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Slow Magic at the Boot and Saddle

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It’s hard to make electronic music feel live, but this past Wednesday the 24th of September, Slow Magic & co. came through the Boot & Saddle and gave an epically entertaining, insanely engaging show.

Openers Daktyl and Kodak to Graph gradually pulled in a crowd to the small soundproofed room with great experimental, bass-loaded electronics; the latter played a remix of the headliner’s song “Girls” to get the audience excited for the next set.

When Slow Magic came on, his trademark LED animal/tribal mask—albeit surprising for people who had never image searched the artist before—combined with the neon-lit, translucent drums, made the concert room literally transform into an intensely colorful soundscape.

After this concert, I can say definitively that the mystery artist’s second trademark is crowd engagement. He let the front row mess with a grid-based piece of equipment that added drumbeats to the intro of a song during the concert, gave us high fives, offered us water, went crazy with the drums (stacked them on top of each other; jumped off stage and played them in the audience to make a quasi-mosh pit of jumping concertgoers). It felt like he was personally inviting each of us to become an active part of the concert, and that overshadowed a few technical difficulties that occurred to the sound system during production.

“Girls” and “Corvette Casette” were especially massive hits; because the artist was so involved with the audience, the whole thing started to feel more like a house party rather than a concert.

Imaginary friend image aside, the mystery artist behind Slow Magic delivered a very real and hype concert that’s presumably left everyone with extremely high standards for future live electronic production. Add in the two opening acts and I’ve never been to a concert where all of the artists seemed as excited to be performing—and one where the headliner’s music was so well complemented by the preceding sets. Finally, there’s something to be said for the anonymity of a performer—while the mask makes for a great photo op, you’re forced to solely focus on the production of music and the sound itself without conjectures about the artist getting in the way of the experience.

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FJK - “Take Off” EP
There’s a certain touch of old school class and gravitas infused in FJK’s (short for French Kiwi Juice) music that is refreshing. HIs characteristic  smooth electronic sample, with hints of jazzy guitar and keyboard lines paired with minimalist vocals conjure up images of after hours at a smokey bar. FJK dropped his much anticipated third EP under Roche Musique label a week ago, and it is HIGH quality. With guest vocals from Jordan Rakei, Damon Trueitt and Madelyn Grant, the tracks are oozing with groove and soul.
Peep the EP below, it’s available on iTunes. 

FJK - “Take Off” EP

There’s a certain touch of old school class and gravitas infused in FJK’s (short for French Kiwi Juice) music that is refreshing. HIs characteristic  smooth electronic sample, with hints of jazzy guitar and keyboard lines paired with minimalist vocals conjure up images of after hours at a smokey bar. FJK dropped his much anticipated third EP under Roche Musique label a week ago, and it is HIGH quality. With guest vocals from Jordan Rakei, Damon Trueitt and Madelyn Grant, the tracks are oozing with groove and soul.

Peep the EP below, it’s available on iTunes. 

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Flying Saucer Attack - Flying Saucer Attack
Flying Saucer Attack was an English noise rock and shoegaze band in 90s. The band has a similar sound to My Bloody Valentine but its sound is even noisier and more mellow. This particular eponymous album is full of brain-scrubbing fuzz and ghostly vocals. Like the album cover, the vocals seem to be inspired by the countryside or folk music. Interspersed between the noise are some shorter droney-instrumental tracks. This is best listened to very loudly. 

Flying Saucer Attack - Flying Saucer Attack

Flying Saucer Attack was an English noise rock and shoegaze band in 90s. The band has a similar sound to My Bloody Valentine but its sound is even noisier and more mellow. This particular eponymous album is full of brain-scrubbing fuzz and ghostly vocals. Like the album cover, the vocals seem to be inspired by the countryside or folk music. Interspersed between the noise are some shorter droney-instrumental tracks. This is best listened to very loudly. 

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BOOTHROYD - NYC

Boothroyd is a UK producer from Manchester that recently got signed to Tri Angle Records, with an upcoming debut EP on September 30th that’s going to blow up without a doubt. NYC is first track released. It’s fuzzy and layered and atmospheric with horror movie spookiness and noise, shifting to heavy beats and then throwing it all in your face at once with a plot-like build up and progression. This track hits with the kind of intensity that deserves to blow your speakers out; blast it.   

