Plenty of DJ-producers start record labels. For Sinjin Hawke and Zora Jones, that wasn't enough. Instead, they would need a multimedia platform to house all their audiovisual work — tracks and mixes, animated 3-D graphics and interactive apps. That platform is called Fractal Fantasy, which since 2012 has been home to the pair's vision for the future of club music.
That vision is often a synesthetic one, where their club constructions look and sound like metal at its triple point; where solid, pneumatic beats, liquid synthesizer melodies and gaseous ambiance are paired with computer-generated visuals that live up to the platform's moniker. Hawke and Jones have embraced technology as if they're trying to bring about the singularity, and they're prolific, too.
Last year, Hawke crafted nearly 50 instrumentals during the production of Kanye West's "The Life of Pablo." One became "Wolves," while the unused tracks formed the basis for Hawke's debut album, "First Opus," a scintillating synthesizer symphony that mixes big, brassy hip-hop and melancholic electronica with the sensuality of R&B.
Fractal Fantasy recently followed up Hawke's album with "Visceral Minds 2," a 20-track compilation of collaborations with their contemporaries in the dance music underground. It opens with "Dark Matter," a hypnotic track by Jones and footwork upstart Jlin, and closes with the soulful "Monterrey," which features footwork pioneer DJ Rashad, who died in 2014. For Fractal Fantasy, club music is a flat circle, where global dance sounds, the past and present, and even life and death can coexist.
Show: Thursday at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. Show starts at 10 p.m. 202-588-1889. ustreetmusichall.com. $10.