Tim Baker is a builder. Laying bricks of percussive, urgent rhythms, slathered with a mortar of acid, his Real Estate and Elephanthaus labels have been erecting his distinctive house and techno constructions for years. While it seems his recent work might’ve slowed down the BPMs and dug deeper into the basement, he never seems to lose the driving momentum of his earlier, harder-edged releases. And with tonight celebrating Elephanthaus’ twelve-year anniversary, longtime fans might hope to hear Mr. Baker’s musical journey include earlier favorites like the delightfully squiggly “Sugarcube,” along with just about every musical pit-stop along I-94, from his original home in Detroit to his decade-plus home here in Chicago. And just in time for Halloween, delightfully apocalyptic live industrial/techno hybrid Kill Memory Crash also performs, with drummer and DJ Gabe Palomo opening. Baker builds it, Kill Memory Crash burns it…sounds good to us! (Duke Shin)
October 29 at Sonotheque, 1444 W. Chicago, 9pm.