Entries tagged with: Octo Octa
The Rosebuds at Prospect Park in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Delorean at MHOW in January (more by Landon Speers)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
The Rosebuds, Jesse Marchant, Dana Buoy @ Rough Trade
North Carolina duo The Rosebuds are relative indie rock veterans at this point but their anthemic brand of pop seems to be in step with the Zeitgeist currently. They do "whoa ohs" better than most and new LP Sand + Silence was produced by Justin Vernon.
Temples, Spires @ Asbury Lanes
UK psych band band Temples released their debut album earlier this, which is slick but well-done Britpop. They sound great live, too, and are well matched with Brooklyn band Spires tonight.
Brian Degraw, Rioux, Stephon Alexander, Archie Pelago, Dutch E Germ @ Baby's All Right
Tonight's Baby's show is a great showcase of the eccentric sounds of NYC's electronic scene. Gang Gang Dance's Brian Degraw headlines, and the show is also the album release party for Rioux and Stephon Alexander's collaborative LP Here Comes Now. The bill's rounded out by Mister Saturday Night associates Archie Pelago and Brian's former GGD bandmate Dutch E Germ.
Bad Rabbits, Kent Odessa, Johnny Stimson @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Brooklyn Night Bazaar offers weekends of local artisan shopping, gourmet eats, beer and wine, ping pong, black light minigolf and music all under one Greenpoint roof. Tonight is a lineup is headlined by Boston funk-rock combo Bad Rabbits.
Cassandra Wilson, Campbell Brothers @ Damrosch Bandshell
Part of Lincoln Center Out of Doors, this show features jazz vocal legend Cassandra Wilson, and steel guitar maestros the Campbell Brothers performing Coltrane's masterwork, A Love Supreme. Free.
Amanda X, Two Inch Astronaut, Wing Dam, Cousin Brian @ Death By Audio
Those who dig '90s style indie rock -- Tuscadero or Blake Babies for example -- will definitely dig Philly trio Amanda X whose new album does this very well. Also on the bill: quality Maryland post-hardcore outfit Two Inch Astronaut.
Full Moon Fest w/ Delorean, The Knocks, Claptone, The Aston Shuffle, Son Lux, Le Youth, Penguin Prison, Young & Sick, Chela, JDH & Dave P, Wave Racer, EMEFE, Panam Wedding @ Governors Island
The fourth annual Full Moon Fest goes down on Governors Island today with an electronic-oriented lineup of Balearic pop band Delorean, art pop musician Son Lux, indie-R&B band Young & Sick, Australian bass dropper Wave Racer and more.
Pictureplane, Octo Octa, Future Punx, Germans @ Palisades
Electronic artist and Brooklyn DIY mainstay, Picturelane, headlines this bill that also includes neo new wavers Future Punx.
Asian Dub Foundation, Taylor McFerrin @ Prospect Park Bandshell
The free Celebrate Brooklyn shows in Prospect Park continue tonight with long-running English electronica band Asian Dub Foundation and Brainfeeder's Taylor McFerrin.
Black Bananas, Shockwave Riderz @ South Street Seaport
This week's edition of Seaport Music Festival is the trippiest of the run with Black Bananas -- currently mixing electronics, garage rock and questionable pharmaceuticals -- and and the more straight-up garage of Shockwave Riderz.
Funky Meters, Gedeon Luke @ Brooklyn Bowl
Legendary New Orleans groove merchants Funky Meters are still going, and bring the dynamite tonight.
Jackson Browne, Jackshit @ City Winery
Currently touring amphitheaters with John Fogerty, songwriting and mellow '70s legend Jackson plays a much more intimate show tonight. Will he play "Lawyers in Love"?
Nellie McKay @ 54 Below
Charming singer-songwriter is at this supper club all week, debuting her new show, "A GIRL NAMED BILL: The Life and Times of Billy Tipton."
Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus, The Faceless, Thy Art Is Murder, Goatwhore, Origin, Decrepit Birth, Within the Ruins, Fallujah, Boreworm, ZFL (Zero for Life) @ Irving Plaza
This year's Summer's Laughter tour (I mean Summer Slaughter) is a bit less laughable than usual with notable sets from Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus, Goatwhore and Origin.
