Miami's techno lovers, listen up. Pornograph Events has one hell of a double booking lined up this Saturday, with legends Derrick May and François K scheduled to play Nocturnal's Eden Terrace Garden.
Derrick May is one of Detroit's legendary "Belleville Three," the trio of early electronic music pioneers that includes high school buddies Juan Atkins and Kevin Saunderson. May, along with the other two, is credited with originating the futuristic sound dubbed "techno" back in the mid-1980s. His name still remains inseparable from the ongoing history and development of the genre. May continues to produce and tour internationally, performing his signature brand of "hi-tek soul," which blends Parliament-influenced funk with robotic synth stylings inspired by Kraftwerk.
Meanwhile, François Kevorkian, AKA François K, is a New York-based French transplant who played a pivotal role as DJ at the Paradise Garage and Studio 54 in the late 1970s. As such, he helped define what would come to be known as house music, through his track selections and then later through his own production and remixing work. Then, in the mid-1990s, he founded his own imprint, Wave Music, and helped start one of the most legendary New York house music parties to date, the now-defunct Sunday-afternoon Body&SOUL.
Cosmic Twins: Derrick May and Franois K. With DJ Nova. Saturday, June 20. Nocturnal, 50 NE 11th St., Miami. Doors open at 10 p.m. Tickets cost $20 in advance. Ages 21+ with ID. 305-576-6996; myspace.com/pornographmiami
Still, François K's sound has changed with the times, and in the past few years, he's been exploring, through his Deep Space NYC parties and mixes, all facets of "dub." This has included, in a single set, anything from electro to disco to techno and even dubstep and drum 'n' bass.
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No matter what the technical genre term is for a single track, it's all about what's soulful, which is at the root of the Cosmic Twins sound. May and K have been playing under the moniker for several years, and the titans' individual styles are complementary. K's fans will be surprised, perhaps, by his departure from house, and May's fans will appreciate his forays into dubby turf. Neither DJ plays solo in Miami much outside of WMC, and they pretty much never perform together. Any true techno and house fan will recognize the significance of this show, which pays homage to three decades of electronic dance music. Get your ass down to the Terrace that night — no excuses!