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A Midwinter’s Chill: Apparat, Bluetech, Deru, Marty Party, Heyoka & Nanda (REVIEW)

Posted in From the Front Lines (Show Reviews) with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 7, 2010 by worldromper

The Sea of Dreams party ignited my idea to go to San Francisco for the New Year’s Eve weekend, but what sealed the deal was the show put on by an-ten-nae the following night, A Midwinter’s Chill.

I was drawn in by the eclectic lineup packed with heavy talent, a well-designed evening of artists bringing a myriad of styles and genres to the stage. It was set to be the perfect exhale for the wild night before, and when I walked into the venue Friday night I did just that. Although I love the all-out massives, I really love smaller and more intimate festivities where it is easier to talk to people, from the bartender to the DJ to the promoter to new friends in the crowd.

Sliding in around 11PM I missed almost all of Nanda‘s set; judging from the songs on his Myspace page, this was a mistake. Luckily up next was Deru, whose sets seem to get better each time I hear him, always casting out juicy tracks so lush they are almost lurid.

The details of the venue itself faded into the background against a swirl of revelers, heady from holiday celebrations, myself included. A couple of new friends had decided to hit the party with Android Bishop and I after hearing the music I was playing back at the house- I truly believe that the only reason that people don’t listen to the music I do is because they haven’t heard it yet. Running into a few homies from LA as well, I romped around the party with random friends at three stages of music- a swell deal for the $20 door cover.

Outside Dance Floor

The hot and sweaty side room was pulsing with the sounds of Laura and Shawna who had both played Sea of Dreams the night before, and even better was the outside smoking area presided over by a giant bus pumping out slap-happy dubstep. The heat lamps weren’t even needed as the crowd was bumping and hopping. I don’t know who the DJs were and I meant to climb into the bus where people were dancing and find out, but I kept getting pulled back to the main stage.

I enjoyed Bluetech‘s music more than ever before; sometimes his sets can be bit too downtempo for my hyperactive self, but this one seemed to hit exactly the right pace and smooth over any ridges in the night, working the dance floor into a warm lather.

Apparat's Hands

Next up was Apparat, revving the party up a notch with a firey blend of technoish beats that seemed orchestral they were so encompassing and riveting. And riveted I was; it was one of those nights where I hardly even hit the bar or the bathroom, I was bound to the dance floor, my home.

Marty Party was the much-welcomed surprise guest, further upping the ante with trip-smacking tunes and a stage presence that made me smile as much as his beats made me groove. He is fun to watch, especially from the stage which is where I found myself for much of the night, hiding out behind the speakers for the best view in the house.

AND SHILO

Bringing down the night was another favorite of mine- Heyoka, whose grinding, chunky tunes seem to twist the bass into new animals that run off across the dance floor, contorting every body they encounter into slobbering spasms. I didn’t get to stay for his whole set as my ride was seriously about to drive off without me- but I walked out into the morning absolutely blissful from two incredible nights of dancing and music. Setting the tone for the days to come, there is no better place to start a new year and a new decade than the dance floor.

Much love and mad props to an-ten-nae; I have enjoyed his music for quite a while but have only recently experienced his prowess as an event producer. Also quite the character, this guy is at the top of my book! I would love to hear a little more of Muti Music‘s crunchy style down in SoCal, and with Mimosa now living in LA it is only a matter of time before it happens.

There is a collision of cataclysmic proportions going on right now between hip hop and electronic music; two continents of style crashing together to create an epic mountain range. Each peak is a different new sound, and we are living smack in the middle of the mountains. Hope you’ve got your climbing gear on.

First the West Coast, and then the world.

And one last time, happy 2010. Let’s do this shit.

10 RECORD LABELS I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS YEAR

Posted in Lists with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 16, 2009 by worldromper

My Top Ten Record Labels of 2009, in no order:

  1. Brainfeeder
  2. Muti Music
  3. Hyperdub
  4. Warp Records
  5. Innerflight Music
  6. Tectonic
  7. Addictech
  8. BPitch Control
  9. Planet Mu
  10. Alpha Pup Records

2010: Year of the PUP

An-ten-nae Presents Acid Crunk Vol. 2 (Muti Music) *ALBUM REVIEW*

Posted in Album News & Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 8, 2009 by worldromper

Find my review of An-ten-nae Presents: Acid Crunk Vol.2 out on Muti Music on Glitch.FM right here.

WIN TICKETS to see Solvent, Michna & Kether @ The Do Lab on Thursday!

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , on November 30, 2009 by worldromper

The Do Lab rolls back into Hollywood and takes it over again this Thursday night at the King King with Solvent, Michna & local freaks Kether.

