When: Fri., Feb. 5, 10 p.m. 2016
LA producer and DJ Wes James, aka Le Youth, has a thing for 90s house and R&B, but his affection for a bygone era never gets in the way of his ability to craft songs that feel alive. He’s put out only a handful of singles over the past few years—three of which have been packaged as EPs that feature remixes of the title track—but each glistening number is a capsule of dance-floor pop euphoria. Last year’s Real (Sign of the Times) should sound familiar to anyone whose radio was stuck on a Top 40 station in the 90s, though the album is broadcast through a different prism. The pristine, monochromatic piano melody on “Real” melds with taut, nimble, and almost inaudible percussion and vocal samples that melt and morph as the track progresses. It’s anchored by 90s house touches but propelled by contemporary pop, and it circles a theme that draws together divergent time lines and so many other voices in modern music: love.