The Zombies @ BB King Blues Club
The Zombies made some of the best and most influential baroque pop that there is with their 1968 album, Odyssey and Oracle and their early singles. Their tours today don't always include as much Odyssey material as we'd like, but they're still nothing short of a great time.
Blowfly, Runny, Citizen Blast Kane @ Grand Victory
Ah, the weird, weird world of Blowfly. Clarence Reid has had varied career, writing and producing for Sam & Dave, KC & the Sunshine Band, and Betty Wright. He's also released singles under his own name since 1963. But he's probably best known to the planet as Blowlfy, "the first dirty rapper" and a bizarro superhero that loves sex. Tonight should be...something.
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by Andrew Sacher
There's never a lack of good electronic shows coming up in NYC. Here's a few highlights...
To start, here's some at new-ish Williamsburg dance club Verboten. Hip hop producer Nosaj Thing teams up with Dutch dubstepper Martyn, NY's multi-genre Sebastian Tamayo, and San Francisco house producer Matrixxman for a show at Verboten tonight (6/6). Tickets are available. Martyn is releasing a new album, The Air Between Words, on his new label home of Ninja Tune (he was previously on Brainfeeder) on June 16. The album features his Four Tet collaboration and a collab with former Hype Williams singer (Inga) Copeland, "Love of Pleasure," which you can stream below. That album was prefaced with the Forgiveness EP which came out this week, and Martyn also released a Live at BBC video this week which you can watch below. Martyn and Matrixxman join forces in NYC again this summer for Warm Up.
Pop-house revivalist Moon Boots returns to Verboten on June 12 with his French Express labelmate Perseus and Plastic Plates. He just dropped another typically great single, "Whatever You Need," which you can stream below. Tickets for the show are on sale.
UK house producer/remixer Maya Jane Coles, who recently remixed Booka Shade's "Love Drug" (ft. ex-Azari & III member Fritz Helder), plays with George Fitzgerald and Alex Arnout at Verboten on June 20 (tickets). George also plays the same Warm Up as Martyn and Matrixxman.
DFA's The Juan Maclean hits Verboten on June 26. No other acts billed at the moment, but tickets are on sale.
Moving on to another Williamsburg dance club, Output, where UK hip hop/house producer Star Slinger plays on June 19. You can grab tix.
FIXED also have a couple parties at Output coming up, including one Sunday (6/8) on the venue's roof with a DJ set from NYC duo Blondes (tickets), and another one with veteran DJ/M83 collaborator Ewan Pearson on June 12 (tickets).
London house producer Medlar, who broke through in 2011 with his "Terrell" single, makes his US debut at another FIXED party at Cameo on July 18. Tickets for that one are on sale. Watch the video for "Terrell" below.
In other news, the Night Slugs label celebrates its 6th birthday on June 27 at 88 Palace with many of the usual suspects, Bok Bok, L-Vis 1990, Girl Unit, Mike Dunn and RP Boo (who has an Adult Swim single coming soon). Tickets for that one are on sale now.
Another good show happens at that venue the next night (6/28) with Pearson Sound, Vissacoor, Teengirl Fantasy, Rrose, Sinjin Hawke and Aquarian (tickets).
Speaking of electronic label anniversaries, UNO throws their UNOversary this year on June 14 at Cameo, which doubles as a Northside showcase. CFCF, Aquarian, Gobby, Kuhrye-oo and Feral are all on the bill. Tickets are on sale and you can also try getting in with your Northside badge.
Veteran Philly DJ King Britt is releasing his first full length as his Fhloston Paradigm alias, The Phoenix, on June 9 via Hyperdub (stream some very promising clips). He'll be in NYC to celebrate that release on July 7 at Cielo where he'll play a special DJ set and a live sci-fi set. Free admission and complimentary vodka cocktails before 11 PM with eflyer, $12 with eflyer after 11 PM, and $20 without eflyer.
