Roni Size and Goldie might have gotten the critical accolades; Grooverider might have inspired fear and awe in the hearts of junglists; but it's Aphrodite, King of the Beats, who really brought drum'n'bass to the masses with his poppy crossover, hip-hop-lit jungle. Mock if you may, but his hits from Aphrodite/Urban Takeover, like "Dub Moods," were just as effective at tearing up a dancefloor as any of the more respected dark stuff. If he was a Top 40 producer, he'd be a millionaire, he's got so many hooks up in the crook. Saturday @ 10, Rare, 416 W 14th, 212.613.0900
LIFEbeat!, the music industry's AIDS fundraising organization, has a new charity album, Keep Hope Alive, that's chock-full of tracks from house legends like Ultra Nate, Joi Cardwell, and Byron Stingilyall produced by Blaze (Kevin Hedge of Shelter fame). House jock Tony Humphries spins at the CD release party, as does Hedge and Jeffrey Allen. Some of the records' artists are expected to turn up too, lucky you. Thursday @ 11, Discothéque, 17 W 19th, 212.352.9999
This new semi-regular party in a space way downtown (don't believe me and Gawker.com, as we both apparently don't know how to read addresses or maps) puts special emphasis on the electro that didn't get all trendy during the fashionable ELECTROCLASH craze (i.e., the real stuff). Ed DMX returns this time for a live p.a., DMX Krew set. Plus, Sonic Groove's Adam X digs into his impressive and extensive back catalogue for electronic classics, which should make some of us feel really old, and Cowboy Mark plays whatever the heck he feels like. Saturday @ 10, The Music Gallery, 49 Ann, no phone
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