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2009 in Review by Decibel Festival Director Sean Horton

Posted in Lists, Music News, Note to Readers with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 19, 2009 by worldromper

Sean AKA Nordic Soul is the Decibel Festival Curator and Director, he is my good friend and one of the greatest contributors to Seattle’s thriving underground music community. This is a very insightful summary of electronic music in 2009 with his Top 15 list at the bottom as well:

From Sean:

Every year it’s part of my job at PlayNetwork to come up with a list of top albums and overall assessment of music trends for the year. Below is my brief review of what I felt was a pretty landmark year for electronic music in the US and in general. Barring any incredible releases over the next month, these are my picks for the year. Keep in mind this list is strictly made up of albums; not EPs, 12’s or remixes (i.e 95% of the electronic music I purchased this year).

2009 in Review : Binary Pop, Warp’s Legacy, Dub Mutations and the Return of Sexy Dance Music

2009 has been an incredibly innovative year in relation to music production. Artists like Animal Collective, Fever Ray, Royksopp and Moderat have proven once and for all that digital beats and electronic sound design can appeal to a pop audience that otherwise wouldn’t find themselves listening to “electronic music”.

This year also marks the 20 year anniversary of the greatest electronic music label (arguably greatest label) of all time, Warp Records, which has had an exceptional year across the board with strong indie releases from Grizzly Bear and Maximo Park as well as strong releases from their more obscure electronic artists like Tim Exile and Clark. Warp’s 20th anniversary box set is not only one of the best reviewed collections of they year, it’s also a brilliant testament to the label’s vast catalog of ground breaking artists (i.e. Aphex Twin, Boards of Canada, Jamie Lidell, Nightmares on Wax, Prefuse 73, Autechre, Broadcast, Plaid, Battles, Squarepusher, etc).

In addition, 2009 witnessed the rise of Dubstep as a respected genre in the US through acclaimed UK labels like Hyperdub (Burial, Kode9, Joker, Zomby, Flying Lotus) and Tectonic (2562, Martyn, DJ Pinch, Benga) both of whom continue to blur the boundaries between Grime, Dub, West Coast Hip Hop and Detroit Techno. With the avid support of tastemakers like BBC Radio 1’s Mary Anne Hobbs and Low End Theory’s Daddy Kev (Alpha Pup Records) UK Dubstep and West Coast Glitch Hop / Hip Hop have both become quintessential styles on the electronic music frontline in the US. From Burning Man to this year’s Movement festival in Detroit, Dubstep and Glitch Hop have fully emerged in 2009 as a staple sound in North America.

Another emerging trend has been the Deep House and Tech House revival, which has been experiencing a resurgence the past few years as club-goers have tired of the heady, sterility of Minimal Techno and the frenetic, over the top sound of Electro House. Artists like Gui Boratto, Voodeux, Pezzner, Milton Jackson, Stimming, Mode D, Catz n Dogz, DJ T and Dixon have all helped in keeping underground dance music both sexy and musical.

Overall 2009 has been a phenomenal year for technologically driven music, proving that creativity is truly catching up with the tools used for musical expression in the digital age.

Here are my Top 15 albums of the year:

1. Animal Collective “Merriweather Post Pavilion” Domino Records

2. Various “Warp 20” (Box Set) Warp Records

3. Moderat (aka Apparat & Modeselektor) “Moderat” Bpitch Control Records

4. Fever Ray “Fever Ray” Rabid Records

5. Phil Kieran “Shh” Cocoon Recordings

6. Nosaj Thing “Drift” Alpha Pup Records

7. Jon Hopkins “Insides” Domino Records

8. Various “5 : Five Years of Hyperdub” Hyperdub Records

9. Lusine “A Certain Distance” Ghostly International

10. Grizzly Bear “Veckatimest” Warp Records

11. Gui Boratto “Take My Breath Away” Kompakt Records

12. 2562 “Unbalance” Tectonic Records

13. Modeselektor “Body Language Vol. 8” Get Physical Music

14. Tim Hecker “An Imaginary Country” Kranky Records

15. Voodeux “The Paranormal” Mothership Records

Decibel Festival 2009: Shilo’s Showcase Suggestions

Posted in Events, Festivals with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 23, 2009 by worldromper

Due to popular demand I am writing up my showcase suggestions for the 2009 Decibel Festival which begins TOMORROW!

I have been pimping for this festival for a while; I believe strongly in the smart curation of the party. These lineups are not just thrown together, but rather placed with precision into intelligent mixes of eclectic talent. In case you haven’t figured it out by now, I write for Decibel, and am honored to be a part of Seattle’s EDM festival.

