Shows of Note – An Electric Monster Mash

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EDM fans in the Pacifc Northwest have been a-buzz with excitement over USC Events’s annual Halloween themed show, Freaknight 2013. Freaknight has become a staple in the Pacific Northwest EDM culture and is headlined by some pretty big names including Benny Benassi, Calvin Harris and Baauer. The whole lineup is excellent, but below are our three picks, for DJs you don’t want to miss out on this year.

Metrik, (no, not the female fronted Canadian indie band) aka Tom Mundell is a London based producer who specializes in the sort or liquid-funk drum and bass that makes you stop what you’re doing and jump up and down.

Metrik

Metrik

Signed to Hospital Records in 2012, Metrik has been pushing EDM into listening arenas one would never expect. Metrik’s track “Technicolour” was used as a sound bed for Barack Obama’s victory speech on Radio One.

Metrik’s most recent works are found on his self-titled EP released in April of this year. The EP was praised for balancing aggressive bass lines with soft melodies. It appears Metrik is only getting bigger and better while fans eagerly await a full-length album under the Hospital Records label.

Delta Heavy is our second Freaknight pick and the duo is also out of London, made up of DJs Ben Hall and Simon James. The two formed Delta Heavy in the hopes of avoiding the cubicle grind and white collar lifestyle. The gamble certainly paid off for the pair as they continue to garner respect and loyal fans all around the world.

Delta Heavy

Delta Heavy

An article by Music.com cited Hall as saying that he and group-mate James feel as though bass music had degenerated into something “quite noisy and really quite loud and in-your-face.” Hall went on to state that Delta Heavy is “moving towards something a bit more musical.” While the trend of EDM may be headed in that “noisy sounds” direction, we are happy to say that Delta Heavy doesn’t mind taking the road less traveled.

On their own website, Destroid states the following:

“Bringing forth the next stage of the electronic movement, Destroid is the new mega collaboration led by Canadian bass master Excision featuring Downlink and KJ Sawka. A full-on live dubstep band executed in a way bass music has never seen, Destroid are ready to obliterate all that stand in their way.”

Destroid

Destroid

The dark EDM group combines the forces of dubstep/electro producers Excision and Downlink as well as ex- Pendulum drummer KJ Sawka, united as a full-on live dubstep band. The group can be a little intimidating to those who are not veterans of the EDM scene. Intense, loud and explosive, Destroid has the ability to awake you from a nightmare or haunt your dreams.

Feaknight has expanded to a two-day festival this year, which will be held at  WaMu Theater in Seattle, October 25 and 26. The ‘Burg will be giving away not one, but two pairs of tickets tonight (10/18) between 8 and midnight. Remember, you must tune-in to win so switch the dial to 88.1 The ‘Burg tonight for the opportunity to attend one of the most coveted EDM shows in the Pacific Northwest.

 

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Shows of Note – Chill-out Trip-Hop

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Bonobo has been electrifying the ears of his listeners since 2000, when he released his first album, Animal Magic – and his music is indeed magical.  Since then, he has continued to fuse electronic music with hints of jazz and unique rhythms.  Bonobo is a true wizard of sound.

Over the past few years, Bonobo has been touring around the globe with his live band, hooking audiences with his catchy rhythms and creative melodies.  2012 was a year in which Bonobo also found success as a DJ. The artist traveled to New York to write material for his next album, a true piece of electronic music excellence.

Bonobo

Bonobo

The North Borders, Bonobo’s latest work, plays like a soundtrack to a fantastic dream.  After pressing play, listeners will be transported into the sonic bliss of Bonobo’s creativity.  The album’s resonance will be felt long after the final track has ended.  The aura of tracks like “First Fires”, “Cirrus”, and “Ten Tigers” are habit-forming works of art.

The balanced complexity of Bonobo’s music stems from his skill of piecing together separate ideas.  As he told Berkleegroove.com in April of this year:

It’s interesting how you get these sounds, which are three-times removed from each other, but when you listen to the track you think, ‘WOW, this sounds great!’”

You can keep up with Bonobo’s latest news, tour dates, and more on his website, bonobomusic.com.  He will be making stops at Seattle’s Showbox at the Market on October 24 and Portland’s Roseland Theater on October 25.  Listen to 88.1 The ‘Burg tonight (10/18) between 6 and 8 p.m. for a chance to win tickets to the Seattle show!

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