Michael Donaldson, better known as Q-Burns Abstract Message, has had a long and varied career. During the "electronica" hype of the late '90s, he cranked out everything from turntablist tracks (for the memorable Deep Concentration compilation) to breezy jazz 'n' bass and downtempo. If his latest compilation of remixes, Future Past Tense, is any indication, he is currently focusing on bright, peppy house tracks, but it's difficult to believe he'll play happy stuff when he drives down here from Orlando this weekend. After all, he'll join jungle producer DJ Dara, Miami electrician Wreck (a.k.a. Salim Rafiq), DJs Burn and Cause4Concern, and many others, all of whom are known for harder, funkier stuff. The party is titled Blast and serves as an unofficial kickoff jam for Basshead, a new local electro label.
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Q-Burns Abstract Message and DJs Dara, Wreck, Burn, and Cause4Concern perform at 10 p.m. Saturday, January 22, at House, 2041 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Tickets range from $5 to $15. Call 305-438-0662.