Two nights with
Fri, Oct 5
Sat, Oct 6
The Disco Biscuits
Diplo, A-Trak, RJD2, Paper Diamond, Aeroplane, Tipper, Papadosio, Tiger & Woods, Ott. and the All Seeing I (Live Band), Cinnamon Chasers, Brothers Past, Nadis Warriors, Wyllys, Alpha Data, The Manhattan Project
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The Disco Biscuits
Recorded in just two weeks not far from the band's Philadelphia homebase, the Disco Biscuits' sixth studio album Otherwise Law Abiding Citizens is their best attempt yet to capture the essence of their legendary live sets and distill it into a stereo-devouring electronic monster. On the heels of their powerhouse Fall 2010 tour, the Biscuits took over Studio 4 in Conshohocken, PA with Grammy Award-winning producer Phil Nicolo to turn out these nine classic Biscuits tracks, many of which have been staples of their live sets for the past decade. The end result is a cohesive album consistent with the band's live roots – as eclectic and energetic as any of their signature shows.
Otherwise Law Abiding Citizens was unveiled to Biscuits fans for the first time with an exclusive stealth release at the landmark sold-out Camp Bisco 10 in July 2011. Fans gathered around car stereos to blast the collection of fresh jams before anyone else in the country could hear. The album was finally released worldwide to rave reviews as the Biscuits left the stage following their festival-closing Saturday night set. The band finished out 2011 with national appearances on the Identity Tour and a crushing five-night New Year's Run featuring their first ever New Year's concerts in Chicago.
While they continued to make only select appearances in 2012, including their debut City Bisco festival at the Mann Music Center in Philadelphia, the band is already off to a strong start in 2013. Fresh off another first – ringing in the New Year at New York's Theater at Madison Square Garden – they took concluded their traditional January Colorado run in thrilling fashion at the 1STBANK Center for the first-ever Bisco Inferno: Winter Edition. Fans and band alike look forward to continuing the momentum this summer at Camp Bisco 12!
Known internationally as a curator amongst the world's most cutting edge DJs, producers, and musical movements Wesley Pentz (better known as DIPLO) has experienced a variety of successes. The last few years have been spent running through the club circuit and having chart-topping hits with refreshing irreverence. Born in Tupelo, Mississippi, in 1978, Pentz spent most his childhood in Florida working in his fathers bait shop and being turned onto music through then new mediums like MTV. Drifting North through the state came Miami Bass and from the West came the sounds of Southern hip-hop artists. The musical influence and variety coalesced, and at 18, Pentz moved to Philadelphia for college at Temple University to study Film & Music. While a student he took a job in the South Philadephia community as a social worker and created the influential Hollertronix club night, which was the beginning of his fledgling career as DIPLO.
In 2004 Pentz released his debut album as Diplo called, Florida. It received praise and accolades in the underground community. The music embodied on this album led to an introduction via an A&R man at XL Records to M.I.A. In 2004 he partnered with M.I.A. for the mixtape Piracy Funds Terrorism. Pentz's cultural impact had started to snowball. Together they worked on her first album Arular and much of her second Kala, including the 2008 mega-hit "Paper Planes," which reached No. 3 in the US Charts and earned him a Grammy nomination for Record of the Year. His production credits have evolved since to include Santigold, Lil' Jon and Missy Elliot, while remixing works by Beck, Radiohead, Britney Spears and countless others. In 2009 Pentz teamed with frequent collaborator Dave Taylor (aka Switch) to release the futuristic dancehall album Guns Don't Kill People… Lazers Do under the guise of Major Lazer, a Jamaican militant at war with an evil army of zombies, mummies and vampires.
Meanwhile, his record label Mad Decent has helped to introduce Brazilian baile funk, Angolan Kuduro and other marginalized music to clubs around the world, developing as a trendsetting force with which to be reckoned. With the same mission in mind, some of the varied acts Pentz has signed or produced include Rye Rye, Bonde do Role, Crookers, Blaqstarr, Boy 8-Bit, Buraka Som Systema, and Rusko, allowing Mad Decent to act as a launching pad or home base for many others while spreading its influence across the globe. Through the label, Pentz has founded a charity called Heaps Decent as a social relief program to help children in Australia as well as with additional efforts internationally. In early 2009 Pentz debuted his film Favela on Blast, a five-years-in-the-making documentary exploring the Brazilian slum favelas of Rio de Janeiro and the thriving baile funk music scene that exists within. He is currently developing a TV show.
