John MacLean is the strange guy at the club, dancing by himself with his eyes closed. You would probably notice him but only because he’d seem out of place. Once he steps up to the turn tables though, it becomes clear that, for him, it’s all about the rhythm and sounds of the club. MacLean is widely known for his space disco band, The Juan MacLean. He’s released two creative, trance inducing electronica albums, 2005’s Less Than Human and 2009’s The Future Will Come, which features the 12 minute long disco breakdown that is “Happy House.” Watch the video for “Happy House” and you’ll be blasted into the club culture with pseduo sexy characters dancing, not quite in unison, and lighting that makes it impossible to focus on anything for more than a split second. This year Maclean has shifted his sights to DJing, as the mix master of K7’s latest DJ Kicks compilation, which has been produced by artists like Four Tet, Hot Chip and Chromeo in the past. With this instillation MacLean has gone from disco mastermind to an authority on house music. The record flows just like you would expect a DJ set to flow with sampled voices creating rhythms and each track melting into the next, ending with a continuous mix of the entire album. Any wannabe could step in front of the decks, click play on MacLean’s compilation, tweak the EQ every once and a while and fool the crowd into thinking they know what they’re doing. The album features music by Florian Miendal and Theo Parish among others but two of the best tracks, “Feel So Good” and “Feliz Casa,” come from MacLean himself. Looking for a dance party? It’s at Soundlab on Saturday (July 31).