And don't forget tonight you can also catch James Blake DJing Output, which is sold out but a few tickets will be available at the door.
Of course those are just a few of the upcoming electronic shows in NYC. What did we miss? All mentioned streams and videos below...
by Andrew Sacher
DC producer Lindsay Lowend, a member of Kastle's Symbols label, was one of the many electronic artists announced for Lollapalooza this week. Whether or not you had plans to attend that festival though, you can catch him in NYC TONIGHT (3/28) at new-ish club Slake (251 W 31 St, formerly Rebel). Joining him at that show is UK house/garage/pop producer Shift K3Y and Cameron Kush. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Lindsay Lowend recently released the Wind Fish EP and remixed Anamanguchi's "Prom Night." Stream those, with Shift K3Y's recent track "Touch," below.
Speaking of UK house/garage/pop, London duo Gorgon City operate in that realm as well. They're planning on releasing their debut album on Virgin / EMI this year, but ahead of that they put out the single "Ready For Your Love" with vocals from Duke Dumont/Rudimental collaborator MNEK. You can check out the video for that below. (You also may remember they produced a recent Klaxons single.) They hit NYC's Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday (3/29) with Kidnap Kid and Jonas Rathsman. Tickets are available.
Rhode Island IDM wizard The Range is also at Glasslands on Saturday.
Other dance stuff is coming up in NYC later in the year too. Detroit house producer Omar-S, still playing shows behind last year's impressive Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself, returns to NYC to hit Glasslands on April 19 with Jay Simon and Steve Summers. Tickets are on sale.
UK IDM master James Holden, still going strong off last year's excellent The Inheritors, plays a Bunker party at Output on April 26 with Bryan Kasenic, Timothy J Fairplay and Mike Servito. Tix available.
Another UK producer Clark brings his new Phosphor live show to NYC on May 2 at Glasslands with great local support from Octo Octa and Ital. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Check out the Phosphor trailer below and stay tuned for more dates.
London's Mighty Mouse, who we last spoke about when his duo with Van She's Matt Van Schie Du Tonc made their NYC debut, plays a solo set at Slake on May 3 with Lane 8 and Alex English. Tickets are on sale.
Dutch dubstepper Martyn returns to NYC on April 3 at Output for the venue's weekly INPUT party with Leon Vynehall and Matrixxman. Tickets, including access to Bloody Mary and Carlos Alkalina in the venue's Panther Room, are available.
UK duo Psychemagik and NYC/Paris musician Joakim will team up for a FIXED party at Le Poisson Rouge on May 15 which doubles as Joakim's Tropics of Love album release party. FIXED regulars JDH & Dave P are on the bill, and tickets are on sale now.
Less than two weeks later, FIXED throws another party at Cameo on 5/23 with Benoit & Sergio and JDH. You can get tix for that as well.
Previously announced dance options in NYC include The Orb w/ Blondes, Actress, Tycho, Shlohmo, Cajmere, Kastle, Jacques Greene, Duke Dumont, Rone, Odesza, Flume, RL Grime, Hudson Mohawke at Webster Hall (5/28) as part of Red Bull Music Academy (tickets), and more.
Of course those are just a few of the upcoming dance options in NYC. What else?
Ejecta, the new project of Ford & Lopatin's Joel Ford and Neon Indian's Leanne Macomber who we highlighted in our electronic music at CMJ roundup, will play a record release party for their debut LP Dominae at Glasslands on November 23. Also on that bill is Vulgar Fashion, Future Punx (who also play NYC tonight [11/15]), and a DJ set by Chairlift's Caroline Polachek. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Dominae is streaming in full on Pitchfork with lots of NSFW visuals of Leanne (like the one below).
Speaking of artists we highlighted in our electronic music at CMJ roundup with upcoming Glasslands shows, Rhode Island IDM producer The Range will return to NYC for a show on December 6 at Glasslands with 100% Silk-signed deep house producer Octo Octa and Obey City. Tickets for that show are on sale now. It's The Range's only announced date that we're currently aware of.
