In between his rearing in Cleveland and his relocation to Berlin, minimalist jock and producer Jeff Samuel did a stint in our humble gloomsville, where he worked as a sound effects designer in the video game industry. His inner tech-nerd, however, is largely hidden in his tracks, which, despite their bare-bones structures, have a funky bounce and luminescent melody. This is doubtlessly one of the reasons why so many more well-known DJs, from Ricardo Villalobos (who remixed Samuels Digital Self EP) to Francois K, spin his cuts when on the circuit. Since releasing his critically-garlanded full-length, Step, in 2006, he has maintained a heavy international touring schedule. The Capitol Hill classic Broken Disco event is a perfect spot for the former locals return.
Fri., May 15, 9 p.m., 2009