Discwoman with Jayda G, Umfang, and CL | Smart Bar | Dance | Chicago Reader
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Farah Nosh

Discwoman with Jayda G, Umfang, and CL Recommended Soundboard

When: Sat., May 7, 10 p.m. 2016
Price: $12 Advance, $14 Before Midnight, $16 After
Discwoman isn’t just a DJ collective. Its aim is to further the profile of women, transwomen, and nonbinary-gender artists in electronic music. That’s a necessary endeavor: according to a TED analysis by DJ and producer Dani Deahl, women produce just 9 percent of EDM today. And what began as a showcase of female DJs at Bushwick nightclub Bossa Nova Civic Club has now become a full-fledged event-and-book-production collective, with dozens of musicians now performing at Discwoman nights all over the country. Tonight Discwoman founder Umfang (also known as Emma Burgess-Olson) spins her provocative, minimal beats. It’s intelligent music that’s direct in its production—kick drums are staccato and melodies are bare, and together they thrive on the sensuality of the dance floor. Her last release, 2015’s Ok (1080p), is a moody piece recalling barely lit Brooklyn DIY venues with winding, smoky hallways. The bill’s lineup of women DJs—which also includes Jayda G and CL—highlights the diversity of talent in electronic music.
— Meagan Fredette

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