The Range recently released his album Nonfiction (streaming below), and more recently made a mix for Truants which included some unreleased tracks of his, in addition to tracks by Sigur Ros, Gang Starr, Aphex Twin, Aaliyah, Mogwai, and more. That mix is streaming below too.
Octo Octa also released an album, Between Two Selves, this year, and more recently put up a track titled "Further Out" which you can listen to below.
by Andrew Sacher
If you're hanging around NYC this 4th of July weekend, don't forget that the weekly Warm Up at MoMA PS1 continues on Saturday (7/6). This week's installment will feature a local house-oriented bill of Bronx-raised duo The Martinez Brothers, a DJ set from Kim Ann Foxman of Hercules and Love Affair, NJ producer DJ Qu, and a regular DJ on the Brooklyn scene, Anthony Naples. Tickets for Saturday's Warm Up are still available.
Anthony Naples made the mix for this week's installment, which you can stream/download along with a quick interview over at The FADER. You can also catch Anthony the night before Warm Up at a previously mentioned Cameo (7/5) show that also includes Octo Octa and Magic Touch. Tickets for the Cameo show are still available. Stream Anthony's excellent 2012 single, "Mad Disrespect," below.
UPDATE: Glenn Jackson also makes his NYC debut at the Cameo show. You can stream his Morning Swim EP below.
The Martinez Brothers also recently made a mix for MTV Hive, which you can stream below. After Warm Up, both TMB and Kim Ann Foxman will head to Output in Williamsburg for an afterparty that also includes a live set by Arthur's Landing, an Arthur Russell tribute band made up of eight of Arthur's past collaborators. Also on the bill for that party is Filsonik B2B Patrick Grooves, DJ Spun, and Rick Wilhite. Tickets are available here and here.
Neon Indian at Lollapalooza 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
This summer, a number of electronic artists will set sail off the coast of NYC on a Hudson River cruise. There will be sets from Switch (ex-Major Lazer), Neon Indian (DJ), legendary hip hop icon Grandmaster Flash, Octo Octa (live), Roxy Cottontail and Cousin Cole. The cruise boards on July 26 at Pier 81 (12th Ave off 42nd St) at 7 PM and sets sail at 8. Tickets for this dance party on a boat are on sale via the heart.dj site now. Show flyer below.
In addition to this show, Neon Indian also has a couple more DJ sets coming up, including one at Brooklyn's Tropfest, which goes down at Prospect Park this Saturday (6/22) with Chairlift, Bear In Heaven, and more. Free tickets for Tropfest are still available. All upcoming Neon Indian DJ dates are listed below.
Octo Octa has other upcoming NYC shows too, including a previously discussed Cameo show (7/5) with Anthony Naples and Magic Touch (tickets) and a more recently-announced Discovery party happening at Glasslands on September 7 with Coyote Clean Up and Discovery regulars Free Magic & Faso. Tickets for the Glasslands show are still available.
All Neon Indian dates are listed, along with the cruise flyer, below...
by Andrew Sacher
As mentioned, London electronic musician Jon Hopkins is releasing his new album, Immunity, on June 4 via Domino. It's heavy on the thick, dancefloor rhythms, but he pays serious attention to creating gorgeous melodies that do more than make your feet move. Take a listen to the entire hour-plus thing for yourself over at NPR.
Jon is celebrating the new album with a previously discussed record release party in NYC at Glasslands on the day of its release (6/4). Openers on that show include California producer SFV Acid (live) and Brooklyn producer Octo Octa. Tickets for that show are still available.
SFV Acid released his debut album, The Dwell, this week (5/28) via UNO NYC. It was allegedly created entirely in Starbucks locations, and channels a rich history of IDM, making him a good fit for the bill with Jon Hopkins. You can stream that album in its entirety below (via FADER).
Octo Octa also released a new album this week, Between Two Selves, which is an ambient take on this whole house revival that's going on. That album can be picked up at the 100% Silk webstore and you can stream one of its tracks, "Please Don't Leave," below. He also plays other hometown shows on Friday (5/31) at Body Actualized Center (143 Troutman), Saturday (6/1) at Bossa Nova Civic Club (1271 Myrtle Ave), and on July 5 at Cameo with Anthony Naples and Magic Touch. Advance tickets for the Cameo show are on sale now.
