Canadian beatmaker Ghislain Poirier offers music to suit many tastes, but whatever he touches ends up with overflowing bass and plenty of bounce in the rhythm. Hailing from the musical incubator known as Montreal, he first popped up on Chicago’s Chocolate Industries and grabbed attention with remixes for Diverse and Lady Sovereign, but these days it’s his original compositions that are getting the remix treatment from the likes of Modeselektor and We Are Wolves. On “No Ground Under,” his recent release on the venerated Ninja Tune imprint, Poirier configures stomping drums and swarming bass into hip-hop, reggae, baile funk, dubstep and occasionally less classifiable arrangements while collaborating with an international array of MCs. He brings this same borderless range of influences to his DJ sets, which are likely to include just about anything with too much low end and a propensity for inducing ass-shaking. Subterranean’s sound system is in for a workout. (Noah Levine)
Ghislain Poirier joins Murderbot, DJ C and resident Zebo at Subterranean, 2011 West North, (773)278-6799 on March 8, 10pm-3am. $5.