Juan Atkins, Kimyon, Sevron | Smart Bar | Dance | Chicago Reader

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When: Fri., Jan. 6, 10 p.m. 2017

Along with Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson, Juan Atkins created techno music. Some might associate “techno” with shitty nightclubs, health-goth clothing, the Crystal Method, the Internet in the mid-1990s, or anything else modified into a cliche by the engines of capitalism, but when engineered by Atkins and company it’s closer to a combination of Sun Ra, Parliament-Funkadelic, and Kraftwerk—or Afrocentric computerized dance music beamed in from outer space. As Model 500, Atkins produces galactic booty-bass tracks that demonstrate how losing yourself in motion and thought are similar pursuits, which explains why ravers and club kids choose to take drugs during DJ sets: because euphoria requires physical and intellectual stimulation, duh! Still, Atkins’s output is equally preoccupied with space and texture as it is with movement. On last year’s Borderland: Transport (Tresor), a collaboration with dub-techno pioneer Moritz von Oswald, Atkins stretches synth lines out into slow-burning flames, underpinned by head-shaking beats that create an intriguing tension between ambient music and surefire dance-floor material.

Tal Rosenberg

Price: $20, $15 in advance

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