John Larner: Surviving House
Plus: Phantom 45, JT Donaldson return
every show, someone wants to hear tracks from the rave days,” says Larner, who
now sets up shop in
For that reason, he says, the older cuts fit in just fine. Larner has made an easy transition in bridging the classic, soul-based vibe of older house tracks with the chunkier bump of the new-school sound. By fusing elements of jazz and high-octane base, Larner’s sets set floors off.
been a while since I’ve played in
The gritty charm of Three’s DJ-driven digs will provide a hard backdrop to Larner’s often gritty sets, which manage to strike a balance between fracture and fluidity. Some of his production work has echoed what some call the “fidget” sound—although Larner says the style is running its course.
remix I did for Greenskeepers (Abracadabra) last year had the ‘fidget’ sound
for sure,” he says. “I'd just gotten back from
John Larner gets So Fresh! at Three
keep doing shows because no matter how long I’ve been doing this, I still
enjoying playing,” says Phantom 45, who also he
“I play a mix of old and new tracks, but lately I’ve been doing all old-school mixes,” he says. “People seem to enjoy the oldies from the rave days.”
Expect a mix of top-notch jungle, DnB and breakbeats from one of its original innovators.
Phantom 45 appears Thursday, June 12, at Three (722 N. Milwaukee St.) for Konkrete Jungle. Opening sets by Kruser, Bishop and Megz. Music 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. No cover charge.
Digging Deeper: Hugely influential in the first wave of new-school house, JT Donaldson emerged as part of the original “Texas sound” in 2003. Some five years later, Donaldson has morphed into a more forward-looking, deep house DJ. While fellow Texas new-schoolers went elsewhere—Lance De Sardi swam toward electro, Brett Johnson took on techno and DeMarkus Lewis simply backed away—Donaldson took it deep. Today, he has emerged as a skilled crossover producer and selector, effortlessly bridging the worlds of soul and new school.
Friday, June 13, at Red Light (1758 N. Water St.). Milwaukee’s Marcus Aurelius (Organized Crime) opens the show. Music 10 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Cover charge: $5 all night.