Matthew Dekay could produce the typical boring trance track—replete with rolling drums and synthetic airy breakdowns—but chooses instead to remold the genre by bending it towards electro, minimal techno and progressive house. The Dutch wonderboy cuts grooves that are played the world over by trance gods Sasha and John Digweed, disco-filtered funk madman Erick Morrillo, and overlords of all things proggy, James Holden and Steve Lawler. His versatility in the studio converted The Beastie Boys’ “Intergalactic” into a top dance song in the UK; his reworking of “Can Heaven Wait” by one of the biggest names in soul—Luther Vandross—re-minted what was already a classic. Dekay makes trance much more pleasurable. (Lorenzo de Jesus Martinez)
June 24 at Vision.