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Those people who believe in creative visualization (“Die, drum’n’bass, die!!”) may have contributed to drum’n’bass’s demise in New York City. The scene, which once boasted a party almost every night of the week, is now looking mighty anorexic thanks to the folks who fled for 2step, and who just plain fled the increasingly dour d’n’b masses. But the latest concoction from the Direct Drive crew might bring things back to life, at least temporarily. Nicky Black Market—one of the most influential tastemakers over in the U.K.—headlines this gargantuan party, with the raspy-voxed MC Foxy on the mic; he shares the bill with Total Science and Digital, both of whom brought back the old-school rave-ups back to the humorless d’n’b scene last year. And DJ Lee of Metalheadz, the DJ’s DJ, will undoubtedly show the rest of the crop how it’s done proper. With MC Rage, and locals, the Kimchee-Cornbread Connection, Burner Brothers, and Mercy Killah, plus Reid Speed, Doomer, Swingsett, SML, and DJ Still rocking the now mandatory 2step/breaks room. Thursday at 10, Limelight, 660 Sixth Ave, 807-7780.

After a Giuliani-imposed hiatus, Baktun is back in action with a fancy new cabaret license, and while the small space can’t take in all the Twilo refugees, it has been key to bringing good music back to the fold. Case in point: Tony Humphries, Jersey house legend, has chosen the club to be his the weekly home for his Nuttz party. Weekly!! Tony Humphries! And to think, Little Louie Vega’s weekly Dance Ritual is the next night at Centro-Fly. New Yorkers are truly a spoiled lot. Tuesdays at 10, Baktun, 418 W 14th, 206-1590.

If you still don’t know how spoiled rotten you are, then maybe a scintillating set from Detroit techno founder Kevin Saunderson at Touch might change your mind. Though Saunderson and his Detroit buddies have a reputation for being, uh, a little flaky when it comes to making gigs, they have never let anyone down once they show up—demonstrating for the crowd how techno can and should have some soul. Friday at 11, Shine, 285 W Broadway, at Canal, 941-0900.


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