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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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 Dearly Beloved - EvenS Remix

When Kingdom Hearts originally came out in 2002, it quickly became the defining game of my childhood. It was the story of a lonely boy whose friends are stolen away from him by a surreal, evil power. He enlists the help of Disney characters to win back his companions. The second installment in the series was even better, with a darker aesthetic. Both games had great soundtracks which are practically begging for japanese-trap remixes; this one infuses the lighthearted sadness and loneliness from the original series with modern trap influences. All we need next is a Yung Lean collab.

キングダム ハーツ

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Mix Mondays
Abstract Youth (aka Aywy) is a 21 year old producer from Sydney, Australia (Australians are on FIRE right now) and a master at the future bass vibe. Expect hints of R&B, hip-hop, soul influences in many of his original tracks - not to mention in his sultry reworks.
His characteristic steamy, soulful, whispery style might actually dull those Monday blues.

Check out his mix for Represent FM. 

Mix Mondays

Abstract Youth (aka Aywy) is a 21 year old producer from Sydney, Australia (Australians are on FIRE right now) and a master at the future bass vibe. Expect hints of R&B, hip-hop, soul influences in many of his original tracks - not to mention in his sultry reworks.

His characteristic steamy, soulful, whispery style might actually dull those Monday blues.

Check out his mix for Represent FM. 

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Artist Spotlight: LE1F
To describe New York native rapper and producer Le1f (Khalif Diouf) as anything less than prolific would be a huge misconception. Like his music, Le1f personality is forward and raw, which has set off ripples in the hip hop community. His 2013 mixtape Fly Zone received accolade for its unorthodox sound, clever lyricism and "sassy eye-rolls", only to be followed by Tree House, a tape infused with genre bending tracks that incorporate dance, R&B and rap all into one. This year he signed to Terrible Records / XL Recordings and and promptly dropped his Hey EP in March. It was sick. A self-proclaimed “black belt in twerk-wondo”, he’s not only a talented rapper but INCREDIBLE dancer. 
Don’t miss his show in the Quad at 12:30 on Saturday. 
Brace yourselves.

Artist Spotlight: LE1F

To describe New York native rapper and producer Le1f (Khalif Diouf) as anything less than prolific would be a huge misconception. Like his music, Le1f personality is forward and raw, which has set off ripples in the hip hop community. His 2013 mixtape Fly Zone received accolade for its unorthodox sound, clever lyricism and "sassy eye-rolls", only to be followed by Tree House, a tape infused with genre bending tracks that incorporate dance, R&B and rap all into one. This year he signed to Terrible Records / XL Recordings and and promptly dropped his Hey EP in March. It was sick. A self-proclaimed “black belt in twerk-wondo”, he’s not only a talented rapper but INCREDIBLE dancer. 

Don’t miss his show in the Quad at 12:30 on Saturday.

Brace yourselves.

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Artist Spotlight: SAINT PEPSI
When you listen to Saint Pepsi's music, close your eye's and try to not imagine yourself transported to a disco floor in the 70's. It's IMPOSSIBLE. With samples and inspiration drawing from funk to R&B, his production is infectious. Check out some of his work below including his newest project Gin City. Make sure to not miss his set in the Quad for fling at 12:40 on Saturday! RSVP to the event here. 

Artist Spotlight: SAINT PEPSI

When you listen to Saint Pepsi's music, close your eye's and try to not imagine yourself transported to a disco floor in the 70's. It's IMPOSSIBLE. With samples and inspiration drawing from funk to R&B, his production is infectious. Check out some of his work below including his newest project Gin City. Make sure to not miss his set in the Quad for fling at 12:40 on Saturday! RSVP to the event here

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