Seth Troxler, Duke Shin | Smart Bar | Dance | Chicago Reader

Seth Troxler, Duke Shin Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Recommended Critics' Picks

When: Fri., Feb. 5, 10 p.m. 2010

An economically depressed small town floating in a sea of southern Michigan farmland, Kalamazoo doesn't seem like the type of place where a dance-music scene could really thrive. But its plentiful empty factory space and its location—halfway between Detroit and Chicago on I-94—helped it sustain a respectable reputation for raves during the late 90s. Though now based in Berlin, 24-year-old Seth Troxler was born in Kalamazoo and grew up there and in suburban Detroit; he started listening to house music at age seven, and his stepfather was part of a well-known local DJ crew. Troxler's upcoming entry in Bpitch Control's Boogybytes mix series is rooted solidly in Michigan-born techno—specifically the type of chilly, restrained, minimalist funk that Detroit's had on lock for decades—and though that might seem like a narrow focus, he pursues his love for those sounds into lots of strange corners. Standout bits include the twitchy robot groove of "The Connie Shake" by Matthew Dear's project Jabberjaw, Richie Hawtin's skittery, blipped-out remix of Spektrum's "Freakbox," and a version of "Party Guilt" by the Royal We (Troxler, fellow Michigan-to-Berlin transplant Shaun Reeves, and Mexican expat Hector) that centers on a sparse synth figure and a sardonically funny dialogue between a man and a woman—the two of them together represent several dozen club cliches ("Can I have a drink? / Can I have a cigarette? / Can I have guest list? / Can I come back there?"). —Miles Raymer

Price: $15, $10 in advance and before midnight

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