Over the years, Giant Step, the music, marketing, and media company, came to define what was cool, urban, and forward thinking in New York clubland. It kicks off its month-long 15th anniversary celebration with Brit DJ Gilles Peterson, whose eclectic style almost defines Giant Step‘s m.o. Peterson reaches into the past for unknown gems while always looking for what’s next. He’s helped to break artists like Roni Size, jump-started the acid jazz and trip-hop movements, and at the same time championed world music, funk, and soul from the ’60s and ’70s. His latest mix, The BBC Sessions, features tracks from the Roots, N.E.R.D., Bj and Matthew Herbert. The night features an all-star jam (including several artists from the mix), including the Robert Glasper Trio, with performances by Bilal, Dwele, Heavy, Jazmine Sullivan, Steve Reid, and Amp Fiddler. Tue @ 9, Canal Room, 285 W Bway, 212-941-8100
Richie Hawtin was dedicated to minimal techno and the German sound long before Berlin was cool and the term “micro house” was invented. Hawtin’s follow-up to DE9: Closer to the Edit, DE9: Transitions, is just as good and utilizes a similar re-editing and remixing process that deftly customizes tracks from Maurizio, Ricardo Villalobos, and Hawtin’s own Plastikman into something new. With Lee Burridge. Fri @ 10, Spirit, 530 W 27th, 212-268-9477
When drum’n’bass was at its peak, the biggest DJ in the U.S. wasn’t a Brit like Grooverider or Andy C but Philly’s Dieselboy. His airtight mixing style makes him a crowd pleaser on the dancefloor and on record: He’s sold over 400,000 mix CDs, an astonishing amount. He spins at Direct Drive with DJ Seoul, Infuze & Prophet, DJ Force, Proper, Kaya, and Sibsonian.
Sat@ 10, Rothko, 116 Suffolk, 212-475-7088
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on September 27, 2005