Through a widespread assortment of releases and artists' works – from cumbia to dubstep to punk and beyond – Diplo has shown dynamic range with interests that span far beyond any singular culture or musical realm, standing as a working model for the truly 21st Century artist.
Alain Macklovitch was 13 when he scratched his first record. The year was 1995, the turntable was his father's, and the mixer… well, he didn't have a mixer yet. But that problem was remedied soon enough, when he used his freshly earned Bar Mitzvah money to buy himself a used Technics 1200 turntable and, you guessed it, a mixer. In the months that followed, while the other kids were busy playing sports and watching Full House, he spent most of his after-school time locked up in his basement, practicing, listening to Pete Rock, DJ Premier and Jazzy Jeff records, studying videotapes and showing his new scratches to his big brother Dave.
Two years later, with nary an armpit hair in sight, the Montreal native was crowned DMC World Champion and invited to be an honorary member of the Invisibl Skratch Piklz, the celebrated Bay Area crew led by DJ Q-Bert and Mixmaster Mike. When that crew disbanded, he and Miami's DJ Craze joined forces as the front men of a new collective, the Allies. In the years that followed, A-Trak went on to win the 1999 & 2000 ITF World Championships, the 1999 Vestax World Extravaganza and the 2000 DMC Team Championships (with Craze). On top of being the youngest world champion, this made him the first DJ ever to win all three major titles (DMC, ITF and Vestax) and the first DJ to win five world championships. At the age of 18, Young Trizzle decided it was time to retire from battling.
In the turntablist scene, A-Trak established himself as "the DJ's DJ", building groundbreaking routines that managed to push the envelope technically while remaining appealing to the untrained ear. He developed a revolutionary notation system, which allowed him to write scores of scratch patterns and solos. And his DJ battle records quickly became cult favorites, used and abused in competitions around the globe. Meanwhile, with his broski Dave 1 (now of Chromeo fame), he formed the indie hip hop label Audio Research, which built a steady reputation for putting out critically acclaimed vinyl releases. A-Trak has also collaborated with Peanut Butter Wolf's Stones Throw imprint, producing a 7-inch which was later included on the Jukebox 45s compilation.
From 1998 on, he toured constantly across the world, criss-crossing North America and Europe repeatedly, hitting Japan five times and Australia every summer. He has performed in such far reaches as mainland China, Iceland, South Africa and Hawaii. To this day, you can catch him wowing audiences at Coachella, the Red Bull Music Academy, Audiotistic or the Montreal Jazz Fest one day, and then tearing up the grimiest hip hop club the next.
A-Trak's live sets bridge the gap between boundary-pushing turntablism and debauched party-rocking. He hits you with jaw-dropping DJ routines, using a sampler and effect pedals for live production. But at the same time, he keeps people cutting up the rug with eclectic sets of bootleg-heavy hip hop, crunk, booty and classic electro, dancehall, 80's funk and anything in between. Plus he tops it all off with his signature comedic comments on the mic.
In the summer of 2004, Kanye West caught A-Trak performing at a record store in London and quickly invited him to become his DJ. They embarked on a 40-city North American tour, performing in front of sold-out 20,000 seat stadiums for two months, and then hit Europe and Japan. When Kanye came home to hit the lab, he reached out to Trizzy for some cuts on Common's critically praised album Be as well as his sophomore opus Late Registration. They are currently back on the road promoting this instant classic.
All of A-Trak's worldwide advenctures have been captured on video and are compiled on his DVD entitled Sunglasses Is A Must, to be released in early 2006. He is also in the midst of recording his first album, which will showcase his distinctive style of scratch-based and sample-heavy production as well as cameos from some of his favorite emcees, from the Dipset to MF Doom. A-Trak is one of the only DJs to truly reconcile technical experimentation with cold getting dumb on the dancefloor. And by all accounts, the best has yet to come.
