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When: Thu., June 11, 11 p.m. 2015

The ongoing global pop-up party known as Boiler Room ( has cataloged several memorable DJ and rap sets during its brief lifetime—Rat King and Migos have each shown up, and there was a Frankie Knuckles tribute at the end of March—but my current favorite is one from 2014 by producer Svengalisghost, aka former Chicagoan Marquis Cooper. Surrounded by chic attendees—some barely moving, others not doing a smidgen more than moving their hips—Cooper jerks from side to side while hovering over his setup as he belts out processed, echoing warbles that barely cut through his nasty mutant techno and acid tracks. The performance took place in a London nightclub, but it easily could’ve gone down at a grungy noise loft—basically meaning that Cooper is punk as fuck. The producer started making tracks as Svengalisghost a few years ago with the intention of playing in front of people instead of sitting in the studio, and three of the tracks from his January EP Russian Torrents 15 (Russian Torrents) come from a live set, though the songs are great even outside the club. “Razors Edge” begins with what sounds like the kick-drum intro from New Order’s “Blue Monday,” but Cooper quickly transforms it into a menacing march that leads to a huge humming synth line that swarms in like a cloud of hornets—though the effect is far more hypnotic. —Leor Galil

Price: $15, $13 before 11 PM, $9 in advance

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