DJ Heather

With Jason "Lemon" Lyman. Saturday, December 4, at Wish.

The Killers House of Blues, 308 Euclid Avenue 6:30 p.m. Thursday, December 2, $15, 216-241-5555
Dancefloor Principles, the latest from DJ Heather of the house-centered, Chicago-based Super Jane Collective, marked the sixth anniversary of Vancouver, B.C.'s Sonar nightclub, a haven for all genres of dance music in the Pacific Northwest. Putting her extensive talents to work, DJ Heather creates a disc that captures the experience of spinning a set created at Sonar.

DJ Heather does not get too deep, too jazzy, or too banging, choosing some solid numbers that fit firmly into the four-on-the-floor range. Shying away from gratuitously wailing divas, the assortment of hooky vocals featured on the songs enhances, rather than overwhelms, the overall mix. Tracks such as Demarkus Lewis's lively and bright "Waiting"; Chris Lum's floor-churning, body-shaking, and flavorful "Por Que Amor"; and Mazi & Spettro's upbeat, playful "Wrong (Mazi Mix)" highlight DJ Heather's unerring ear for the rolling groove. Elsewhere, the Lawnchair Generals manipulate a clever sample into the animated "One Thing." And the ride ends on a bumping note with B-Funk's "Ladies and Gentlemen."

Bypassing the commercial house side and keeping the overall sensibility of the tracks on the underground tip, DJ Heather maintains a balance between harder-edged techno elements and the familiar feel-good disco aesthetic. With Dancefloor Principles, she ably accomplishes the difficult task of bringing an authentic and enjoyable club night onto disc without losing anything in the process.

Scroll to read more Music News articles
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state.
Help us keep this coverage going with a one-time donation or an ongoing membership pledge.

Newsletters

Join Cleveland Scene Newsletters

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.