RJD2 originally began his career in Columbus, Ohio, DJing in 1993 with a pair of turntables bought from a friend. He went to high school at Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center and graduated in 1994. He claims his name originates from another friend who referenced him as "Rjd2" in his raps, and the name stuck.
Originally working the role of DJ in the Columbus rap group MHz, he later signed to Bobbito Garcia's Fondle 'Em label, releasing the self-proclaimed "mix CD" Your Face or Your Kneecaps. A year later he signed to El-P's record label Definitive Jux and released his solo debut album Deadringer to much acclaim.
Rjd2 later collaborated with Columbus rapper Blueprint under the name Soul Position, releasing Unlimited EP in 2002 and 8 Million Stories in 2003. He released his second solo album Since We Last Spoke on Definitive Jux in 2004 and released Soul Position's second album Things Go Better with RJ and AL in 2006 under Rhymesayers Entertainment label.
He still continues to produce tracks, working with many independent rappers, such as Copywrite, Cunninlynguists, Cage, MF DOOM, Diverse and Aceyalone. He contributed a cover of "Airbag" by Radiohead for the 2006 album "Exit Music".
2006 also saw the release of the collaborative record "Magnificent City" with Aceyalone. In 2007, he released the solo album "The Third Hand" on XL Recordings, which he toured for extensively in '07 and '08.
2009 saw the launch of his label RJ'S Electrical Connections, and announcement of the forthcoming album "The Colossus".
*Forward is not just a direction, it's a way of life for Colorado based producer Alex B who is rolling out big tunes under the new guise of Paper Diamond in 2011. The new project finds the trusted producer moving into previously untraveled musical territory.
The Paper Diamond sound has raw energy and the kind of dramatic anticipation only a seasoned producer can incite. Driving beats and bass grab on tight while deep, rich tones rumble under layers of spacey synthesizers, sweet melodies, and catchy vocals. One thing is for sure. The energy is high.
In keeping with the way of the future, Paper Diamond's debut EP "Levitate" is available for free download from PRETTY LIGHTS MUSIC and ELM&OAK RECORDS.
Plenty, it turns out. Recorded in Toulouse, Paris, London and Los Angeles, We Can't Fly (co-produced by Bertrand Burgalat), is a grown up, dazzlingly accomplished record that showcases not just a passion for stately, soulful disco and early 80s electronica, but a lush and bittersweet set of influences that stretch from Abba and film soundtracks to Floyd, the Stones and the Italian crooners that Vito Deluca's mama played him in his Brussels youth.
Aeroplane is a one-man operation. Flying solo has given Vito the chance to flex his classically trained musical muscles: "Aeroplane has been put in the dance music category but I'm a songwriter, that's what I know how to do. I wanted to go back to proper pop music, not being forced to do nine-minute tracks so the DJ can mix in before and after." Aeroplane has never been at the mercy of traditional bpms, and being free of "the dancefloor pressure" has given Vito additional license to slow things down and look around. "I'm at my best at 105bpm," he says. "That's the speed where I make the best music. You can do more, there's more groove, more feeling."
He's not kidding. Take We Can't Fly, the languid, show stopping anthem-to-be with which Aeroplane kicked off their landmark 500th Radio 1 Essential Mix at Circus in Liverpool earlier this year. Laying gospel harmonies over Compass Point-era Grace Jones reggae, blissed-out Rimini keyboards and kiddie vocal samples, it's handsome proof that dancability and musicality don't have to be mutully exclusive. It's going to sound rapturous live, when Vito and an expanded on-stage line-up play Aeroplane's first dates later this year.
Being let loose in a proper, bells-and-whistles studio for the first time has been something of an eye-opener. "I've been recording in my bedroom for my entire life so it sounds a million times better," says Vito. "I was totally like a kid in a sweetshop." The results are spectacular – and at times intensely cinematic. The widescreen, string-splashed Mountains of Moscow is the soundtrack to the best Eighties blockbuster you've never seen, while London Bridge and Point of No Return are mini-epics of spiralling Floydian guitar riffs and plaintive Tangerine Dream synths. "That's my dream actually, writing scores for movies," says Vito. "For me the Rocky soundtrack is at the same level as Dark Side of the Moon, it's the same kind of perfection."