I have bolded my top pick for each day, and added links in orange to the showcase descriptions that I wrote up.

Happy Decibel everybody!

THURSDAY 9/24:

FRIDAY 9/25:

  • dB DJ Lounge w/Produkt DJs (Goner, PrEssHa, Andrew Luck)
  • dB in duB Part 2: Dubstep Massive (Caspa, N-Type, Juakali, Boxcutter, much more)
  • Dirty Dancing International (Noah Pred, Rob Hood, Alex Under, The Wighnomy Brothers)
  • dB in duB Afterhours: Dub Mutants (DJ G, Pinch, Moldy, KJ Sawka, Dopelabs)
  • Innerflight Red Eye Afterhours (novaTRON, Nerd Revolt, Phil Western)

SATURDAY 9/26

  • Future Funk H20 – Boat Party (Pezzner, J-Sun, Packy, Ramiro, Jeromy Nail)
  • Bass Lovers Unite (Mala, Mary Anne Hobbs, Megasoid, Nosaj Thing, Daedelus)
  • Disko Cassé (Hookerz N Blow, CLP, Truckasaurus, Brodinski, Recess, MC Anton Bomb)
  • dB Afterhours: The Deep End Part 2 (Voodeux, Move D, Martyn)
  • Starborne Dirty Velvet Afterhours (Nalepa, Mimosa, Mike Slott, 3WS, Eprom, Skoi Sirius, Take, Kotchy)

SUNDAY 9/27

Shilo Loves Decibel Festival!

Shilo Loves Decibel Festival!

Decibel Festival Announces Preliminary Lineup

Posted in Events, Festivals, Music News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 24, 2009 by worldromper

CHECK IT OUT! And there are no doubt many more names to come:

Alex Under (ES)
Alter Ego (DE)
Andrew Weatherall (UK) 
Benga (UK) 
Boxcutter (UK) 
Bruno Pronsato (DE) 
Caspa (UK) 
Daedelus (US)
Goldmund (US) 
KiloWatts (US)
Lusine (US)
Mad Professor (UK)  
Martyn (US) 
Mary Anne Hobbs (UK)
Megasoid (CA) 
Mikael Stavöstrand (SE) 
Monolake (DE)
Mountains (US) 
Move D (DE)  
N-Type (UK)  
Nosaj Thing (US)
Pezzner (US)
Reagenz (UK / US) 
Spacetime Continuum (US)
Sub Swara (US) 
Tadeo (ES)  
Tanner Ross (US) 
Voodeux (US) 
The Wighnomy Brothers (DE)

Discounted passes ($50 off) are available until July 24th. BUY YOUR PASS NOW!

Find out more out Seattle’s Decibel Festival of Electronic Music, Visual Arts and New Media here.

Detroit Movement Time Slots Announced

Posted in Events, Festivals, Music News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 5, 2009 by worldromper

SATURDAY MAY 23

Vitamin Water Stage:

2-3:30PM Mieka du Franx
3:30-5PM Drumcell – live
5-7PM Steve Bug
7-9PM Francois K
9-12AM Carl Cox

Beatport Stage:

12-2PM Liz Copeland
2-4PM Nikola Baytala
4-5:30PM Heidi
5:30-7PM Damian Lazarus
7-9PM Adam Beyer
9-11PM Marco Carola

Made In Detroit Stage:

1-3PM Stacey Hale
3-430PM Shaun Reeves
4:30-7:30PM Mike Clark, Delano Smith & Norm Talley
730-9PM Rick Wade
9-11PM Mike Huckaby

Red Bull Music Academy:

2-3:30PM The Sight Below – live
3:30-5:30PM Lusine – live
5:30-6:30PM Kate Simko – live
6:30-7:30PM Kevin Reynolds – live
7:30-9PM Ryan Elliott
9-10PM Exchange Bureau – live
10-11PM Krazy Baldhead – live
11-12PM The Glitch Mob – live

 

SUNDAY MAY 24

Vitamin Water Main Stage:

2-330PM Minx
330-5PM Al Ester
5-630PM Osunlade
6:30-7:30PM Innervisions live: a critical mass – live
7:30-9PM Dennis Ferrer
9-12AM Loco Dice vs. Luciano

Beatport Stage:

12-2PM Chloe Harris
2-4PM Frankie Vega
4-6PM Nic Fanciulli
6-8PM Tiefschwarz
8-10PM Wighnomy Bros
10-11PM Guy Gerber – live

Made In Detroit Stage:

