Icee Hot’s Two Year Birthday!!

Icee Hot will be two years of age on Saturday, January 28th and they’ve been so nice as to celebrate it with us at Public Works. In that short two-year span they have brought in 47 guests, 26 of whom had never played in San Francisco before. Not three bad huh, or two bad, years that is, huh? This time around the guests are also new to SF, and they are Mosca and Altered Natives, two U.K. acts who are disregarding the boundaries between styles and pushing dance music forward.

Mosca (pictured) has thrown out genre-defying and dance floor destroying cuts on several labels, swerving between UK and US garage, house, dubstep and r&b with seeming ease. His Square One EP on Night Slugs in 2010 announced his arrival and was followed by his staggering remix of T Williams and Terri Walker’s “Heartbeat,” a lover’s garage anthem if there was ever such a genre; simply a beautiful track. This year he has released EPs on Martyn’s 3024 label and the Glasgow-based Numbers imprint. Like many post-dubstep, UK garage artists, the progress in his work is astonishing as musical styles from past and present get thrown into the spin cycle and new forms and rhythms are rinsed out the other side.

Altered Natives is the work of one man, namely Danny Yorke, who creates deep, drifting, and driving house mutations that are replete with the funk and come with plenty of raw, funky drums attached. Check out his Tenement Yard series on Eye4Eye Recordings, “Rass Out” from 2010 and the “The Bitch” EP on 3024 for evidence of what the man can do. His sound is rough, funky and percussive, but still with a good measure of non-saccharine soul.

Like Mosca he mashes different genres together to create new hybrids that have optimum dance floor effect. In many ways the sound is the next phase for house, back tracking to pick up the residue of solid US garage left behind in the wake of the schmooved-out schmaltz of the jazzy late ’90s and further forgotten by the German drive towards functional, sonic austerity. This is then coupled with elements from dubstep, UK garage and dancehall, among many other styles and influences. A British street interpretation of house, and how it was always mutated on that island, with a nod to the floor, a nod to the grand cities that birthed it and a nod to the UK streets that quickly absorbed it, then threw it back at the US with new bits added.

The 28th should be a night of jaw-dropping newness filtered through significant amounts of bass, and beats that roll and skip. Be there so you can swerve on the floor at the Works, and in the sage words of Altern 8, “Watch yer bassbins, I’m tellin’ ya.”

Chris Orr