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Whirr Takes the Barbary By Storm

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     On Monday September 15th, San Francisco natives Whirr brought their heavier take on shoegaze to the relatively tiny Barbary, and the results were sonically massive.  Simple, but evocative.  Mechanical, but lively.  Loud, but subtle.  Whirr’s music is a reconfiguration of a post-My-Bloody-Valentine sublimity.  

     This sublimity was achieved through an interesting duality between Nick Bassett (the lead guitarist who also played on Deafheaven’s underrated Roads to Judah) and the rest of the band.  The two rhythm guitarists, bassists, and drummer seemed to move as one through each song, working classic popular harmonic progressions (with subtle voicing) against strong rudimentary rhythms.  This led to some of the strongest grooves I’ve ever heard from a shoegaze outfit.  Shoegaze artists tend to focus so much on crafting perfect guitar effects and soundscapes that the core element of groove is lost, but not with Whirr.  Combined with Bassett’s ethereal guitar leads, this band finally finds a way to step out.

    But not all was right with the show.  Whether by stylistic choice or poor mixing, the vocals were near inaudible.  In shoegaze, lyrics are usually secondary to the melody itself, so it’s understandable why the vocals would be buried with the other instruments, but these vocals were buried six feet under the stage.  I struggled to even make out the melodic figures, and soon gave up and focused on Bassett’s guitar work to satisfy my melodic desires.

     Whirr is still clearly emerging and maturing both as a live act and as songwriters.  Distressor (my personal favorite release) had that rawness and heart that seemed, at least to me, absent on their follow-up.  This show, however, rekindled my faith and raised my expectations for the upcoming album, Sway, on September 23rd.  If the intensity, tightness, and guitar timbres are close to what I saw on Monday, it could make their careers.

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Mark Knight
Friday, September 12th at Lit Ultrabar
Before Tomorrowland and Ultra, house music lived in small, sweaty clubs. Sets would last hours, and DJs were prized for finding the most esoteric vinyl. Mark Knight, a Londoner, hails from the epicenter of this underground club movement.  Following in the vein of older English tech house acts such as Carl Cox, Mark plays tunes with a throbbing bass line, seductive vocal loops, and a groovy melody to tie it all together. These tracks are at home on beaches in Ibiza and clubs in Amsterdam, but with the recent popularity of the “deep sound” in mainstream electronic music, we may be hearing more of Mark Knight’s music on the radio in the future.
Mark’s most recent release, The Diary of a Studio 54 DJ, alludes to his club roots. The funky, French touch melody would be just as perfect for the dance floor at that infamous disco as it is today.
An older cut, Man with the Red Face, features a sax recording and progressive build that makes it a classic of the house genre.


Lesser known, the piano riff and rising sound of Together combine for a great tech house dance record as well.
Mark also owns the Toolroom label, supporting acts with a similar sound such as Bontan and Rene Amesz. He will be performing in Philadelphia this Friday at Lit Ultrabar. More information here.

Mark Knight

Friday, September 12th at Lit Ultrabar

Before Tomorrowland and Ultra, house music lived in small, sweaty clubs. Sets would last hours, and DJs were prized for finding the most esoteric vinyl. Mark Knight, a Londoner, hails from the epicenter of this underground club movement.  Following in the vein of older English tech house acts such as Carl Cox, Mark plays tunes with a throbbing bass line, seductive vocal loops, and a groovy melody to tie it all together. These tracks are at home on beaches in Ibiza and clubs in Amsterdam, but with the recent popularity of the “deep sound” in mainstream electronic music, we may be hearing more of Mark Knight’s music on the radio in the future.

Mark’s most recent release, The Diary of a Studio 54 DJ, alludes to his club roots. The funky, French touch melody would be just as perfect for the dance floor at that infamous disco as it is today.

An older cut, Man with the Red Face, features a sax recording and progressive build that makes it a classic of the house genre.

Lesser known, the piano riff and rising sound of Together combine for a great tech house dance record as well.

Mark also owns the Toolroom label, supporting acts with a similar sound such as Bontan and Rene Amesz. He will be performing in Philadelphia this Friday at Lit Ultrabar. More information here.

