After four years at the late Baktun, drum’n’bass weekly Direct Drive has made a smooth transition to a new home on the Lower East Side. This week’s main draw, local trio Mathematics (represented on the decks by two of its members, Roy Dank and Blueline), is the most successful American drum’n’bass act thus far, picking up accolades from the hard-to-please British press and the U.K. d’n’b Mafia. Their records—smooth, soulful affairs with bite—appear on prestigious labels like Good Looking, Guidance, Hospital, and Renegade, and are getting “caned” by big-name DJs like Bryan Gee and LTJ Bukem. Also spinning are Doomer, Seen & Still, and Blue Water. Saturday @ 10, 169 Bar, 169 E Bway, 212-473-8866.
Considering the extent of their discography, the NYC duo Mateo & Matos have managed to keep a relatively chill profile. A free appearance at a Brooklyn coffeehouse (albeit an infamous one with a killer sound system) is right in line with their low-key image. M & M were inspired by Tony Humphries and Larry Levan in the late ’70s and early ’80s. They started their careers in the mid ’80s and since then have recorded for nearly every NYC indie label. Their latest tunes reflect a mix of styles—with the titles almost saying it all. “Congo Deep,” “Hisa Jazz,” and “Mas Alto”—all feature jazz, African, and Latin influences. Saturday @ 9, Halcyon, 227 Smith, Bklyn, 718-260-WAXY.
The world’s weirdest label, Warp, hosts a double bill with its artists Mira Calix and Chris Clark. The latter sounds like Squarepusher gone haywire; the former is more spooky than shocking—she begins her new album with an abrupt, odd noise before a pretty piano takes over. Guaranteed to be more interesting than your run-of-the-mill night out at a dance club. Sunday @ 9, Knitting Factory, 74 Leonard, 212-219-3006.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 8, 2003