Ninja Tune showcases rising stars 

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  • "Hardcourage," the new LP by FaltyDL (aka Drew Lustman), is selling like digital hotcakes.

Don't feel weird if you don't recognize the three rising co-headliners — FaltyDL, Actress and Slugabed — in venerated electronic music label Ninja Tune's 2013 showcase at 1015 Folsom on Friday.

Ninja Tune, known for acts such as Amon Tobin, Bonobo and Mr. Scruff, "seems to be in a rebuilding period in the last two years or so," says New York-based FaltyDL (aka Drew Lustman).

"They keep signing a lot of new artists, and I like it a lot. ... It all comes down to the music, and I think it should be good," he says.

Lustman is doing his part. His Feb. 11 LP "Hardcourage" offers groovy, experimental house.

The producer's friend and colleague, Four Tet, provided a key remix of the record's first single, "Straight and Arrow." The remix lulls listeners into a cozy groove with soulful R&B vocal samples, a driving trap-kit beat and an ethereal, flanged melody until, three minutes in, the song takes a weird left turn into a finale of oddly timed syncopating synthesizer and percussion.

"It was pretty amazing," Lustman says. "That definitely helped because that was the first single, so I needed something."

The Ninja Tune-backed "Hardcourage" has probably sold more copies on iTunes in four months than Lustman's prior album in total, he says.

"I come from smaller labels where it's more vinyl-based," he said. "I never considered iTunes a huge market for myself. ... I forgot how many people buy music on iTunes. It's huge. It's massive."

Lustman followed the "Hardcourage" release with a 2½-week European tour and a string of U.S. dates opening for James Blake.

He'll DJ chunks of the new album as well as music from his own label Blueberry Records and others in an impromptu set using a laptop running Ableton on Friday.

"I get booked as live and I end up going out there not knowing what I'm going to do until I get out there," he says.

He plays The City about twice a year and wishes he could stay longer than a day or two. "It's definitely a good time," he says.

Next he will head to Canada and Europe and somehow release a couple more 12-inch records on Blueberry, "Swamp 81" and "2000Black."

"They're taking forever but they're coming," he adds.

Ninja Tune Showcase

With FaltyDL, Slugabed and Actress

Where: 1015 Folsom, 1015 Folsom St., S.F.

When: 10 p.m. Friday

Tickets: $17.50

Contact: (415) 431-1200, www.1015.com

Friday

Trap City: Twerk Dancers keep it libidinal at another ribald edition of the ongoing Trap-focused party featuring Kennedy Jones, Stooki Sound, Smookie Illson, Ultraviolet, Napsty and Wolfbitch. 10 p.m., $15. Temple Nightclub, 540 Howard St., S.F., (415) 978-9942, www.templesf.com

Saturday

Beat Swap: The event is sponsored by Discogs, a traveling record swap meet featuring dozens of invited record collectors and dealers from all over the world selling blues, funk, hip-hop, jazz, metal, punk, reggae, rock, soul and world 12 inches and 45s on vinyl since 2007. 11 a.m., $5 with canned food donation. La Pena Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, www.beatswapmeet.com

Silent Frisco King of the Island DJ Battle: Lyrics Born (DJ set), Skins & Needles, Aaron Axelsen, DJ Platurn, DJ Enki, DJ Omar, Motion Potion, Honey Soundsystem and others appear in a musical throwdown on Treasure Island — too legit to quit. 1 p.m., $15. Fog Watch picnic area, Treasure Island, S.F., www.silentfrisco.com

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