It should be an interesting mix of music for the night; Solvent and Michna both hail from Ghostly International but with very different sounds and styles. Solvent is “at the forefront of electro-pop’s return to form” and his quirky tracks are sincere without being simple, displaying none of the clash and more of a melodic feel, sweeping across the front of the brain like a cool washcloth.

Michna‘s flavor is groovy and more bass-centered with an old-school slap coming in right when you need it, music with a hip-hop backbone that served him well on his last world tour to seven continents.

And from Muti Music, Space Island and Venice Beach comes Kether, one of my LA favorites that I am always excited to see on a lineup. Spanning several genres from IDM to breaks to dubstep and glitch, this duo delivers clean, organic sets of live electronics. Their sound is wrapped in the colorful strands of a crazy dream, woven through with melody arrangements written in specific notes to stimulate certain energy chakras in the body.

I am pretty sure there are no chakras in the feet, but expect yours to be stimulated, motivated and activated this Thursday night. The Do Lab’s events have sold out in the past, so buy your tickets here in advance, and for the Facebook event page with bios and more information, please click here.

OR try and WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS by posting your answer to this question in the comment section below. The winner will be notified on Wednesday:

Which artist are you most excited to hear at The Do Lab show on Thursday night, and why?

Decibel Festival Spotlight: MUTI MUSIC Showcase

Posted in Events, Festivals, Music News with tags , , , , , , , on August 29, 2009 by worldromper

Muti Music was born in the hazy land of San Francisco, an area long known for innovative trends in art and technology that provided a perfect setting for the emergence of a new type of experimental bass music thatMUTI MUSICthe region is now known for. Since 2002 this fresh and dynamic label has supported and promoted the wide minds of artists both domestic and international, making a distinctive mark on the evolution of West Coast Sound. Tribal futurists have found a home with Muti, which is the Bantu word for ‘tree’ or ‘herbal medicine,’ and all who hear this young record label’s organic and transformative sound will indeed experience a catharsis by crunk.

Heyoka begins your healing journey with his gurgling and grinding strain of psychedelic beats, the bass drenching your body in heady reverb as light cosmic sounds bubble out of your brain and lift you to another plane. Mimosa’s sexy, dub-infused basslines continue the warm expedition through a beautiful, beat-soaked soundscape, slapping you ever so lightly now and again to make sure you haven’t slipped into oblivion. The founder of Muti Music, Dov, pushes through boundaries with an elevated and emotive sound; his diverse and adaptive style marks the experience of this San Francisco mainstay. Finally an-ten-nae puts the crunchy cherry on top with his slick blend of broken beats, freaky funk and twists from tomorrow, completing your dosage of music as medicine.

Warning: This medicine has been found to be highly addictive and can lead to spastic convulsions, particularly on the dance floor, often resulting in ecstatic joy and a feeling of complete freedom.

The Muti Music Showcase takes place Sunday, September 27 at Sole Repair. For tickets and more information, please click here.

MIMOSA: Flux for Life (Muti Music) *Album Review*

Posted in Album News & Reviews with tags , , , on August 19, 2009 by worldromper

Find my review of Mimosa‘s new album, Flux for Life, released by Muti Music on GlitchFM right here.

Mimosa Flux for Life

AN-TEN-NAE in LA @ Fill in the BASS Friday August 21!

Posted in Events, Music News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 16, 2009 by worldromper

an-ten-naeDO NOT MISS this legend of the SF underground in his last West Coast appearance before The Burn! An-ten-nae‘s new EP, Acid Crunk, is currently holding down the top five spots on Addictech and is super curly and extra crunchy, just like his live set action which he has been perfecting and tweaking for over ten years. An-ten-nae is an instrumental part of the West Coast Future Sound Movement.

Check out a free mix from an-ten-nae here.

Come and hear this freaky sound pioneer this Friday August 21 at the first installment of Fill in the Bass presented by Bwomp! along with Oscure vs. Odeed (live on four decks), Ev-1, Kid Logic, JViz, Eva, 007, Frenetic, Sati and Headsett. Join us in a new underground venue downtown with sweet graffiti art, dancers, performing artists, and- I think I heard something about a Willy Wonka peep show.

Not in LA? Catch an-ten-nae at Symbiosis Gathering near Yosemite and Decibel Festival in Seattle near the end of September, and check out his other dates here.

Otherwise, get your ass to Fill in the BASS this Friday! Call 310-933-1451 the night of the show for the address and be ready for a night of thick music and heady fun. See you on the dance floor!

BWOMP!