Back to Jon Hopkins. In addition to his record release party at Glasslands, he'll be returning to NYC this summer for Warm Up at MoMA PS1. He plays on August 31 with a pretty stacked lineup of Cajmere, Liars (live), Lil Silva, IO Echo (live), and Miles. Tickets for all Warm Up shows go on sale June 5 at noon.
Cajmere (aka Curtis Jones), who plays Warm Up with Jon Hopkins, is a '90s Chicago house veteran that you may know from his head-knockin' 1992 single, "Brighter Days" (streaming below), his 1995 single as Green Velvet, "Flash" (also streaming below), or the rest of his long discography. He put out a new album, Too Undeground for the Main Stage, this month and you can stream two tracks from that below too. You can catch him in NYC much sooner when he plays Williamsburg dance club Output on June 6 with Free Magic & Faso and Discovery. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All Jon Hopkins dates are listed, along with song streams, below...
Andy Stott/Lee "Scratch" Perry
As mentioned, tickets went on sale today for the previously announced Red Bull Music Academy events, which take over NYC from April 28 to May 31. And now that those are on sale, the rest of the lineup has been announced. In addition to the newly-added Flying Lotus show at Terminal 5, the Red Bull Music Academy events now also include...
A Bunker party with Andy Stott, Atom TM, Objekt, Octo Octa, Kloke, Smax, Bryan Kasenic, and Mike Servito at Public Assembly on May 4; Blondes, Mike Simonetti, Rudi Zygadlo, Astroboyz, CABAAL, Ale Hop, Yodashe, Harald Bjork, Alitrec, Mungo Park, Seretan, and Ada Kaleh at Cameo on May 6; and Le1f, Laurel Halo, Venus-X, and a secret guest at Glasslands on May 7.
Still more: Metro Area, Gerd Janson, and Bok Bok b2b L-Vis 1990 at 88 Palace on May 10; 'Drum Majors' with Mannie Fresh, Boi-1da, Young Chop, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Bangaldesh, DJ Mustard, and Drumma Boy at Knitting Factory on May 22; Afrika Bambaataa, Egyptian Lover, DJ Magic Mike, DJ Assault, DJ Funk, Scottie B, DJ Rashad & DJ Spinn, Big Freedia, Salva, Drop the Lime, and Branko & Krampfhaft at Santos on May 23; as well as Skream, Mala, and Plasitician & Hatcha on May 24 at Can Factory (232 3rd St in Brooklyn).
And even more: Oneohtrix Point Never, BIll Kouligas, Evian Christ, Kid Simpl, and ANNALOVE at Saint Vitus on May 26; Benji B, FaltyDL, Dorian Concept, Orquesta, and Somepoe at Sullivan Room on May 27; Pantha Du Prince & the Bell Laboratory with Louis Baker and Anya Kuts at West Park Church on May 28; a killer night of dub with legends Lee Perry & Adrian Sherwood, The Congos vs Sun Araw, M. Geddes Gengras, and the Raw Power Band, Peaking Lights In A Dub Style vs Future Times, and DJ Slow at Le Poisson Rouge on May 30.
Tickets for all events are on sale now.
These join the previously announced shows, talks, and other events with James Murphy, Brian Eno, Giorgio Moroder, Tony Visconti, Nile Rodgers, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Four Tet, A-Trak, Just Blaze, and more. Flyer with the updated, show-by-show lineup is below...
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Leverage Models - "Cooperative Extensions" (MP3)
Leverage Models is the new collective led by Shannon Fields, the head producer and multi-instrumentalist of Stars Like Fleas. He's got a few singles out, including the most recently released "Cooperative Extensions," which dropped this past July and can be downloaded above or streamed below. It's less jazzy post-rock than Stars Like Fleas, and more on the polyrhythmic pop side recalling the arty new wave of Talking Heads or early Duran Duran.
