For nearly two years, Mother (pronounced /ˈmɒθər/, a person who studies moths) Records has been peppering Bay Area nights with parties focused on delivering high-quality house music, attracting good folks beautiful on the inside and out, and emanating positive vibes in a fun-only atmosphere. The boys have gone underground with late-night beach parties, dropped bombs for college kids at the Berkeley co-ops, and continue to host Spilt Milk, a monthly event held every third Thursday at Milk Bar on Haight Street. All the while, the gentlemen have been flooding the internets with mixes and original productions, which you can scope out on their website, Motherrecords.org.
Now, on September 29, the scholarly quintet are set to metamorphose with a party qualitatively distinct from any they’ve thrown before. That night, the group’s four producers will take the stage at Raven on Folsom Street for their very first Saturday night event at a downtown club. Like every Mother event, there is absolutely no cover, and the price tag for your night will be further diminished by Raven’s eminently reasonable drink prices ($5 wells, $5 drafts, $6 Long Islands).
The Mother crew will be blasting beats upstairs, although there will also be seating, a DJ, and two bars serving speciality cocktails in the downstairs area. Raven is on Folsom between 7th and 8th streets, on the same block as Icon Ultra Lounge, Cat Club, and Bloodhound, and a short walk to 1015 Folsom, The Endup, Monarch, and other SOMA nightclubs.
Mountaincount (a.k.a. Taylor Harrison) is the extra-extra-large patriarch of the Mother clan. His bass-centric house productions are crafted with a deft touch, straddling the line between deep and tech. His dancefloor selections occupy a similar range of the spectrum, with a goofy go-for-broke attitude. Whether Mountaincount is playing an original or a selection, he is always offering a headfirst dive into the subversive and post-modern nether regions of the house scene with a smile.
A member of now-defunct hipster-pop trio Butterfly Bones, and current drummer for synth-glam threesome Pixel Memory, Joe Gray (a.k.a. Joe Cray) has been lending his percussive talents to the Bay Area music scene since his arrival from Louisiana in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Joe’s dalliance with 808s, bass, and deep house began shortly after his arrival in the region, and in the last few years has blossomed into a passionate love affair. Joe is a master of twisted productions, often juxtaposing eerie and hypnotic melodies with speaker-rattling kicks and punchy drumwork.
The younger of the vertically-gifted Harrison brothers, Hayden has been producing and DJing up and down the coast of California since 2008. Earlier this year, Hayden delivered the party-starting track “Vibes” alongside a track from his brother on their Sibling Rivalry EP. Also in 2012, Hayden dropped a bootleg of “Caught Your Fever,” and word has it that the boy has a stockpile of original productions on the verge of mass dissemination.
Zero, zilch, o, ought, naught, empty set, null, zip, nothing, nada, none. The elusive producer/DJ known as Nil (a.k.a. Neel Rao) has been quietly amassing experience matching beats since his teenage years growing up in the Bay. With professional training as an electrical engineer, computer scientist, and gourmet barista, Neel delivers intelligent productions and sagacious sets that provide enlightened entertainment to those fortunate enough to partake.