Neon Gold/ Northside Showcase
French Horn Rebellion, Black Light Dinner Party, Slowdance (DJ Set), Lovelife, Ninifabi, Chrome Canyon (DJ)
93 N. 6th St.
Brooklyn, NY, 11211
Doors 7:00PM / Show 7:00PM (event ends at 4:00 am)
This event is 21 and over
Even in the urban wilds of Brooklyn, there may be no one else like Jean-Philip Grobler, aka St. Lucia. Originally from Johannesberg, St. Lucia grew up performing with the Drakensberg Boys Choir School. When the choir wasn't traveling - they toured Japan, Australia, Europe and more - they stayed in an enclave tucked in the South African mountains, learning everything from Bach to minimalist opera.
A young musician could hardly find better training. But musically, St Lucia's heart lay elsewhere, and South Africa was full of other rhythms. "My mom says I used to sing along to Michael Jackson," he says - an ordinary anecdote, until he adds, "when I was an infant." As a young teenager, he started to feel that he'd had his fill of classical, and it felt like an epiphany when he discovered the direct emotionality of pop. Eventually, he left the creative "small pond" of South Africa for England, where he spent three years studying music in Liverpool.
St. Lucia's journey ended - as so many journeys do - in New York City, where he started working on the tracks that would ultimately turn into his self titled debut release on Neon Gold. The atmospheric quality of St. Lucia's electronic pop is powerful, with the musician's global travels and history of secret hideaways effortlessly passed onto the audience through his dreamy, shimmering synths.
Neon Gold will release St Lucia's debut album later this year. Formerly a singles-only label that launched releases Passion Pit, Ellie Goulding, The Naked & Famous and helped launch the careers of countless others.
French Horn Rebellion
As 2009 drew to a close, for Robert and David Perlick-Molinari (aka French Horn Rebellion), two brothers born and bred in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the world was a very different place to the one that started it. Since the release of their debut single "Up All Night", FHR have been swept along by a flurry of accolades from radio, press and bloggers alike, including a Record of the Week from BBC Radio 1's Nick Grimshaw and the coveted Single of the Week slot in French music bible Les Inrockuptibles, who described the band's sound as the "euphoric soundtrack to 2010".
Now back in their current residence of Brooklyn, NY, after a whistle stop trip to Europe for a series of madcap shows and radio interviews, FHR are already planning a speedy return with "Beaches & Friends", their new EP (with a difference) and recent Hype Machine No.1 slated for a March 1st release. And with the brothers currently cooped up in their studio lairs concocting some brand new musical potions for their forthcoming debut album, all bodes rather well for 2010.
"Up All Night", released on new UK indie Once Upon A Time Records, also received radio plays from the likes of Kissy Sellout, Alex Metric, new boys Jaymo & Andy George and Zane Lowe on Radio 1 and from XFM tastemakers Eddie Temple Morris and John Kennedy. Mixmag made it Electro Tune of the Month, Artrocker gave it 5 stars for its "sparkling synths and vocal bridges of epic scale" and to top things off French label Kitsuné chose it for the highly prestigious opening slot on their latest Kitsuné Maison 8 Compilation. FHR also found themselves fans outside music circles, most notably in Graham Linehan, comedy writer (IT Crowd, The Fast Show) and member of Twitter's royalty, who tweets about the band at every opportunity.
New single "Beaches & Friends" co-written with Brazilian duo Database, friends and recent touring mates of FHR, is not quite what you would expect though. Robert explains: "The coolest thing about 'Beaches & Friends' is that the original track doesn't actually exist. It was the result of a big collaboration between us and a bunch of our friends. We and Database came up with the vocal hooks and synth lines, and from there all the different versions were created. The French Horn Rebellion NYC version, Database's Club Edit, the Twelves' Radio and Remix versions, and finally the Hey Champ Remix. Every track is a variation on a theme, a similar idea to Edward Elgar's "Enigma Variations." In fact the Beaches & Friends EP is kind of a modern-day Enigma Variations." For David: "it's a story about the search for your muse."
The media response to Beaches & Friends has even eclipsed that of "Up All Night" with continued radio support from Radio 1 including DJ's Annie Mac, Nick Grimshaw, Jaymo & Andy George and new queen of daytime Radio 1 Fearne Cotton giving the single heavy spins. Tips for 2010 in Time Out London, influential dance magazines DJ and Mixmag and The Guardian, an NME Radar feature and another Single of the Week in Les Inrockuptibles continues the press support. And on the live front a UK tour, a prestigious support to Hot Chip in New York, an appearance at Paris Fashion Week, a busy schedule at SXSW and a European tour in May including dates in Germany, Austria and Switzerland with Sebastian, will ensure the buzz continues to build well into 2010. The Oxegen, Relentless Boardmasters and Bestival festivals are confirmed with more in the pipeline.
2007 feels like a long time ago now, when younger brother Robert, an accomplished French horn player, found himself as principal horn chair of the prestigious Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra. Standing at a crossroads, and fundamentally frustrated by the demands of mastering such an instrument (that he knew would never allow him to fully express himself), he finally asked his brother David to rebel with him, and together they embarked on a life-long creative journey. That journey is well under way.
Black Light Dinner Party
Slowdance (DJ Set)
Slowdance bring keyboard and guitar and a rhythm section that can flip from a new wave throb to a spaghetti western rumble as easily as it delivers punchy indie-pop, all anchored by vocalist Quay Quinn-Settel's demure cheek and soprano dramatics. She recalled France Gall, and they did Stereolab, because language still counts (even the set-closing cover of New Order's "Consent" was not without its tie to France). Says Quinn-Settel: "I learned how to read in French before learning in English. It's half of me, it wouldn't feel right to sing in English alone. Plus the way the language shapes the mouth changes the timber of my voice, so it's nice to have both."
Other formative reference points Slowdance cite include Blondie, the Raincoats, and '70s synthwave, which help contextualize the tracks here for you to sample (the spaghetti-soaked "Spell," the coy "Sweetness," "Slashed Tires"' airy angst). Those are below, along with a mixtape playlist we asked the band to compile as the perfect primer to the aesthetic of Slowdance. Dig in. - Stereogum
Formed earlier this year, Lovelife is the product of Ally Young and Lee Newell's sort of opposites attract energy and creative collaboration. With a stroke of strange symmetry, the two met in the midst of failed relationships and freshly cut projects, themes over which they found mutual inspiration and resiliance. After months of writing and recording in remote locations around England, the duo brazenly decided to relocate to Brooklyn for an indefinite stay, playing their first shows and finding a radical new stride.
With a few completely infectious tracks already available on their Soundcloud, it's clear the project takes its R&B pop vibes from the likes of Frank Ocean, Prince and Justin Timberlake with a backbone in classic indie electro-pop. The duo hit its stride splitting duties with Newell writing lyrics and melody aside Young's production skills. Live, the project is not a producer/ computer set up, but rather a full backing outfit that delivers a rock band caliber show.
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