[PDX] GRAZE, STRATEGY, NORDIC SOUL, LINCOLNUP & BEN TACTIC
Saturday, September 13 2014
GRAZE : live A/V
New Kanada – Berlin/Toronto
STRATEGY : live PA
Peak Oil / Well Rounded / Kranky – PDX)
Decibel / Studio 4/4 – SeattleLINCOLNUP
Bubblin – PDX
Bubblin – PDX
Doors at 9pm / 21+ w/ ID
$10 adv / $12 dos
305 SE 3rd
Despite the skin-skimming name, Graze sink in deep. Fusing techno, garage, and the broken rhythms of contemporary bass, their six-track EP rattles the ribcage as thoroughly as you’d expect from these two. But the project also represents an effort to look beyond club-music cliches. Their music has the kind of emotional weight and musical narrative that are all too rare these days — and it does it without resorting to the same re-pitched R&B samples and rainfall noises that are all too common in “deeper” strains of bass.
The duo’s backstory is emblematic of a broader convergence in club music. Both producers hail from different corners of Toronto’s fertile club scene — Marshall from house and techno, Andersen from jungle and dubstep. The two met up in Berlin, and, as fans of each other’s work, decided to join forces for a series of “upfront dance-floor tracks” that occupy the netherworld between their respective traditions. They aimed for that elusive sweet spot — neither gimmicky party jams nor flaccid, “experimental” brooders — and they nailed it. You can hear each producer’s hallmark: Marshall’s brushed stainless steel drums and watery chords, Andersen’s glowering sub bass and spine-tingling textures. They meet in the middle with their shared sense of swing, poised on the verge between jacking house and halftempo swagger.
Strategy, a human of Portland, Oregon, in the future autonomous bioregion CASCADIA, western North America. Schizophrenic-like genre hopping all under one name: experimental, house, techno, ambient, and dub together.
ABOUT NORDIC SOUL
Nordic Soul has deeply impacted the electronic community not only through his work for the annual Decibel Festival but also by slaying Seattle dance floors year-round. His emotionally charged sets are infused with live instrumentation and ripe with the mélange of organic and synthesized tones, all riding on top of heavy bass lines. The resulting music is a living, hybrid creature with a rich sense of soul that delights in its own existence. A lover of many musical styles, Nordic Soul’s interest and roots in hip hop, IDM, industrial, and dub contribute to his current musical palette that straight drips techno into the mouths of the waiting audience, thirsty for the unrelenting madness and unabated aural penetration that is electronic music.
Since Nordic Soul’s inception in 2003 he’s shared the stage with a diverse cross section of international talent, including Moby, Trentemoller, Simian Mobile Disco, Boys Noize, Modeselektor, Apparat, Green Velvet, Bassnectar, Radio Slave, Four Tet, Derrick May, Moderat, Gui Boratto, Monolake, Kevin Saunderson, Thomas Fehlmann, Mount Kimbie, Matthew Dear, Appleblim, John Tejada, Cobblestone Jazz, Nosaj Thing, Luomo and Tipper.
Nordic Soul has released music on a wide variety of labels including K Records, Buttermilk Records, Peloton and Basic_Sounds.
ABOUT DECIBEL FESTIVAL
International Festival of Electronic Music Performance, Visual Art and New Media
Founded in 2003, Decibel Festival has become a unique platform for exposing attendees to leading-edge multimedia art from around the globe. With a focus on live performance, interactive multimedia art, state-of-the-art sound and technology based education; Decibel has solidified itself as one of the premier electronic music festivals and promotional organizations in the world. The five-day festival program averages over 25,000 attendees a year.
Over the years Decibel has hosted hundreds of events, featuring over 1,000 unique performers from over 40 countries, including; Amon Tobin ISAM LIVE (US debut), Deadmau5 (Northwest debut), Lorde (Northwest debut), Justice (West Coast debut), Erykah Badu & The Cannabinoids (Northwest debut), James Blake (West Coast debut), Nicolas Jaar (Northwest debut), Zedd, Diplo, Moby, Orbital, Richie Hawtin, Flosstradamus, Booka Shade (Seattle debut), Flying Lotus, Empire of the Sun (Seattle debut), Machinedrum Vapor City Live (World debut), The Orb, Boys Noize (West Coast debut), Modeselektor (North American debut), and Trentemoller (West Coast debut) to name a highlights.
Showcasing up to the time and timeless dance music sounds out of Portland, Oregon.
Bubblin was founded in 2009 by veteran DJs Lincolnup and Ben Tactic. The two bonded over their shared love of the music emerging from the intersection of garage, house, techno, and tropical bass. Aligning themselves with other renowned dance parties like Numbers, Night Slugs, and Icee Hot, Bubblin was the Pacific Northwest’s first, and remains the definitive, advocate for these trailblazing sounds.
Since then Bubblin has consistently thrown parties featuring forward thinking and genre defining artists such as Ben UFO, Roska, Digital Mystikz, Pearson Sound, DJ Pierre, Kahn, RP Boo, DJ Deeon, Jimmy Edgar, Machinedrum, Kode9, Kyle Hall, Zed Bias aka Maddslinky, Todd Edwards, Bok Bok, L-Vis 1990, Nguzunguzu, FaltyDL, and many more.
Beyond producing and programming top notch events, Ben Tactic and Lincolnup continue to each steadily build singular artistic and DJ reputations. Ben’s lauded productions have been released on leading labels such as Mad Decent, Dress 2 Sweat (now Numbers), Palms Out Sounds and Think 2wice. Lincolnup’s highly regarded DJ mixes have been listened to by thousands and featured in publications such as Willamette Week and Trash Menagerie. Both of them are well known and regarded as savvy, adventurous, and highly skilled DJ’s that can fully turn out wide varieties of dance floors.
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