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Mix Mondays
Ekali is a 22 year-old producer from Vancouver, BC whose remixes and original tracks (notably, “Another Girl" in collaboration with aywy, and his own track, "Unfaith”) have gained him a lot of notoriety in the last few months.
He describes his own music as “bass music,” and this half-hour mix is very indicative of his style. He mixes tracks from a wide variety of styles, but what remains consistent throughout the mix is a steady hip-hop beat and ear-melting bass. Throw on some good headphones and check it out. 

Mix Mondays

Ekali is a 22 year-old producer from Vancouver, BC whose remixes and original tracks (notably, “Another Girl" in collaboration with aywy, and his own track, "Unfaithhave gained him a lot of notoriety in the last few months.

He describes his own music as “bass music,” and this half-hour mix is very indicative of his style. He mixes tracks from a wide variety of styles, but what remains consistent throughout the mix is a steady hip-hop beat and ear-melting bass. Throw on some good headphones and check it out. 

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What: Jazz & Grooves is proud to announce the first show of this fall semester, Alex G with Frankie Cosmos and Bone Bats!
When: Wed. 9/10, 8pm
Where: Pilam ~ 3914 Spruce St.
$5 ADV ~ $10 DOOR ~ $15 PUBLIC
Come thru Pliam on the 10th for j&g’s first show, an indie-rock blowout with ALEX G and FRANKIE COSMOS!!! 
Get your tickets online here or on Locust Walk starting 9/4. Rsvp to the event on facebook here. 
We’ll share artist spotlights soon. In the meantime, check out the bands and get ready for a killer show!

What: Jazz & Grooves is proud to announce the first show of this fall semester, Alex G with Frankie Cosmos and Bone Bats!

When: Wed. 9/10, 8pm

Where: Pilam ~ 3914 Spruce St.

$5 ADV ~ $10 DOOR ~ $15 PUBLIC

Come thru Pliam on the 10th for j&g’s first show, an indie-rock blowout with ALEX G and FRANKIE COSMOS!!! 

Get your tickets online here or on Locust Walk starting 9/4. Rsvp to the event on facebook here

We’ll share artist spotlights soon. In the meantime, check out the bands and get ready for a killer show!

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RVDICAL THE KID - Tokyo
I’m not a purist but I’ve been getting pretty weary of the turn-old-music-into-house-music movement this year. However, this gem of a track by Baltimore based producer RVDICAL made me think twice. He has found his way into almost every summer mixtape this year with tracks like Ethereal and his remix of Twista Rain Down on Me. But this is something else. A beautiful sample of Outkast along side RVDICAL’s eclectic beats is a recipe for losing ya mind. 

RVDICAL THE KID - Tokyo

I’m not a purist but I’ve been getting pretty weary of the turn-old-music-into-house-music movement this year. However, this gem of a track by Baltimore based producer RVDICAL made me think twice. He has found his way into almost every summer mixtape this year with tracks like Ethereal and his remix of Twista Rain Down on Me. But this is something else. A beautiful sample of Outkast along side RVDICAL’s eclectic beats is a recipe for losing ya mind. 

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Mix Mondays
At 19, British producer/songwriter/singer/all around badass MNEK (Uzoechi Osisioma Emenike) has quite the impressive résumé. Aside from writing bangers such as Duke Dumont’s “Need U (100%)” (which was nominated for a Grammy in 2013 btw), producing for Rudimental and Gorgon City, and spitting out eclectic remixes of artists like Disclosure and A*M*E, he’s just your regular kid next door… yah know? He also rocks a killer hi-top.  In case you weren’t thoroughly impressed, MNEK released a quick and dirty SIX minute mix of his 90s muses. It’s quite a piece of work, check it out.  

Mix Mondays

At 19, British producer/songwriter/singer/all around badass MNEK (Uzoechi Osisioma Emenike) has quite the impressive résumé. Aside from writing bangers such as Duke Dumont’s “Need U (100%)” (which was nominated for a Grammy in 2013 btw), producing for Rudimental and Gorgon City, and spitting out eclectic remixes of artists like Disclosure and A*M*E, he’s just your regular kid next door… yah know? He also rocks a killer hi-top.  In case you weren’t thoroughly impressed, MNEK released a quick and dirty SIX minute mix of his 90s muses. It’s quite a piece of work, check it out.  

