New Order, Power Corruption & Lies (Qwest, 1983)
"You know what it was in that record? The bass! The way the bass popped changed the nature of dance music, in my opinion. I can still hear it today. A lot of the good dance music today sounds to me like New Order."
Fri., Feb. 11, 10pm. $5. With Trouble Everyday. Silk City, Fifth and Spring Garden sts. 215.592.8838. www.silkcitylounge.com
Kenny Sherr-Lancaster native, Whole Foods aficionado and all-around positive dude-and his friends started a bike gang a couple years ago. But the gang, called And Dim Sum, didn't do as much bike riding as it did party throwing. For the past year or so the Dim Sum crew has spent more time playing records than terrorizing the neighborhoods. Friday they bring Hollertronix DJ Mike "Low Budget" McGuire to Silk City. Since McGuire and his Hollertronix cohort Wes Gully have more or less taken over the universe with their sublime mix of Dirty South, '80s classics and new crunk-ish hip-hop, it's become increasingly difficult to hear Low Budget spin in an intimate setting. "Basically I'm gonna be rockin' a little Hollertronix style along with some exclusive Low Budget remixes and blends," says McGuire. That translates into a booty-shaking, sweat-making, alcohol-fueled partying good time. (Julie Gerstein)
>>DRUM 'N' BASS
Got Love? A Pre-Valentine's Day Massive
Fri., Feb. 11, 9pm. $15. Transit, Sixth and Spring Garden sts. 215.701.7138. www.transitnightclub.com
Heavy hitters Baby Anne, Reid Speed and Jen Lasher headline this all-female set with Philly's own Monica Sharp and Zara opening. DJ Baby Anne, best known as one of the preeminent mixers of the '90s (on par with Alice Deejay and Debbie Deb), is touring with her new album Mixtress. Dubbed "The Bass Queen," Baby Anne gets the kiddies dancing with her trademark melding of breakbeat and Miami Bass. Expect DJ Reid Speed to spin the eclectic combination of drum 'n' bass, two-step and dark house, which has put her on the map of the bicoastal dance scene. Last but certainly not least is "breakbeatnik" favorite Lasher of the Washington, D.C., DJ collective Object Oriented Bliss. If you aren't at Transit this Friday getting your preholiday booty shake on, then it'll probably be a very lonely Valentine's Day for you indeed. (Emily Brochin)