Derrick Carter, Mike Huckaby, and Niki Kitz are among the highlights in this program of electronic music at the Fete and the High Noon. Info/tix
Musique Electronique, the electronic music segment of the annual Fete De Marquette, will take over the Moon Stage in McPike Park (formerly Central Park) on Saturday night with world-class DJs from the Midwest and beyond who can nearly guarantee two nights nights of dancing and head-bobbing. As in years past, the event also branches out into two ticketed shows at the High Noon Saloon on Friday and Saturday.
Mike Huckaby, who plays Friday at the High Noon and Saturday at the Fete, is rooted in Detroit's storied electronic-music scene, blending deep house and techno with jazz, though he’s more often heard remixing tracks from across genres. Niki Kitz is from Minneapolis by way of Milwaukee, and will open Friday's show at the High Noon. Her beats are notably reserved and minimalist, and create dreamy, ambient landscapes that show a commanding grasp of texture.
Headlining both the outdoor stage at the Fete and the later show at the High Noon on Saturday is Chicago DJ Derrick Carter, who founded the house label Classic. He’s associated with the second wave of house music in Chicago of the 1990s and early 2000s, which was characterized by its raves and synthesis of hip-hop sounds into the disco influences that had dominated the '80s. Carter outlived all that by maintaining a footing in multiple genres, drawing on elements of jazz and pulling off genre-bending balancing acts like layering flute solos seamlessly over intense house beats, with aggressive, internal-organ thumping bass, samples from a deep knowledge of international music, and eclectic approaches to funk.
Bamboozle, playing Saturday at the Fete, is best known as a member of the Boston DJ duo Soul Clap, who recently released an EP collaboration with vocalist Nona Hendryx (known for her solo career and her work in the R&B trio Labelle). Her vocal style fits impressively over the duo’s electronic neo-funk, even as her voice itself sounds sampled and remixed. Bamboozle can also expertly rip classic rap flows and reconstitute them over house tracks, as seen on his Discogs mix from last year. DJ Geoff K, the owner of the dance-focused record store Jiggy Jamz, represents Madison in an opening set for Carter on Saturday at the High Noon, boasting vinyl scratching chops and a deep knowledge of classic dance music. —Reid Kurkerewicz