The band just played a Brooklyn show last week (1/31) at Cameo, and you'll get another chance to catch them on February 11 at Glasslands with Octo Octa (who also plays with Maria Minerva in March), Test House, and Certain Creatures. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Song stream below...
(photo by Marko Krunic)
Maria Minerva capped off 2012 with her collaborative LP with LA Vampires, The Integration, which came out about two months after her solo album, Will Happiness Find Me?. If you haven't heard the album, you can stream the entire thing below via spotify or purchase it on iTunes. Maria also recently revealed a remix of the album's single, "Seasons Change," which was done by Sapphire Slows. You can hear that remix and watch the video for the original below too.
Maria Minerva was just added to the recently announced Octo Octa (her 100% Silk/Not Not Fun labelmate) show in NYC, which happens on March 2 at 285 Kent with Magic Touch and Pharaohs. No advance tickets for that one at the moment. Admission is $10 at the door. It's Maria's only announced North American date that we're currently aware of.
Song streams and video below...
Ryan Hemsworth (photo by Sean Berrigan)
Hip hop producer Ryan Hemsworth has made beats for Squadda B, Deniro Farrar, and Shady Blaze, and done a number of remixes in addition to releasing his own material, like 2012's Last Words EP. Just last week he dropped the song "BasedWorld" (which you can stream below) and today he resurfaced with another new track, "An Overture Might Help Me Stop Thinking About You," which he is contributing to LA electronic label Friends of Friends' new compilation, Show Me the Future, which is due out on January 15. You can stream Ryan's contribution to the compilation and find more details about it below.
As briefly mentioned, Ryan Hemsworth was added to the Daedelus and Salva tour, along with Samo Sound Boy, which hits NYC on March 2 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets for that show are still available. An updated list of dates is below.
In related news, Octo Octa is also contributing the song "Smooth West" to the Friends of Friends compilation and he has an upcoming NYC show as well. He plays 285 Kent on March 2 with Magic Touch and Pharoahs. Admission is $10 at the door. Octo Octa also recently revealed a new track called "So Lux," which you can stream below.
All streams and a list of all Ryan Hemsworth dates are below...
by Andrew Sacher
One of my two personal most-anticipated Warm Up at MoMA PS1 lineups goes down this Saturday (8/11) with sets from Photek, Evian Christ, Howse, Shlohmo, and Autre Ne Veut. Tickets for Saturday's show are still available. You can stream/download Shlohmo's FADER/MoMA PS1 mix for this week's installment below.
Meanwhile, Howse (aka Nathaniel Oak), who released the great footwork-meets-witch house ("footwitch"? or maybe housework...) Lay Hollow EP on Tri Angle earlier this year, will be arriving in NYC a bit earlier to play a late show at Cameo Gallery on Friday (8/10 with the always great Octo Octa and The Range. $5 tickets for that show will be available at the door. Howse also made hand painted, hand stamped CDRs which will be available at both of his NYC this shows this weekend, or if you contact him via email. You can stream the Howse track, "VBS," below.
Speaking of artists playing Warm Up this weekend, as hinted at and now confirmed, Evian Christ will in fact open both NYC shows on Purity Ring's upcoming tour. Those shows include 9/21 at Bowery Ballroom and 9/22 at MHOW. Both shows are now sold out. Headaches, who made his US live debut opening for Purity Ring at LPR last month, is also on both shows.
A list of all Howse dates, and all streams are below.
DOWNLOAD: Octo Octa - "Deep Hurt" (MP3)
Octo Octa - 'Oh Love'
100% Silk is teaming up with Popgun to present a show in Brooklyn, which happens on July 7 at Glasslands with sets from three 100% Silk artists: Octo Octa, Jonas Reinhardt, and Cuticle. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Brooklyn's Octo Octa (aka Michael Morrison) released the Oh Love EP earlier this month on 100% Silk. You can grab an MP3 of the ghostly deep house cut, "Deep Hurt," at the top of this post. Since then, he dropped an exclusive download of a non-EP track for Pulse Radio, which you can download here and made a mix with tracks by Mike Simonetti, Lindstrom, Win Win, Chemical Brothers, and more which you can listen to here.
