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When: Wed., Sept. 4, 9 p.m. 2013
Price: $12, $20
The UK producer Zomby is often described as an enigma — not just because he wears a mask (usually of Guy Fawkes) but also because of his disparate beats, which chaotically mix electronic genres. When Zomby started releasing tracks in 2008, he was quickly labeled post-dubstep in the vein of artists such as James Blake and Mount Kimbie, but his recent efforts have proven difficult to pigeonhole. His new double album, With Love, has received mixed reviews for its reckless rhythms, which are dense and jarring. The tracks traverse old-school rave genres such as jungle, garage, and grime, as well as newer styles of hip-hop, trap, and bass. They’re not always coherent, but they have a sinister, emotional quality that makes them worth examining. His live sets are equally strange: Zomby is notorious for being late and incessantly smoking spliffs without ever removing his mask. But if you’re willing to spend a late night at Public Works (161 Erie St., San Francisco), you’ll be rewarded with a set that encompasses the canon of electronic music in a way few other artists do so well. With DJ Dials and Manitous.
— Whitney Phaneuf


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