DJ Spun, John Simmons, Samone | Smart Bar | Dance | Chicago Reader
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DJ Spun, John Simmons, Samone 

When: Sat., Dec. 26, 10 p.m. 2015
Price: $17, $15 before midnight, $12 in advance
Before DJ Spun helmed disco and house tracks in NYC, he cut his teeth playing punk in San Jose. Punk and disco are often diametrically opposed, but Spun sees logical connections between them, which he summarized in a 2008 interview with journalist Andy Beta (“By the mid-80s, being into disco was as anti-establishment as you could get”). A couple years later he teamed with producer Liv Spencer to edit James Chance & the Contortions’ “Incorrigible,” teasing an irresistible groove out of the shrieks and hard angles from the no-wave master. DJ Spun’s punk spirit continues to hover on his tracks. The never-ending “Forever,” off last year’s Stilovespunedits (Stilove4music), moves at a Kraftwerkian pace while its grimy percussion hits hard. The song should feel familiar to anyone who’s spent a good deal of time rummaging through early, crudely recorded house tracks, and it just might convert punks who are less interested in slamming bodies than in boogying.
— Leor Galil



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