Toronto techno favorite Jake Fairley makes his long-awaited return to Chicago this week. Releasing music since 2000 on labels like Traum, Sender, Border Community and Kompakt Extra, among others, Fairley’s melodic productions are informed by a wide range of musical sensibilities. His catalogue contains everything from funky machine-oriented rhythms, to dubby melodies, to fuzzy electro-inspired synths, to fat bass lines and rock-oriented electronic samples. Fairley will perform his critically acclaimed, energetic live set under his “Fairmont” moniker, which showcases the deeper, sultrier side of his repertoire. Chicago has local promoter Migrashun to thank for this night of many firsts—namely, the first Fairmont live P.A. in Chicago and Migrashun’s first showcase at Smart Bar. Supporting sets from the Migrashun residents will keep the sexy tech-house going all night long, with Mathias Matthew performing solo and Ariel Frank tag-teaming with former Detroiter Derek Fox. For added ambiance, local producer/DJ David Powers will be providing live visuals. (Elly Rifkin)
January 29 at Smart Bar, 3730 N. Clark, (773)549-0203, at 10pm.