430 West & Friends present “Techno City”
2-4PM Monty Luke
4-5:30PM Will Web
5:30-7:30PM Jay Denham
7:30-8:30PM Octave One – live
8:30-930PM Marc “MK” Kinchen & Scotty Deep – live
930-11PM Anthony Rother – live

Red Bull Music Academy:

2-6PM DJ Omega, DJ Godfather DJ Deeon, Starski & Clutch, DJ Slugo, DJ Dick
6-7:30PM Mark “8en” Moss
7:30-8:30PM Neil Landstrumm – live
8:30-10PM RJD2
10p-11:30PM Z-Trip

 

MONDAY MAY 25

Vitamin Water Main Stage:

2:30-4PM Luke Hess – live
4-5:30PM Quentin Harris
5:30-7PM Carl Craig
7-8PM Los Hermanos – live
8-10PM Kevin Saunderson
10-12AM Derrick May

Beatport Stage:

12-2PM Clark Warner
2-3:30PM Anthony Attalla
3:30-5PM Adultnapper
5-6:30PM Ellen Allien
6:30-8PM Tiga
8-9:30PM Bad Boy Bill
9:30-11PM Benny Benassi

Made In Detroit Stage:

2-3:30PM Craig Gonzalez
3:30-5PM Lee Curtiss
5-6:30PM Seth Troxler
6:30-8PM Seoul vs Linder 2×4
8-9:30PM Buzz Goree
9:30-11PM Audion – live

Red Bull Music Academy:

2-3:30PM Kero – live
3:30-5PM Flying Lotus – live
5-6:30PM Benga
6:30-7:30PM Afrika Bambaataa
7:30-9PM Busy P
9-11PM Bassnectar

OH HOLY MOTOWN ARE YOU GUYS READY TO GET DOWN?

DECIBEL Festival Fundraiser Gala @ Triple Door May 6

Posted in Events, Festivals, Music News with tags , , , , , , , on May 1, 2009 by worldromper

Hey Seattle? Remember the epic party that was Decibel Festival 2008?

Remember running around Capitol Hill from one packed club to the next, meeting your friends on the streets, screaming your lungs out for headlining artists from around the globe, dancing until 8AM and then getting up the next day to do it all over again?

Oh yeah, I think you do.

Decibel is holding a fundraiser at the Triple Door which includes top audio and video performances from Helios, Rena Jones, Lusine, Kelly Wyse, Scott Sunn, and Rafael Anton Irisarri AND a gourmet dinner selection from kick ass Wild Ginger. All your senses will thank you.

If you have never been to the Triple Door, it is a very unique experience: swanky, excellent sound, delicious food and a nice wine selection. Guys, if you want to impress a girl, TAKE HER HERE. We are EASY.

Tickets are $50 a pop for the entire night of sensory stimulation or $25 for the show with no dinner; the party is May 6 and you can buy tickets and find out more information here.

Even if you are not planning to attend, please help YOUR Decibel Festival and electronic music community by spreading the word about this fundraiser, especially to people who might not otherwise be involved in the EDM scene.

The more people we connect with, the stronger our music community will be. So buy your tickets now and please pass the word along! And I will see you all in September!

decibelistheshit

PUT YOUR HANDS UP FOR…

Posted in Events, Festivals with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 31, 2009 by worldromper

DETROIT!!!

Did you just scream it in your head? Or out loud, if you are me?

I’m even more twitchy and excited than usual this morning because I just booked tickets to go to the Detroit Electronic Music Festival aka Movement over Memorial Day weekend! Not only am I stoked about the travel, Michigan being one of the five U.S. states I have never been to, but CHECK OUT these peeps, lots of fatty artists and can I say: it’s going to be West Coast heavy all up in Motor City!

Flying Lotus

Glitch Mob

Bassnectar

The Sight Below

Lusine

Carl Craig

Benga

Derrick May

Ellen Allien

Z-Trip

RJD2

…and HEAPS more! Check out the whole lineup and find out more information on DEMF tickets right here.

Then book your tickets and get ready to party with Shilo. IT IS ON.

Ghostly International 10 Year Party in LA March 8

Posted in Events, Music News with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 26, 2009 by worldromper

Yeah yeah yeah, I know the big Ghostly International 10th Anniversary party is in San Francisco at Mezzanine on March 6, but I want to write about the one at Jimmy’s Lounge in Los Angeles ‘cuz that’s where I live. 

Check out this lineup going down March 8, ALL performing LIVE:

Tycho

Michna w/RawPaw (live band)

The Sight Below (YAY!)

Lusine

Kate Simko 

Deru

Eliot Lipp

+++more TBA

STRAIGHT UP SEE  YOU THERE.