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To many, minimal techno and microhouse ceased to captivate several years ago. The subgenres sprouted from Midwestern techno and house, but pulled tough shapes: Minimal, in its early stages, was often challenging, unmelodic, and slightly numbing. Micro music ruled Germany, in particular, for a large chunk of the ’90s and early 2000s: Germany-based producers (Ricardo Villalobos, Isolée, ex-Canadian Richie Hawtin) and labels (Kompakt, Perlon, M-nus) nurtured it to maturity. But minimal’s too-frequent lifelessness—and some promoters’ overeagerness to call anything “minimal”—prompted a backlash that sent fickle clubgoers scurrying toward poppier sounds. Yet, Berlin-based DJ and producer Sammy Dee still carries a torch for the battered form. He’s been a part of the scene for a couple decades, cranking out solo productions and tracks with Pantytec and Half Hawaii while helming a handful of influential parties; early this year, he launched his own label, Ultrastretch, to boost artists he finds refreshing. (The label’s inaugural bipolar 12-inch release by Matthew Burton, was certainly that.) Dee might be schooled in minimal, but he’s not a snooze. Case in point: It’s his third time here in less than two years, and he has yet to wear out the welcome mat.
Sammy Dee DJs with Solomon Sanchez and Adam Ross at 10 p.m. at the Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. $20. (202) 289-1200.