From a technical standpoint, Mike Gervais' behind-the-deck chops are as good as anyone's in town. But the best DJs are more than DJs — they're party cultivators. Gervais has been a local techno force for years, but 2015 saw his monthly System party hitting its stride. After a stint at the BoltUnderground, the Twin Cities' best above-ground techno night returned to First Avenue's Record Room where its bloodline began. Gervais brings in extra sound, boosting the driving beats with added audiophile muscle. Sadly, System's impressive run was interrupted by First Ave's ceiling collapse last August, which shuttered the Record Room. But Gervais emerged in December to toast System's fifth anniversary with London techno stud Ben Sims and perform with House Proud pals at Honey. Here's hoping for a speedy return to System's monthly glory.