After a hectic week of partying and ringing in the New Year, most folks probably want to relax. The best chill-out night in town turns two: Grab a cup of java and massage your brain cells (or what’s left of them) at the Second Anniversary Undercity party at Halcyon. No out-of-towners, just the stellar locals who fiddle with decks and effects from 3 in the afternoon till “late.” With Mercy_killaH&Hazmaat, BPM0, Klevervice, Clark ov Saturn, DJ Spinoza, Sean Smith, Sheldon Drake, and Instruction Shuttle presenting all manner of ambient, experimental, and minimal techno. Sunday @ 3, Halcyon, 227 Smith, Carroll Gardens, Bklyn, 718-260-9299.
For deep, soothing house, Left Coast style, venture to Plant and relax to the sounds of recent New York transplant John Howard, whose sunny, upbeat attitude matches his music to a T. Howard fills in for DJ Ilana at the weekly Spore; her exquisite skills and musical selection have been packing the place as of late. Should be a welcome respite from testosterone-addled DJs who believe that harder and faster is better. Saturday @ 10, Plant Bar, 217 E 3rd, 375-9066.
Ease your way into a more lively evening with the help of a few good ladies. The Dumboluna crew hosts Nebula–a night featuring women on the decks and female artistry. Drum’n’bass DJ Empress shares the stage at the gargantuan DUMBO warehouse with Reid Speed, playing a rare hard house/techno set, and Sara Walker, a/k/a Doomer, offering up some breaks and jungle. Also appearing: all-femme Afrobeat band, Femm Nameless, the B-girl crew, the Syrenz, and Lady J spinning classic hip-hop. Benefits women refugees in Afghanistan. Saturday @ 10, Lunatarium, 10 Jay, DUMBO, Bklyn, 917-421-3902, ext. 4286.