SBTRKT | Bottom Lounge | Dance | Chicago Reader

SBTRKT 17+ Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Recommended

When: Fri., Nov. 4, 10 p.m. 2011

Dance music has a long history of attracting artists who prefer anonymity—or as close as they can get to it—but SBTRKT is an extreme case. The South London producer tried to keep his identity a secret for a while and won't discuss his real name, which is believed to be Aaron Jerome; he continues to hide behind masks (made in the image of ceremonial masks worn by indigenous peoples) and guest vocalists. But the lack of a sellable face or backstory doesn't appear to have hindered his appeal. Over the past couple years the funky, syncopated beats and icy-but-organic atmospheres of tracks like "Soundboy Shift" have earned him a lot of attention in the dance-music scene; his recent self-titled debut full-length (released by Young Turks) adds massive hooks that point toward an equally massive potential for mainstream crossover. He's already made a megafan of Drake, who recorded his own vocal part for the single "Wildfire" (first sung by Little Dragon's Yukimi Nagano) and who currently has more influence over pop trends than anyone else on the planet. —Miles Raymer

Price: $15

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