Two giants in the New York rap scene will be spinning sets at CiRCA this Friday as part of Sneaker Pimps. Although G-Unit DJ DJ Whoo Kid has been dominating the East coast mix tape game these past few years, this night belongs to legendary producer DJ Premier. In addition to his work as one half of Gangstarr, Primo shaped the sound of 1990s New York gangsta rap by lacing tracks for Nas, Biggie, and Jay-Z. When he’s not supplying Christina Aguilera with horn inflected beats, Primo continues to work with up and coming rappers like Termanology.
For people who find drum and bass too clean, Breakcore Elimination 3 is the event for you. This genre has produced a semi-star in Winnipeg’s Venetian Snares but is also dealing with the controversy of whether it’s too diverse to constitute the label “breakcore.” Ponder the existential nature of music labels and get your dance on this Saturday at Concorde Cafe.
There’s something ironic about having to wait in line outside on a windy night to get into an event celebrating Mardi Gras, but that will be the scene outside Guvernment on Saturday night. The massive party will feature sets from England’s D. Ramirez and local favourites Sydney Blu, Manzone & Strong, and others. Shake your rump before those ashes have to go on.
Full listings below.
Thursday, January 31
Rockit @ Andy Poolhall with Circle Research. No cover.
Connected Thursdays @ Hotel Boutique with Carlo Lio and Nathan Barato.
Friday, February 1
Kaskade @ Footwork with Vinyl Junkies and Baby Joel. $20 before 1 a.m.
RTRD’D #3 @ Chelsea Room. $2.
Superfriends: The Real Frequency Anniversary Party @ The Sound Academy with Kardinal Offishall, Black Milk, Tona, and JD Era. $10.
Ukula @ Andy Poolhall.
Classified @ Opera House with Shad, Chad Hatcher, DJ IV, J-Bru, and Mike Boyd. $15.
Feel Fridays: The Mash-Up Edition @ Guvernment with 4 Korners, Max B, Grandmaster Glew, R2, and Bowza.
Sub-Cultured @ Mod Club with Adam K and Addy.
Randomland presents Sneaker Pimps @ CiRCA. Main Room: DJ Premier, DJ Whoo Kid, New Kicks DJs, and Your Boy Bri; Mirror Ballroom: Thomas Von Party and Les Petits Pilous; SKYY Cinema: T-Wrecks, Grahmzilla, and Dougie Boom; Bathroom Bar: Matt Sims, Vaneska, and ViVi Diamond. $20.
Starkillers @ This is London with Austin Leeds and Manzone & Strong.
Saturday, February 2
Max Graham @ Footwork with Jon Jon and Steve Mack. $20 before 1 a.m.
Goin’ Steady @ The Boat. $5.
Ladies First @ Tiger Bar. $3.
Never Forgive Action @ The Drake Underground with DJ Serious, Numeric, and DJ Dalia. $5.
Yo! Remember the ’90s? @ Teranga with DJ Dylan McKay, Dale Cooper, and Uncle Phil. $5.
Swagger Blaster! @ Blak with DJ Drastik, DJ Tasc, T-Wrecks, Techtwelve, and DJ Caff. $5 before 12, $10 after.
Shake a Tail @ Clintons. $5.
Brazilian Carnival Fever 2008 @ Gladstone Ballroom with DJ V, Grupo Simpatia, Batucada Carioca, and Rio Samba Divas. $20.
Breakcore Elimination 3 @ Concorde Cafe with robotpilot, Hinder, TalixZen, Jubal Brown, Psyklone, Cauterwall, and The First Seed. $5.
Dirty Vegas @ CiRCA with Doman and Pettigrew. Mirror Ballroom: Jedi; SKYY Cinema: Joe Ghost, Mark Vidovik, and Mike Toste; Washroom Bar: Red Circle DJs and Jason Myles.
Mardi Gras @ Guvernment with Mark Oliver. The Drink: D. Ramirez, Manzone & Strong, and The Roaches (Nathan Barato and Carlo Lio; D’Luxe Lounge: 4 Korners; The Orange Room: Aristotle; The Gallery: Deko-ze, Vinyl Junkies, and Sydney Blu; Acid Lounge: Jay Force.
Sunday, February 3
Go Loco Sundays @ The New Basement with DJ Rudee, Paranoid Jack, Flipside, Mute & Laki, and more.
Edge 102.1 Live to Air @ Velvet Underground with Martin Streek.
Thunderpussy @ Bovine Sex Club with ViVi Diamond and Guy Michael.
Monday, February 4
Numero and Femme @ The Social with Vaneska. $7.
Manic Mondays! @ Dance Cave with DJ Shannon. No cover.
Make it Mondays @ Raq n’ Waq with Viper Crew. No cover.
Tuesday, February 5
Footwork Tuesdays @ Andy Poolhall with DJ Fase. No cover.
Totally Wired Tuesdays @ Embassy with DJ Richie Volume.
Wednesday, February 6
Remix This! @ Andy Poolhall with Mario J. No cover.
Hump Day Bump @ Gladstone Melody Bar with Will Munro and Fierce Helder. No cover.
Flop House Wednesdays @ TOI Bar with Alicia Hush. No cover.
Photo by Trendwhore.