Like many of you, we had the immense pleasure of hearing Ryan Elliott spin at White Room last May, and witnessed a DJ at the peak of his powers. The Spectral Sound label man crafts truly spellbinding live sets that are dually physical and mental -- "body music for the mind," as his Ghostly International partner Matthew Dear puts it. We recall some moments in that set when the crowd seemed completely possessed, undulating in mass to the jacking low-end and angelically pristine higher frequencies he was banging out. It was one of those "eureka" moments when you see so clearly what differentiates an exceptional DJ from most of the dime-a-dozen ones you hear every weekend.
Fri., May 21, 11 p.m., 2010