Thursday, March 20 2014

Thursday, March 20th at Q Nightclub

Studio 4/4 and Decibel proudly present, a very special co-headline bill featuring…

ULTRAMAJIC / Hotflush, !K7 / Warp, Berlin/Detroit


W&O Street Tracks / Crosstown Rebels, London

with Studio 4/4 / Decibel resident

Studio 4/4 / Decibel
Advance tickets $10 (ticket link coming soon)
Doors at 9pm / 21+

Q Nightclub
1426 Broadway Ave, Seattle

holistic multi-sensory experience. “We are exploring ideas about musical shamanism, digital altars, and meditation through color and vibration,” Edgar entices.

Edgar’s fascination with other worlds has never been a secret and Ultramajic marks a milestone in Edgar’s independence as an artist and his emergence as an impresario. “Ultramajic is simply our venture to solidify what we do. The art of collaboration has been lost. In the ‘Age of the Internet,’ we have seen artists become pioneers unto themselves due to lack of communication, and I intend to bridge a bit of that gap with Ultramajic.”

In addition to Edgar’s own EPs Hot Inside and Mercurio, in 2013 Ultramajic released singles by ghetto dub artist Aden (a Panorama Bar favorite) and Creepy Autograph (one of Edgar’s many side projects). Looking forward, Ultramajic projects and releases scheduled for 2014 include the highly anticipated Silicone EP by Berlin-via-Miami bass producer Danny Daze. Marked by a harder, more staccato rhythm, Daze’s Silicone EP (out February 17th), echoes Edgar’s own shift from the festive futuristic booty bass on XXX to the more abstract, jackin’ tech-house on Mercurio and hints at Ultramajic’s deeper direction.

Also this year, Ultramajic is releasing new material by the enigmatic, androgynously-named SOPHIE who had media and discos buzzing in 2013 with an expansive sonic palette ranging from the effervescent electro-house jam “Nothing More to Say” to the bit-chip bumper “Elle”.

Tying projects back to Edgar’s Motor City roots, Ultramajic is also tapping into the Detroit/Atlanta connection. “We are developing a brand new sound with several vocalists there,” he says. “Detroit and Atlanta are cities rich with talent in R&B and Hip Hop, and we have always considered R&B the core of our music.”

Further exploring the connection between sound and the metaphysical, Ultramajic will also continue the Metaphysix series, a collection of art and music inspired by the Seven Hermetic Principles of the Universe. The first EP explored the concept of Mentalism.

In the same spirit, Edgar and Zeta will unveil a series of internet-sourced and 3D-printed arcana. “They are basically meditation cards done in black and neon, both physical and digital. They’re meant to simulate the unconscious from the philosophy of the Egyptian Emerald Tablet and ‘The Law of One’ book,” Edgar says, citing two of the many enduring esoteric influences on his life, music, and art.

Born in Detroit in 1983, Edgar learned piano in black churches as a kid and DJing among Detroit’s hometown heroes as a teen. Under various personas (including Kristuit Salu vs Morris Nightingale, and Michaux), Edgar spent his late teens and early 20s experimenting with strains of Techno, G-Funk, House, Electro, Bass Music, and even his own “software virus as music”.

By age 18, the multi-instrumentalist fond of fiddling with tape loops and found sound was signed to Warp where he eventually released 2004’s Access Rhythm, 2005’s Bounce Make Model, and 2006’s breakthrough Color Strip, notable for its use of custom-built gear and its agnostic synthesis of Midwest funk, West Coast hip hop and European electro.

Other labels Edgar has called home include Poker Flat, who released his 2002 single “We Like You”; K7! who released 2010’s XXX EP, featuring floor-fillers “Hot Raw Sex” and “Turn You Inside Out”; and Scuba’s Hotflush imprint who released 2012’s Majenta EP that included the “Art of Noise meets Timbaland” track “In Deep”, and the “Prince meets Frankie Knuckles” burner “This One’s for the Children”.

In fundamental ways Majenta heralded an evolution in Jimmy’s sound, leaning more esoteric than erotic, foreshadowing sonic and conceptual changes expressed vividly on Mercurio. Without losing its austere futuristic edge, Edgar’s body music evolved from raunchy, raucous bass into sublime, viscous, funk, dense with ricocheting vocal samples, shuffling beats, and manic synths jabs. Similarly, the artwork for Majenta, “Sex Drive”, and “This One’s for the Children” highlighted Edgar’s esthetic, reminiscent of 1980s science and paranormal magazine Omni covers. “I wanted to develop a new style of airbrushing to convey a metaphysical, otherworldly, yet familiar and subliminal feeling.”