Brooklyn's Jonas Reinhardt are set to release a new EP on 100% Silk called Foam Fangs. All we know is that it's
"out soon" (out July 24) and there's a remix of a Jonas Reinhardt track called "Foam Fangs" which surfaced on soundcloud about a year ago. You can stream that remix below. Jonas Reinhardt also plan to release a collaborative two-track album with Abyss of Fathomless Light on July 10 via VCO Cassettes.
Cuticle's most recent release is the Mother Rhythm Earth Memory LP which came out 100% Silk's parent label Not Not Fun (following an EP the trio released on 100% Silk) this past February. You can check out an album sampler for Mother Rhythm Earth Memory below.
by Andrew Sacher
After So So Glos, Lost Boy, Life Size Maps, and Big Ups play 285 Kent tonight (5/25), an entirely different show will go down at the venue. Weird Terrain is throwing a dance party which will kick off at midnight and reign until the wee hours of the morn. The party's being headlined by Traxman (aka Cornelius Ferguson), who's pretty much running the game of footwork right now and has been a mainstay in the Chicago dance scene since the 90s. He recently released a great new full length, Da Mind of Traxman, on Planet Mu and you can stream the track, "1988" from that release below.
Tonight's lineup also includes Howse (aka Nathaniel Oak), one of the newest members of the small, but always impressive Tri Angle Records family. Like labelmates Balam Acab, Clams Casino, and oOoOO, Howse's beats emerge from dark, otherworldy swamps, rarely feeling like they've ever seen the light of day. And he'll be a great fit with Traxman tonight too -- underneath those swampy layers, he's blasting minimal footwork patterns that no doubt are inspired by the scene Traxman has long been part of. Tri Angle will issue Howse's most recent EP, Lay Hallow, on May 28. Listen to the track, "VBS" below.
Also on tonight's bill is 100% Silk artist Octo Octa (aka Michael Morrison), who dropped a collaborative 12" with La Vampires (aka Amanda Brown) last week. The collaboration is some of the strongest material I've heard from either artist. See for yourself by checking out the video for "Freedom 2K" and stream another track from the collab, "Wherever, Boy" below.
You can keep the party going at 285 Kent on Saturday (5/26) too when Lazer Sword (who are on Modeselektor's Monkeytown label) come through on their North American tour which kicks off tonight in Charlotte, NC. Tomorrow's show is with Night Slugs producers MORRI$ and Helix, along with resident Fade to Mind, Weird Magic, and S!CK DJs. Tickets are available. The tour is in support of Lazer Sword's new album, Memory, out now on Monkeytown. Stream the track, "Missed a Spot," from that release below.
Another dance option for tonight (5/25) is the Turbotax party at Santos Party House, which is billed as 'Fade to Mind vs Night Slugs." It's part of a North American tour that Bok Bok (Night Slugs) is on, and tonight he'll by joined by Rizzla (Fade to Mind) and Kingdom (who has releases on Night Slugs and runs Fade to Mind), along with Turbotax regular Rem Koolhaus. Check out a recent Night Slugs mix Bok Bok made, which features material from Night Slugs labelmates Girl Unit and Jam City, here. A list of all Bok Bok dates, his tour flier, and the flier for tonight's show are below.
Speaking of Night Slugs, both Jam City and Girl Unit have new releases out on the label this month. Stream clips of Girl Unit's Club Rez EP below and stream a genesis mix for Jam City's Classical Curves LP (his debut full length) here. Jam City is currently supporting that release on tour and will come to NYC for a turbotax party on July 27. A list of all Jam City dates and the tour flier are below.
One last related bit, LA duo Nguzunguzu, who have released material on Kingdom's Fade to Mind label, have a new EP coming called Warm Pulse. It will be out July 3 digitally and August 14 physically via Hippos in Tanks. The cover art is below.
A list of all dates, streams, video and fliers below...