Apr 29 – Matthew Dear, Dean Samaras & Hi-Tem
Depending on whom you ask, Matthew Dear is a DJ, a dance-music producer, an experimental pop artist, a bandleader. He co-founded both Ghostly International and its dancefloor offshoot, Spectral Sound. He’s had remixes commissioned by The XX, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Spoon, Hot Chip, The Postal Service, and Chemical Brothers; he’s made mixes for the Fabric mix series and Get Physical’s Body Language. He straddles multiple musical worlds and belongs to none—and he’s just hitting his stride.
Matthew Dear’s 2003 full-length Ghostly debut, Leave Luck to Heaven, is a suite of sparse, wickedly funky house laced with Dear’s deep, distinctive vocals, and includes the much-loved single “Dog Days” (voted one of Pitchfork’s Top 100 Songs of the Decade). The record was met with rapturous acclaim from both the dance-music establishment and the critical press, including a four-star review in Rolling Stone. Dear’s 2007 follow-up, Asa Breed, was a considerable departure from Heaven’s dancefloor excursions, incorporating the polyrhythms of Afrobeat, the irreverent pop sensibilities of Brian Eno, and the austere beauty of Krautrock. More four-stars reviews followed (Q and Mojo magazines), and Dear subsequently began touring with a live three-piece band in which he acted as frontman, commanding the stage with a Bryan Ferry-like swagger and a gentleman’s grace.
His fourth album, 2010’s Black City, was the culmination of years of hard work and experimentation, a darkly playful sound-world that envelops the listener like the arms of a malevolent lover.
His latest album, Beams, was a critical and commercial success. It is both a drastic departure from and worthy successor to Black City’s gothic masterwork. A suite of weird, wild, and queasily optimistic rhythm-driven pop songs, Beams is the latest chapter in the continuing evolution of one of music’s most fascinating minds. After over a decade of exploring pop’s outer limits, Matthew Dear now inhabits a rarified corner of the musical universe: no longer tethered to any one genre, respected by his peers, and blessed with a bottomless well of creative energy. Now is Matthew Dear’s moment, and it sounds like nothing else.
DJing for over 20+ years, Dean Samaras utilizes his lengthy experience to craft technical, creative DJ sets known for musical range. At the top of the San Francisco scene for more than decade, Dean has held long standing residences at award winning Ruby Skye (2003-2011) and the legendary Endup (2004-2015), excelling at the after hours sounds of house and techno.
He has played all over the US as well as internationally in Mexico and South America; bringing a raw, old school style of DJing to the contemporary masses. As a Remixer/Producer Dean’s gravitates towards the late night sounds, evident on his debut techno banger ‘Calling Me’ on D-Formation’s acclaimed label, BeatFreak Group (Spain). Getting back in the studio in 2017, expect some new sounds from Dean this year.
Baghdad born, San Francisco resident, Hi-Tem has been shaking up dancefloors since late 2008. After starting out in San Luis Obispo, CA he eventually teamed up with Late Night Productions to throw a series of underground House & Techno parties throughout the central coast of California. An area which rarely sees touring underground electronic acts Hi-Tem and Late Night Pro were able to host artists such as Worthy, J-Phlip, Ardalan, and Steve Huerta.
Currently, as a member of the Bay Area electronic music community Hi-Tem prides himself on his range of selection. It’s this range which has led him to be booked by various promoters from House focused club nights to late night warehouse after hours. During the summer months Hi-Tem hosts daytime park parties in Oakland with his Lowered Expectations crew. As the newest member of the Sense SF crew you can find Hi-Tem playing his eccentric taste of music all around San Francisco.