Transcendence has long been a vital force in Edgar’s life, guiding his ascent in music and art as he maneuvered between cities, relationships, and mediums. In Ultramajic, musician, artist, and unofficial warlock Jimmy Edgar has everything he needs to transport fans to worlds beyond our three dimensions and five senses. Ready to take your body, soul, and mind on a trip? Step to the front of the line, and leave your baggage behind.

Bonding over a bloody burger at the end of 2011, Waze & Odyssey have, in just twelve months, gone from little more than an anonymous Soundcloud account to be one of the most exciting, and talked about, new dance music acts around. Along the way Waze & Odyssey have released several critically acclaimed singles for the likes of Wolf Music, Lets Play House (NYC) and Throne of Blood, remixed acts such as Disclosure and T.E.E.D., DJ’ed all around the world at clubs like Panorama Bar (Berlin), Fabric (London) not to mention becoming a regular feature in the radio shows of DJs such as Pete Tong, Annie Mac, Skream & Benga, and club DJs, with love from everyone from Steve Bug to Deetron, Duke Dumont to Horse Meat Disco.

Championed by underground house heroes Bicep, their single ‘Love That Burns (Hot Enough)’ became one of the biggest tracks of 2012’s festival season, and before long DJs from all corners of clubland were supporting the duo, from Eats Everything rocking the Waze & Odyssey remix of TEED’s ‘Your Love’ to Skream dropping their R Kelly bootleg to a packed out Warehouse Project in Manchester.

Before the year was out the duo had gone on to top the Juno best seller charts, been invited onto Pete Tong’s show for ’15 Minutes of Fame’, launched their own label, W&O Street Tracks, to work with artists such as Ejeca and Citizen, be nominated for ‘Best Breakthrough Act’ at DJ Mag’s annual ‘Best of British Awards’ and finally cap the year with a set at Berlin’s world famous Panorama Bar.

Kicking off the year with a release on House legend Kerri Chandler’s MadTech Records, the pair have already remixed Compuphonic for Get Physical, Ali Love for Crosstown Rebels and Duke Dumont’s massive ‘Need U 100%’, and have releases lined up on labels such as Tsuba & 20:20 Vision, whilst their own W&O Street Tracks imprint goes from strength to strength.

With a 3rd visit to Panorama Bar scheduled for New Years Day 2014, plus gigs around the world in cities like Beirut, Ghent, Singapore, Mexico City not to mention dates all over the US, Europe & UK; alongside a set on the world famous Boiler Room (Berlin) – it’s been an exciting start to 2013 for the pair with no sign of things slowing down.

Sean Horton aka Nordic Soul has long been enamored with artistic expression, the creation of music, and the technology that fuses it all together, much to the benefit and evolution of the world of electronic music and the underground culture that surrounds it. His healthy obsession began at the age of 11 with the gift of his first guitar. After attending a Plus 8 party in his hometown Detroit, Sean embraced underground electronic music. Today he is best known as founder, curator and president of the Decibel Festival in Seattle.

Beyond his work with Decibel, Sean is an expert deejay, producer and performer who has been turning out dance floors since the late 90s. 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. A lover of many musical styles, Nordic Soul’s interest and roots in techno, house, hip hop, jazz, soul, industrial and dub contribute to his diverse musical palette.

Since Nordic Soul’s inception in 2002, he has shared the stage with an eclectic cross section of international talent, including Bassnectar, Moby, Major Lazer, Grimes, Boys Noize, Scuba, RL Grime, Simian Mobile Disco, Modeselektor, Trentemoller, Four Tet, Darkside, The Orb, Moodymann, Green Velvet, Moderat, Gui Boratto, Monolake, Kevin Saunderson, Mount Kimbie, Matthew Dear, Scuba, Theo Parrish and Motor City Drum Ensemble. Sean has also performed at several major festivals world-wide, including Dimensions (Croatia), MUTEK (Montreal), Communikey (Boulder) and Decibel (Seattle).