are house—and Beatport filed half of the album under the ever-ambiguous “electronica.” Grind is more about atmosphere than genre, as bits of house, noise, and ambient techno emerge from the humming, foggy synths and disappear without a trace. DJ Richard’s trance-inducing abilities are on display during the colorful percussive patchwork of “Bane”—which can propel people into a dancing stupor—as well as on tracks in where he shows off his penchant for minimalism. The eight-minute “Vampire Dub” pulses with a resounding four-on-the-floor beat, but its twinkling, cosmic synths are the real magnet.

Leor Galil

Price: $16, $13 before midnight, $10 in advance

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