So called ‘national characteristics’ are always a bit murky but I think it’s fair to say that UK music has always been adept at taking scattered influences and fusing them successfully. Think Led Zeppelin and American Blues music or New Order and early German electronica. This is particularly true of UK electronic music, which is a fantastic hodgepodge of genres referencing everything from detroit techno to afrobeat. This brings me to Lone, a Manchester based producer who has brought together Hip-Hop, Rave, Ambient Electronica, fusion Jazz, and video game music. I can’t tell if it’s immense skill or dead-on musical intuition that allows him to bring together these genres without sounding forced or chaotic. It’s hugely creative, lovely to listen to, and a great addition to the UK tradition of genre blending. Enjoy.
Everyone’s favorite Swedish, mysterious, bombastic garage rock heroes have arrived to save Christmas. Well almost… they are playing on December 10 at 930 Club. The show will be an absolute blast so you better be there. To prove it, take a look a some photos at BYT taken by friend of the site Shauna Alexander. Killer stuff.
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Get breezy with the lead track off Blue Sunshine. The new album from DC’s own U.S. Royalty out on January 21, 2014.
U.S.Royalty | Into The Thicket
The National Pool | Better
About three years ago, Steve Warwick aka Heatsick played at Berlin’s famous Panorama Bar alongside a few of the biggest names in underground dance music. Except Heatsick didn’t spin club-bangers or dusty hidden gems, he played an hour long live set almost entirely on a cheap old Casio keyboard. This ballsy feat is an example that sometimes the key to unlocking creativity is severely limiting your options. His compositions take an outdated palate of Casio sounds and make them seem utterly current. He is a subtle composer with a perfect sense of structure. “Dream Tennis” in particular is a Casio keyboard demo track from a more sophisticated dimension. Enjoy.
Excited about this very local giveaway today. Drop Electric is playing on November 30, at Rock & Roll Hotel in support of their new album Waking Up to the Fire, out now on Lefse Records. Supporting Drop Electric will be DC’s own Me and Karen and Black Hills. Tweet, comment below, or like/share on Facebook to enter to win two tickets. If you don’t win… that is ok… grab tickets HERE and RSVP HERE. See ya there…