A member of seminal nineties techno phenoms Underworld, Darren Emerson flies solo these days. Since leaving the band in 2000 (after seeing it through musical highpoints such as “A Hundred Days Off,” “Dubnobasswithmyheadman,” “Everything” and “Beaucoup Fish,” to name only a few), Emerson pursued endeavors that have taken him well beyond “Born Slippy,” the group’s contribution to the “Trainspotting” soundtrack. He has been running his club and record label under the name Underwater, in addition to producing epic dance music. Most notably, his albums “GU: Singapore” and “Episode 1” have scored big in clubworld, but arguably, anticipation for his upcoming album has been generating the biggest buzz—and has had him conspicuously absent. However, Emerson has managed to squeeze in two stateside appearances this year, and Chicago’s Spy Bar was lucky enough to snag one of those slots. As a matter of fact, this Friday constitutes his first Chicago appearance in four years, and holds no promise of repeating itself any sooner. (Brad Knutson)
Darren Emerson performs, with John Curley at Future Sound Fridays at Spy Bar, 646 North Franklin, (312)587-8779 on July 7 at 10pm-4am. $10 presale, $20 at the door, $10 before 11pm with rsvp to purefuture.com.