My take: Rhines is a Seattle underground dance music treasure. A transplant from Southern California, where he worked until a few years back with the Ninja Skillz crew and at Simply Jeff’s DJ Culture record store in LA, Rhines (aka SPON.10.80 when he produces tracks) helped found Seattle’s highly respected Innerflight crew with Kadeejah Streets and J-Sun, along with the Flight Deck podcast and Innerflight Music record label. He’s made his primary performance home at Innerflight’s programmatically diverse monthly DROP parties, with Kadeejah, J-Sun and co-residents Manos, Audrey Horne and Night Train, as well as at a number of other events. Innerflight’s DROP party recently re-located from their former home at the LoFi Performance Space to second Saturdays at the Electric Tea Garden, and will be hosting west coast rave legend Jëno from SF’s Wicked crew this weekend, by the way.
Chiiiiiild…it’s been a weekend already, and we haven’t even hit the Easter festivities or Flammable or Honey Soundsystem yet (tonight–see below). Green Velvet banging out tracks with live lyrics at Q, Atish smiling and dancing around ETG while delivering deep house, the Train Car Party with DJ Diz going off Chicago-style, Jake Shears bringing an actually credible tech-house DJ set to Rapture, and Two Dudes in Love helping bucket & Zak celebrate conjoined bachelorette/birthday parties last night at the Eagle. I’mma try to make it to see Riz Rollins this afternoon for his special Easter Bonnet edition of REVIVAL at Q, and perhaps Flam tonight if I can revive my limbs from the dead…
But in the meantime, chill to this mix from local Seattle treasure Karl Kamakahi. Karl is known for his bomb-dropping beats as part of the Flammable, De La Creme, Proper, Front Street and Conception crews here in town, but this sweet downtempo/acid jazz mix he crafted with Seattle’s Gene Lee is one of the best chill sets I’ve heard since the days of DJ Funky Nasir’s Spice @ Moe’s in the early 90s. It’s been on constant repeat in our car for months. Perfect for a sunny Sunday afternoon–and a free download.
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And if you’re reading this from San Francisco, come out to see Bottom Forty’s own Nark at Honey Soundsystem at Holy Cow tonight! I heard something about a party bus…
A quick, not all-inclusive preview of what looks to be a gonzo weekend in Seattle. We’ve got visiting Chicago legends, Burning Man all-stars, queer west coast bitch house & techno upstarts at leather bars, pop stars turned DJs, parties in warehouses and on train cars…and that doesn’t even include the big downtown venues or most of our fabulously talented local resident DJ nights, or Flammable’s guest whom I don’t even know yet. Really Seattle? What are you trying to do to me? Really?
Seattle nightlife gets sold short at times, but there’s an underground buffet of sound waiting for those who go out. Tonight (Wednesday, March 13th), I spent some time at two of our deepest haunts, Q for “Shelter” with San Proper (Perlon/Rush Hour), Tyler Morrison and DJ Trench, and at Electric Tea Garden for “Passage” with Jaymz Nylon (Nylon Trax, Brooklyn NY) and Joey Web (Housemen, SF). Here’s what I heard.