Another mighty inspiration was Giorgio Moroder, whose gleaming electronic scores for Scarface and Midnight Express fed into the vintage disco stylings of My Enemy and the propulsive, piano-led Superstar, which Vito describes as "Moroder meets Canned Heat".
The raucous, razor-blade rock of I Don't Feel features the formidable vocals of Merry Clayton, who backed Jagger on Vito's favourite Stones song, Gimme Shelter. "There was always this black chick singing at the end and I never knew who she was. I also had this amazing soul-funk record by a girl called Merry Clayton. Then one day they played Gimme Shelter on the radio and the DJ explained that it was Merry singing. I lost the plot and said we have to try everything we can to get her." Get her they did, and Clayton wraps her arena-sized lungs around squalling Bowie-ish riffs to impressive effect. "She killed the song, it was amazing."
The roster of guest singers is impeccable. Nicolas Ker, the frontman of French italo-disco outfit Poni Hoax, adds a sullen elan to Fish in the Sky, an electro torch song worthy of Human League, while dream-pop outfit Au Revoir Simone breathe delicate harmonies over the woozy ballad We Fall Over, and London's Jonathan Jeremiah transforms Good Riddance into a low-slung slice of honky-tonk soul.
Perhaps the most ear-catching turn comes from the precocious LA teen-vixen Sky Ferreira on Without Lies, a cover of a song by the Belgian screen star Marie Gillain. The 17 year-old Ferreira takes obvious relish in delivering suggestive lines like "When I eat cake I prefer the cherry". Vito picked her because "we needed a young voice but kind of sexy too. It's like an angel and a demon in the same body."
It's a breathtakingly diverse collection of songs, but what runs through all of them is that wistful Aeroplane trademark, what Vito calls "sad happiness". It's something he learned from the Italian pop maestros so beloved of his mum, men like Lucio Battisti and Adriano Celentano. An exquisite, bittersweet state that's neither overly dark nor simplistically happy. It's the Aeroplane way – wake up and smell the kerosene.
Tipper (Dave Tipper) is a British producer and DJ specializing in nu skool breaks, electronica, and trip hop.
Although mostly known in the breakbeat scene, Tipper's output includes strong hints of electro amongst other styles. He is known for his interest in extreme bass frequencies, with his releases often including lengthy sub bass test tones at the end. He, and like-minded people from his label Fuel Records, have also engaged in stunts like emptying a swimming pool, covering it with an acoustic canopy and enjoying the bass, or drowning out The Prodigy on the main stage of the V Festival with their car sound systems parked several miles away.
Tipper also records under the pseudonym Crunch with Mike Wallis aka Psi Spy.
Formed in Athens, Ohio, Papadosdio has been creating a home at the forefront of live electronica for five years. With a sound defined by unexpected combinations, his five-piece has wowed crowds at clubs, theaters, and festivals across the country. The band's songwriting showcases improvisational interludes and refreshing vocal harmonies with an amplified message of transendence, unity and universal understanding. How hailing from Asheville, N.C., Papadosio's mission is clear: to combine eclectic musical traditions with modern electronica to stir the hear and fuel the mind.
Tiger & Woods
Tiger & Woods are a rather mysterious twosome. Here's what we know about the production duo: Tiger's first name is Larry and Woods' is David. Oh, wait—come to think of it, those given names seem suspiciously fake as well. But this we are certain of: The pair have been causing a commotion in the slo-mo-boogie and disco-edit worlds as of late, largely through the strength of a series of hand-stamped white labels released over the last year or so on the Editainment label.
Then there was that great electro-funked remix of Hundred in the Hand's jangly disco-wave tune "Commotion," and a chugging, totally groovy RA podcast from this past winter. The rather obtuse interview that accompanied that set saw the boys (we're assuming they're male here) claiming that the purpose for their secretiveness was that "it's so easy to get to know things nowadays; for once we tried to keep it spicy like it was back in the day." Fair enough.
