As I negotiate my way through a post-Fourth tequila and hot dog hangover, I am self-admittedly congratulating myself for embracing summer’s quintessential offerings: artificially-colored ice pops, dips in Cambridge’s public pool and a lighter breed of mixes that bleed some sunshine. The most recent slew of electronic summertime musing have occupied an ambitious balance between provocative freedom and sweaty bliss that makes perfect sense during these hotter months.
It is, afterall, a time to cut loose and get visceral.
This week I’m turning the lights down for Jason Drummond, AKA DJ Spun, a California boy who’s known for his genre-defying rebellion and dedication to homegrown label, Rong Music. Drummond has been a jet-setting DJ with residencies and bookings in the best sounding rooms world wide and production credits all over the industry, including a dual imprint collaboration with DFA Records. But what stands out on his resume is his work as organizer and curator of the MOMA/P.S.1‘s “Warm Up Music Series,” which has been called “NYC’s Best Summertime Party.”
DJ Spun’s recent promo mix is a percussive masterpiece that invokes an imagery-rich summer journey, bouncing from the concrete jungle on a hot night to a tribal ceremony in the Serengeti to a sexy afternoon in a swim-up bar in Ibiza. Around 49 minutes in, sounds start to pop and flow, scratch and explode in a perfect bass-anchored harmony of orchestrated chaos. Immediately after, the groove settles in. The entirety of the mix is a guessing game and a constant stream of transitions from world to world. It is, in a nutshell, something I should stop trying to describe with words and instead let my body follow the auditory braille.
Tonight is a double-dipped delight with DJ Spun taking on the basement at the Good Life for Social Studies, following the First Friday series at the ICA. Stop by for a bit of culture first, to make the rest of the night’s decisions seem more justified. You know you want to.
SOCIAL STUDIES PRESENTS: DJ SPUN
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