The best EDM in Denver this weekend
SLOW HANDS @ NORAD | SAT, 5/11/13
There are plenty of DJs out there who are skilled at crafting upbeat dance sets to high-tempo music -- after all, it's easy to keep the dance floor moving when you keep the beats-per-minute at a fast-paced 160-180. Even dubstep only slows the tempo to around 140 BPM. It takes a true expert of pacing and timing -- someone with an ear for funky grooves and an ability to weave them together -- to create a soulful, hip-shaking, foot-stomping set that stays at the lower end of the electronica tempo spectrum (100 to 110 BPM).
One such expert is Slow Hands, who honed his tastes in New York City's underground house scene, becoming one of the city's favorites to spin the sun up with his bright, sultry slow-house selections and live-PA skills. He keeps the sass and essential flavor of house music, slowing things down just enough to smooth over any rough edges. He'll be showing his abilities off at NORAD this Saturday, May 11, with special guest Little Mike. (9 p.m., 21+, $10 and up)
LTJ BUKEM @ CASSELMAN'S BAR & VENUE | SAT, 5/11/13
Call it smooth, intricate, complex, jazz-influenced, even masterful, but do not call the drum-and-bass of LTJ Bukem "intelligent." Bukem has rejected the label on the grounds that it implies that other artists aren't intelligent, which is eminently decent of the guy. The thing is, it is intelligent. Layered and deep, his music abandons the harsh sci-fi futuristics of most jungle for a melodic, soulful sound that's obviously the work of a sharp mind and clever ear. Bukem's productions and his stable of artists on Looking Good and Good Looking Records have produced some of the most consistently listenable tunes to emerge from the genre, without sacrificing intensity or devolving into down-tempo/lounge territory. He's also released a number of consistently strong DJ mixes highlighting the artists who have followed in his wake, helping to push the evolution of the style forward. (8 p.m., 18+, $15) -- Cory Casciato
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