POSTED ON JULY 23, 2012 BY JOE BISH ARTIST: SBTRKT
SBTRKT is a serious guy these days. Have you seen his live set up? Pretty full-on isn’t it? Live drums, live vocals with Sampha, live keys, live lots of things! It would be interesting, then, to see how he pulls off this digitally meshed-up new track Gloss, which he’s just uploaded to his Soundcloud. It’s very dreamy and happy, like the halfway point of being awake and alert and being sedated with delicious morphine. What do you guys reckon? We reckon we like it, that’s what we reckon.
MAY 27, 2012 AT 2:37 AM
(Bryan Mitchell/Special to The Detroit News)
Detroit — The three-day Movement festival kicked off its 13th year on Saturday with a crowd of 30,703 at Hart Plaza, according to organizers.
That figure is down from the 34,820 who packed the festival’s first day in 2011, when artists such as Richie Hawtin, Felix da Housecat and Skrillex performed at the festival. Saturday’s lineup was topped by pioneering Chicago house DJ Lil Louis, British drum and bass artist Roni Size and London producer SBTRKT (pronounced “subtract”).
Afternoon crowds felt especially light on Saturday, possibly due to early showers and a forecast that threatened temperatures into the 90s. By nightfall, however, crowds picked up, with Lil Louis playing to a packed main bowl and Roni Size commanding a healthy crowd at the Red Bull Music Academy Stage.
The festival comes at a time when electronic music is making a huge surge in pop music, as artists and DJs are enjoying a stature akin to rock stars. At last month’s Coachella festival, electronic dance music, or EDM, all but took over the festival, with artists such as David Guetta and Swedish House Mafia playing to crowds as big as or bigger than those from artists like Radiohead and the Black Keys.
Movement organizers made a point to not follow the EDM trend with this year’s lineup, choosing to focus on the roots of electronic music and not its current commercial successes. Hip-hop pioneers Public Enemy headline the festival Sunday night, and Detroit’s techno “Wizard” Jeff Mills drives the fest home on Monday.
With beats pounding from five stages, there was no shortage of options to move to on Saturday. But for those looking for a break from the techno and house sounds on the Beatport, Made in Detroit, Underground and Main stages, the Red Bull Music Academy continued to offer the most adventurous bookings.
Saturday’s highlights included North Carolina duo Two Fresh, a pair of DJs and rappers whose sound is augmented by live drummer Colby Buckler, and British producer Photek, whose sunset slot whipped up the crowd into a convivial party vibe. SBTRKT’s heady post-dubstep was a bit difficult for the ready-to-rage Red Bull crowd to handle, but Roni Size gave them the hard drum-and-bass edge they needed to mosh — yes, there was a mosh pit for most of the set — away their aggressions.
Amazing lenticular SBTRKT - Hold On 12”s now in!! Apologies for delay at the plant…. Get them here http://tinyurl.com/d7wccll
Released May 7th 2012
1. Hold On
2. Ride to Freedom
3. Hold On (Sisi Bak Bak Remix)
(12” Limited Edition Lenticular Vinyl/DL)
I only was able to catch the last song of SBTRKT’s Coachella performance this year, as they played at the same time as Miike Snow. It was a tough decision, but I knew I would be covering them at The Independent as soon as I got home on Monday. They did not disappoint.
SBTRKT is primarily recognized as a solo act. Aaron Jerome started in the London club scene, gaining recognition as a prominent DJ. Things changed however when he decided to begin recording his own material, as Jerome added recording mate Sampha to record vocals and perform during their live shows. The two use a combination of live instrumentation, live vocals, keyboard sampling, and electronic drums. They use a dark, but inviting silhouette-based lighting setup that removes them as the primary subjects, and makes them more of a staple of the overall scene. Their use of sharp and lively melodies and triggering creates a tone that leaves you grooving in the moment-and recalling it hours later. Their debut full-length, Young Turks was released in June of last year, and has been well received seemingly by everyone who has had the opportunity to hear it. Their sound was amazingly full for having only two performers, which was complemented by their noteworthy musicianship. The name SBTRKT signifies the subtraction of their individual identities within their music, which they hope will allow listeners to decide for themselves what they think of their work. If you haven’t had the chance to hear their music, have a listen.
-Written and photographed by Darryl Kirchner
Check out all photos:
By: March 28, 2012 at 4:00 am|