Looking to the future, while digging in the past, Tiger & Woods use both recognizable and exotic sources supplemented with original production to take you to undiscovered terrains that somehow feel like home.
Here's how they met: One day in a fairly dusty basement (digging for records of course), these two fine gentlemen nearly got into a fight over a nameless boogie record which is so rare (super rare!) that even the usual disco detectives hadn't discovered it yet. Actually, they still haven't. Without a name – and only identified by a test pressing sticker dedicated to the NYC-disco-DJ-legend Walter "Hot Trix" Scott – the 72-year old owner of the record store/basement accidentally placed the record on his belt-driven turntable. Turning their heads and smacking their lips, both were so full of lust to get their hands on this precious relic that they both rushed to the booth, waving their hard-earned cash.
Some Italian profanities and chest-beating later, Larry and David decided to buy the thing together (the old dude had raised the price sky-high by this point) and take it to Tiger's studio. Unfortunately, the fruit of their teamwork never saw the light of day due to a hard drive crash…and you know what they say…you can't recreate the magic of the moment. But the guys kept on working, and as they timidly presented their early works to a mutual friend (an avid record collector) he gasped: "This is what DJ Sneak should sound like today!"
BBC Radio - "Perfect Dreamy Summer Soundscape"
RCRDLBL - "Ostensibly emotive new wave"
Beatportal - "It's hard to see how Cinnamon Chasers won't become a major international name this year."
The 405 "Themes and sounds so epic that it nearly defies all definition. This is the stuff that dreams are made off"
RESIDENT ADVISOR "If your looking for the sensation of riding your bike through the air in front of the moon with a friendly alien in the handlebar basket, this is for you"
BEARDED MAGAZINE "Scifi Disco with a hyper active, space travel narrative - the sort of music you'd play if you were a manga character, shooting across a nebula, on a quest to rescue some doe-eyed moon princess"
BEATIFIC "It has that unique quality only a few producers can replicate...for a late night drive when your contemplating what to do with your entire life"
M8 MAGAZINE "inspired synth pop with lots of attention to details (think a fluffy beloved) and proves that out of the ordinary talent truly lies in the family. Loose yourself in this album"
Some bands are recognized for their outstanding live show, others for their prowess in the studio. Philadelphia's Brothers Past garners accolades on both fronts, emerging at the forefront of electro-rock with a willingness to blend various styles seamlessly into an original sound. Yet, whether live or in the studio, the art of songcraft is the prevailing element in their music.
With a sound that defies genre definition, the Nadis Warriors are taking the country by storm, showcasing their unique sound and scene changing message to the masses. One of the few musical acts to perform onstage with artist Alex Grey, their eclectic mix of musical layers incorporates Tibetan singing bowls, tablas, live guitar and keys to create an electronic excursion through healing and dance.
Wyllys has been playing vinyl since age 15 and has since built a reputation for energy-filled sets around the country, even logging in hours in Amsterdam, British Colombia, and Mexico.
The Manhattan Project
The Manhattan Project is a forward thinking electronic duo that has exploded on to the scene. Using technology from the past and present to create music of the future, the band has created a sound all their own. Analogue/Digital, Organic/Electronic. Armed with an arsenal of keyboards, synths, electronic and acoustic percussion, this live electronic duo plays what has been called "intelligent dance music". Drawing influences from dance hall, house, dub, drum n bass, techno and lounge, The Manhattan Project brings sophistication to the dance floor with their original compositions, high energy beats and mind melting textures. Live visuals by NGB create a multimedia concert experience for the mind, body and soul. Their Debut EP "Atomic Bomb Party Vol. 1" was released in late November 2009 as a free download to great reviews! The Manhattan Project features Shawn Drogan on drums and electronics, and Charlie Lindner on keyboards and synths.
The Disco Biscuits with Diplo, A-Trak, RJD2, Paper Diamond, Aeroplane, Tipper, Papadosio, Tiger & Woods, Ott. and the All Seeing I (Live Band), Cinnamon Chasers, Brothers Past, Nadis Warriors, Wyllys, Alpha Data, The Manhattan Project
Friday, October 5 · 3:00PM at The Mann Center For The Performing Arts