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Compression 4-Year Anniversary was DIRTY

Posted in From the Front Lines (Show Reviews) with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 1, 2009 by worldromper

Friday at Cinespace I experienced one of the most inspiring nights of dancing since I moved to LA.

The show was Compression‘s 4-Year Anniversary and featured Claude VonStroke, Voodeux, the Martin brothers, Monty Luke, Matt Xavier, Andre Ezer and a whole gang of dancing freaks.

I first went to Cinespace shortly after arriving in Los Angeles and I still didn’t know what was what. Wondering around lost on the streets, I wasn’t sure where the hell I was, much less where the hell the club was. I was searching up and around and trying to see a street sign between the neon lights, gritty buildings and screaming drunk people. And then I looked down, and saw stars at my feet.

It was my first time on the Hollywood Boulevard.

Returning to the same space this past weekend, it seemed like a completely different place. Maybe it was me, maybe it was the fresh faces of the smiling crowd, but the icky veneer of Hollyweird was almost too thin to even smell. I jumped up the stairs and took my place at the front of the dance floor with others of my kind, my kindred spirits.

I can always spot them. We dance together on the front of the floor all night, taking short breaks for the bathroom or the bar, never failing to return right to that delicious stack of speakers. My people are always out at Compression; I can count on this night to deliver booty-bouncing beats and the happy crowd that seems to go along with the BPM.

Two sound stages kept the energy churning and the people moving around and mingling. Cinespace is a not a small club; it has a few bars and an outdoor smoking patio with cushy chairs to complement the two dance floors. The Martin brothers played consecutive sets on the main floor, and I kept sidling over to the second stage to catch Voodeux’s creepier, tech-funk beats that seemed to writhe around the room, pulling people into the ominous whirl and thumping them on the forehead.

Claude VonStroke. I am hereby on his list of eternal-forever fans and will go to hear him play in the future whenever I am fortunate to have the chance. His music grabs you from underneath and throws you into the groove, and there you stay until he is finished with you. How can a sound be so clean and so dirty at the same time? Full of energy just like his tracks, VonStroke is the kind of DJ you just love to see perform, because you know he loves it too.

Respected far and wide as a techno and house master, I swear Claude got a little extra bounce in his smile and a mischievous twinkle in his eye when he laid down the broken-beat track “California.” With vocal samples and glorious deep drums, the tune had the whole dance floor poppin’ and rollin’, thinking we were minors drinking gin and juice in our low riders. Very LLCoolJ-esque.

With basslines that inspire and plenty of snappy mixes and playful productions, this is an artist who is not afraid to be unique (or of Detroit). The whole ethos of his sound is a fun and dirty ride, full of nasty giggles and that tasty VonStroke groove that doesn’t just pull at something very deep inside of you- it grabs it and holds on.

VonStroke’s magical music isn’t a balls to the wall brain-fry freakout, but rather a warm, throbbing vibe that smoothly carries you along as the night unfolds. It is a deep house trip, a minimal tech-funk parade, an elastic electroslut incision. Smart and melodic and the opposite of too-cool-for-school, VonStroke’s sound is like that quirky girl with the weird clothes who you just KNOW has a dark side, waiting to shake her “Big and Round” just as soon as the beat drops.

At 4AM as the lights went up, Claude handed out CDs of his new album Bird Brain (wow a real CD! With a case and label and artwork and everything!), which I was lucky to score and have been rocking ever since. It had been a dazzling five hours and I did not want the night to end.

Which was a damn good thing, because my car had been locked overnight in the lot I had parked in, leaving me to cab my ass back to Silver Lake, luckily just a $20 ride away. I was so filled up and happy from my night of dancing, I didn’t even care.

“What kind of music were you dancing to?” asked the cabbie.

THE BEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD” was my reply.

Click here to check out the sweet photos of the night by Chris Soltis, Compression photog.

Photo by Chris Soltis

Compression 4-Year Anniversary: Claude VonStroke & SF Dirtybird Crew this Friday

Posted in Events, Music News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 23, 2009 by worldromper

AH shit!

Friday night at Cinespace Robtronik presents the 4-Year Anniversary of Compression, featuring Claude VonStroke and the Dirtybird crew from San Francisco etc. including Christian Martin, Justin Martin, Voodeux (AKA KiloWatts & Tanner Ross) and Monty Luke. Also on hand are Compression deejays Andre Ezer and Matt Xavier, and expect a big crowd as this is VonStroke’s LA Album Release Party for his second album, Bird Brain, and a stop on his world tour as well.

Dirtybird is pretty much a synonym for BANGIN‘ and I am really excited to hear Claude VonStroke again; at Symbiosis this TITAN of West Coast Sound was shaking the trees from their roots to their leaves and every single face on his dance floor had a stupid, beat-eating smile plastered across it. He works the dance floor like a tool, bending and working it like Superman with a bar of metal, expelling shrieks and screams and hands in the air. Oh I am excited! His Myspace profile lists ghettotech in addition to house and techno and dear GOD, let’s hope he dips into the dirty for a least a couple of tracks. Also posted are influences: YOUR MOM and sounds like: CHICKEN.

All the elements are coming together for this one, including Funktion One sound, two rooms, 21+, 9:30-4AM, and you can RSVP for reduced entry right here.

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.