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Mix Mondays
Paris based produced Maximus MMC is stealing hearts. His style brings delicate interpretations to the experimental wave in electronic music. The airy synths in tracks like BLVK TORO and Erykah are juxtaposed by hard hip-hop bass creating an edge-of-the-seat experience. The Flow-Fi collective member has been busily releasing a stream of new music so (hopefully) an EP is in the works.
He recently made this gorgeous mix for Cargo de Nuit containing tidbits of his unreleased material. It’s a no-fret, relaxed hour for the wind-down to summer. Check it out below

Mix Mondays

Paris based produced Maximus MMC is stealing hearts. His style brings delicate interpretations to the experimental wave in electronic music. The airy synths in tracks like BLVK TORO and Erykah are juxtaposed by hard hip-hop bass creating an edge-of-the-seat experience. The Flow-Fi collective member has been busily releasing a stream of new music so (hopefully) an EP is in the works.

He recently made this gorgeous mix for Cargo de Nuit containing tidbits of his unreleased material. It’s a no-fret, relaxed hour for the wind-down to summer. Check it out below

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Mix Mondays
Here is a little energetic Japanese mix to pep up the finals blues from Yokohama’s DJ Wildparty. 

There is an end and it is near. Ganbatte kudasai ^-^

Mix Mondays

Here is a little energetic Japanese mix to pep up the finals blues from Yokohama’s DJ Wildparty

There is an end and it is near. Ganbatte kudasai ^-^

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Mix Mondays
I tried so desperately to find a mix that shook off the slow, hazy ambient theme from the last two mixes but I couldn’t resist. This week we feature Charles Murdoch, the low-key Future Classics' gem of a producer from Brisbane, Australia. His music is equivalent to the feeling of lying in the grass, under the sun, with an occasional breeze passing through. His beats are tremors, his synth lines are liquid, the two join to form a dreamy style that you can’t but lose yourself in. He made a series of mixtapes last month for radio station Triple J that captures his sonic personality to a tee.
Four mixes for four hours. Clutch a pillow. 

Mix Mondays

I tried so desperately to find a mix that shook off the slow, hazy ambient theme from the last two mixes but I couldn’t resist. This week we feature Charles Murdoch, the low-key Future Classics' gem of a producer from Brisbane, Australia. His music is equivalent to the feeling of lying in the grass, under the sun, with an occasional breeze passing through. His beats are tremors, his synth lines are liquid, the two join to form a dreamy style that you can’t but lose yourself in. He made a series of mixtapes last month for radio station Triple J that captures his sonic personality to a tee.

Four mixes for four hours. Clutch a pillow. 

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Mix Mondays
For this installment of Mix Mondays LA based Schumacher brings us a smooth, funky, summery eclectic minimix to dip our toes into. The old school jazzy sound is a  beautiful break from the head banging, drop seeking lifestyle we’ve become accustomed to. I promise it’ll be the chillest 14 minutes of your day. 

I need not say more, check it out:

Mix Mondays

For this installment of Mix Mondays LA based Schumacher brings us a smooth, funky, summery eclectic minimix to dip our toes into. The old school jazzy sound is a  beautiful break from the head banging, drop seeking lifestyle we’ve become accustomed to. I promise it’ll be the chillest 14 minutes of your day. 

I need not say more, check it out:

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Boring Ecstasy: The Bedroom Pop Of Orchid Tapes
Orchid Tapes is a DIY label based in New York that I am absolutely infatuated with. For their four-year anniversary they released this compilation of music from various associated artists and it’s everything you ever wanted from a bedroom pop record. Next time it’s rainy outside and you’re contemplating the meaning of life, pop this beaut in and let your mind wander. Or just listen to it now because it’s awesome. 
<a href=”http://orchidtapes.bandcamp.com/album/boring-ecstasy-the-bedroom-pop-of-orchid-tapes” data-mce-href=”http://orchidtapes.bandcamp.com/album/boring-ecstasy-the-bedroom-pop-of-orchid-tapes”>Boring Ecstasy: The Bedroom Pop of Orchid Tapes by ORCHID TAPES</a>

Boring Ecstasy: The Bedroom Pop Of Orchid Tapes

Orchid Tapes is a DIY label based in New York that I am absolutely infatuated with. For their four-year anniversary they released this compilation of music from various associated artists and it’s everything you ever wanted from a bedroom pop record. Next time it’s rainy outside and you’re contemplating the meaning of life, pop this beaut in and let your mind wander. Or just listen to it now because it’s awesome. 

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