DJ C, Mega Mike, Boogymon, Sam Gray | Smart Bar | Dance | Chicago Reader
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DJ C, Mega Mike, Boogymon, Sam Gray Free The List (Music) Soundboard

When: Thu., June 9, 10 p.m. 2011
Price: Free
It's hard to call an album "fun" without seeming like you're damning it with faint praise, and artists rarely talk about setting out to provide an enjoyably low-key, pleasant listening experience. All the same, those are the qualities I really like about DJ C's new album, Umami (released by local blog-and-label Mashit). Recent trends in dance music have focused on extremes—neck-snapping rhythmic twist-ups, Adderall-level tempos—but as exciting as that sort of thing can be, it's also really exhausting. (Try composing a coherent e-mail while listening to a 160 BPM cumbia track without having a panic attack.) DJ C's spin on dance music is innovative without being quite as in-your-face; his blend of dubstep, tropicalia, and electro-pop is clever and sounds futuristic, but he's not trying too hard to impress you with it. The message I get from "In This Dub"—which reimagines Usher's hit "Love in This Club" as a chiptune-dubstep hybrid, complete with a sample of Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone"—boils down to "stop overthinking shit and go jump up and down on that couch over there." —Miles Raymer



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