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I don't about you, but I think that when a relationship hits a six-month milestone, it's a pretty big deal. By then you've gotten to know someone pretty well, learned their loves and hates, loved and hated them, and have had some serious good times. Such is the case with Body Heat and you. At this point, we're pretty into you. Want to go on another date tonight? You bring the flowers.
Tonight we have some special guests from a small town called New York City, and some of the best local talent around:
Voices of Black ( NYC, Wolf + Lamb)
Pezzner (Rebellion, Crosstown Rebels, 8bit)
OFDM vs Justin Collins (Classcadia)
Joel Pryde (Classcadia)
214 / J Alvarez (Classcadia, Hypercolor)
If youâ€™re unfamiliar with any of these talented artists, thereâ€™s more info and links below. We hope to see you there, and watch this space for any surprises we dream up between now and then!
keep it classy,
-Josh, Jeff, and Crystal
VOICES OF BLACK (live)
(NYC, Wolf + Lamb)
Production duo Voices of Black consists of members Jules Born and Baba Ali. Both just 21 & 22 years old, the yarchers themselves invite listeners on a cosmic journey that bends conventional standards of sound. Notorious for simple vocals layered over introspective lyrics, layered over infectious melodies, layered over strong rhythms, they give audiences a complex style that is original and refreshing. while VoBâ€™s sound is undoubtedly new-wave electro, there are traces of classic funk and soulful melodies. The group is also not afraid to experiment with vocal patterns and styles that have almost a spoken word feel.
Voices of Black first recorded hip hop mixtapes on Radioshack cassette decks after long high school days in Ramsey, New Jersey. A few years fermenting in Soho and Providence, Rhode Island with label-mate Nico Jaar resulted in two genre-spanning, full length efforts, Tomorrow's Today and Plastic Dolls. The haunted house tracks of the latter record, recently released on the Wolf+Lamb imprint, represent the duo's escape from New York's fraudulent scene of wannabe models and would-be sugar daddy's towards a more soulful future. The group continues to work towards bending boundaries and creating an innovative style of music that hints funk, house, and hip hop thus making them outliers in the electronic dance world. For more cosmic funk and warm house tracks, look out for future releases on wolf and lamb, as well as more traditional song material from the youthful yet wise duo. At just 21 and 22 years old Voices of Black will be one of the more interesting artists to watch develop and impact electronic music.
214 / J ALVAREZ
(Seattle, Hypercolour, Classcadia)
A transplant to seattle around 4 years ago from the sunny shores of florida, chris roman AKA 214 / j. alverez is actually a globally recognized producer of techno, electro, and now deep house. Releasing music for over 10 years on a variety of "it" electro and techno labels, chris as of in 2011 made a clear decision to focus on the emerging interesting changes happening in deep house. His new moniker "j. alverez " first release is forthcoming on the globally recognized imprint, Hypercolour, which launched maya jane cole's career in 2010. His second "J alverez" release will be coming on an even bigger deep house label, which will be announced later in the spring. With a foundation strongly rooted in techno and electro, Chris's DJ sets focus on bass heavy, darker, sexy, introspective deep house. One of the greatest things about hearing him play classcadia events is he usually drops his fresh out the studio tracks to test out on the crowd, before making final edits for release.
(Seattle, Crosstown Rebels, Rebellion, 8bit, Freefrange)
To all but the most literate of electronic music buffs, Seattleâ€™s Dave Pezzner may seem like a relative newcomer to the house and techno community. His debut Pezzner album, the much heralded â€˜The Tracks Are Aliveâ€™ dropped on Freerange in 2010, following a spate of releases on the label since 2008. Subsequent releases on Om Records and Urbantorque, as well as remixes for American staple labels Mothership and Ghostly International have projected Pezzner once again on to the worldwide stage.
However those that have been watching and listening long enough have probably already discovered his work as one half of West Coast house duo Jacob London, noted for releases going back ten years on the likes of Doubledown and Classic Records. For 16 years he cut his chops with partner Bob Hansen, creating eccentric house and breakbeat rhythms.
Pezznerâ€™s own work could be said to be more serious, with an abstract artistic sensibility, lofty percussive themes and intentions to create hypnotic soundscapes for the body as well as the brain. â€˜The Tracks Are Aliveâ€™ is a 13-track walk-through of his organic-sounding style, in full dance-floor mode traversing with ease between disco, house and techno.
Featuring heaps of brand new productions, remixes and originals, his live set continues to take him to the far reaches of the dance music globe, on stages including Mutek festival, Cielo in New York, Smartbar in Chicago, The End Up in San Francisco, Trouw in Amsterdam, Space in Ibiza and Seth Troxlerâ€™s DEMF party. The recent completions of hugely successful European and Australian tours signal the launch of his critical assault on the wider global circuit.
OFDM has been a major player in the electronic music scene in the Pacific Northwest since the early 90â€™s; first as a promoter of well-remembered events and later as a DJ and owner of a â€œtechno onlyâ€ management company by the name of Rising Sun Management. In 1996 Jeffrey decided to shift his focus from â€œmassiveâ€ events and focus on his budding professional career. His last party, Future Soul Festival, will ever be remembered as a truly legendary event. In true renegade fashion, the party was shut down at 3am and began again at 6am. Unable to stay away, Jeffrey continued producing and curating on a much smaller scale, founding the very successful Sundazed park parties that flourished from 1996-2004 with up to 8 events every summer in local Seattle parks while also establishing the selective, family style New Dawn renegade events in the woods of the Pacific Northwest.
In 1997 Jeffrey founded the FTF Collective, which produced fondly remembered parties and helped to launch the careers of several DJs of the time. Jeffrey, through Rising Sun Management, promoted and booked many well known and successful DJs, the likes of Disco D, Forest Green, Stewart Walker and many others. Jeffrey assumed a short role as manager/agent of Ryko recording artist Freezpop and planned a small tour called Monsters of Electropop.
With more than 15 years behind the decks, Jeffrey has established a refined palate for high quality, intelligent electronic music. With an emphasis on sexy Tech House, Deep House and Techno, Jeffrey can always be looked to for the most current and tasteful tracks.
JUSTIN COLLINS, Seattle, Classcadia
At First look Justin Collins seems like an atypical belltown guy. Tanned, ripped, good looking, Hailing from Miami, FL- This is a pretty normal look however. when he was Traveling to Spain and Portugal, he made some real friends who showed him the light of real love, and quality, next level- underground dance music. He became disillusioned with his career, decided he wanted to learn to DJ, and when he was overseas for work played several events all over the globe. Recently Justin decided to leave his career and enter a new path- get out and build roots here in Seattle. Justin is living proof of the power of quality, intelligent, emotional dance music and love can transform any man, or woman. What really is impressive about Justin collins though is not his rugged looks, its his impeccable taste in music. One night after hanging out with OFDM Justin pulled him into his car to listen to his new mix- which blew OFDM away. They both loved the same style of music, but justin's was a little different, a little more dark, and more minimal. Jeff immediately offered justin to become a Classcadia resident which many many other local DJ's had asked for. The proof is in the mix.
Jeff and Justin will be playing a hybrid tag team set, linking 2x x1's, cdj's, and running 4 decks with vinyl control and a Pioneer 900 mixer, showcasing the most current technology and what a tag team set is really supposed to be. There will be a quick changeover as they will be running all 4 channels on Traktor Scratch Pro 2.
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