Turntablism

Mike Walker

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Rizumu

Sat., Dec. 18, 9pm. $5-$10. With Scan 7, Dissonance + Miko. Metro Lounge, 626 N. Front St. 215.238.1976. www.funkshun.us

In terms of intrigue, there's nothing better than a disguised DJ. After all, who could emerge from the already faceless digital underground in a veil? Such curious turntablists are out there, taking the form of clever performers and social anarchists behind their masks. And where Daft Punk's elaborate getups can seem gimmicky, Detroit's Scan 7 manages to maintain an air of authenticity. A collective whose true identity remains unknown, Scan 7's been marking its territory behind ninja-style masks since Derrick May hatched on the same Detroit scene. With past links to the Underground Resistance imprint, the various members subscribe to an ethos that only the music should be heard. The same body-jacking funk intensity can be found on all their recordings for the labels Elypsia, Tresor, UR and their own Cratesavers as well as their high-tech live PA shows. While the real selling point could be Scan 7's absolute refusal to conform to commercial accessibility, that's just fine by the members. Nothing like a rumor gets people to listen. (Suzann Vogel)


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Donald Glaude

Fri., Dec. 17, 9pm. $15-$20. With Christian James, Mike Newell, Chris Bee, Styx + Razor. Lounge OneTwoFive, 125 S. Second St. 215.351.9026. axxessphilly.com

DJ Donald Glaude not only manages to bring the party--he's the party personified. Dubbed the "James Brown of DJs" by friends, Glaude got his start after fellow aspiring DJ Dan noticed his effervescent stage presence. Punchy breaks and easy-listening techno helped Glaude secure a spot as a member of the Funky Tekno Tribe, but it's the transmissible energy this DJ exudes on four turntables that keeps the crowds coming back. Having released both his seminal albums Mixed Live and Off the Hook on the Moonshine label, the Tacoma, Wash., native's recorded output is prolific enough to satisfy the fans at home. Just a quick listen to either album can affirm the quality of Glaude's music. But uplifting vocals and well-executed breaks represent only a small piece of his talent, so do yourself a favor and take it in live. This is one experience not to be missed. (S.V.)

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