Making Time w/ Delorean, Jacques Greene, Autre Ne Veut + Doldrums

Delorean is an unheard of scenario in popular music: 4 guys from the Basque country currently based in Barcelona, free as air, high on O2, who have gradually moved away from the punk scene, and are now ready to embrace the kind of club music that a pop band would play. In 2008, Delorean became focused on the remix business, working on tracks for The Teenagers, The Mystery Jets, The Big Pink, Lemonade and Glasser, which garnered support from Pitchfork, The Fader or XL8R as well as many other popular music websites.

In May 2009, Delorean released the Ayrton Senna EP which confirmed that 2009 is definitely a good year for the band. Pitchfork reviewed both the track "Seasun" and the album "Ayrton Senna EP" as 'best new music', and NME, The Fader, The Guardian, XLR8R and ABC News also gave the record excellent reviews.

Delorean a full length album which was recorded by Hans Krüger and is being mixed by Chris Coady (!!!, Lemonade, Telepathe, Gang Gang Dance). Upon its release, they'll be hitting the road to bring their infectious music to the world.

"Anxiety in children is originally nothing other than an expression of the fact they are feeling the loss of the person they love" – Sigmund Freud

Anxiety is the full-length follow up to Autre Ne Veut's 2010 self-titled debut, which was for many the definitive post-millennial Failure Pop statement outside of time and style. Autre Ne Veut rivaled other lovelorn "missteps" such as Marvin Gaye's Here My Dear and Big Star's Sister Lovers. If you didn't hear the connection, you weren't listening closely enough.

Be that as it may, ANV brazenly decided to make it easier for people with his post-canonical return. No longer playing the role of pauper or king, Anxiety is simply his high definition arrival. Born April 20th, 1982 Arthur Ashin is the first of two children and the only son of American ex-patriots living in rural Kenya. He's struggled with minor bouts of depression throughout his life, but a year of intensive psychoanalysis helped Arthur to realize that anxiety was at the crux of his problems.

Anxiety is in some sense Ashin closing a chapter on his adolescence through song-form depictions of his own relationship struggles and ecstasies. There are club bangers on Anxiety, for sure; "Counting" a cybernetic sea shanty tips its hat to Timbaland, and opening track "Play By Play" rolls out like a slowly evolving Top 40 operetta with nods to Dr. Luke and Patti LaBelle in equal measure. But when experienced as a whole, there is an unfolding sense of confession to Anxiety.

Like a collection of photographs, each featuring our anti-hero surrounded by lovers, friends, and family and, ultimately, the world, Ashin himself is peripheral to the action. He is always a little too aware of the joke, laughing at the wrong time.

The influences on Anxiety range from David Byrne to Lee "Scratch" Perry, Laurie Anderson and Annie Lennox to Katy Perry and Rihanna. But Arthur's primary influence – and the influence most evident in his music – is of karaoke- the solitary person singing along with their favorite song. In karaoke we get to be someone bigger than who we usually are. When we sing karaoke or when we sing in the shower, we get to be gods; gods with bars of soap, gods with plastic cups in our hands.

We're going to tell iTunes that this a Pop/R&B record, but our gut says it's so much more. Anxiety is available via the Software Recording Co. February 12th, 2013 in limited vinyl edition as well as CD and digital formats.

Doldrums is a musical venture produced by Canadian artist Eric Woodhead.

As a part of a larger community reacting to overhype and plasticity of modern youth culture and it's ultimately alienating nature, his music deals with, or helps him deal with, the loss of the individual in an increasingly altruistic society. Doldrums music reflects this societal change on the personal level, as a member of the last generation to remember life pre-internet and 24-hour status updates. His androgynous voice comes across mid-panic attack, floating in a sea of chopped up samples, disembodied vocals and tribal percussion. Spearing between electro-hallucinogenic freak-outs and languid nostalgia his tracks somehow manage to elevate classic pop melodies above a sample saturated sound collage.

Doldrums gained notoriety in their native Toronto through performances at The House of Everlasting Superjoy, a prominent Toronto DIY showspace they co-ran with members of DDMMYYYY, as well as playing at flash parties in abandoned spaces. 2010 saw them release a number of 7"'s including a split with DDMMYYYY and a VHS video mixtape. Woodhead began Doldrums in 2010 by posting videos and designing websites by fictional bands online under a variety of different band pseudonyms, Doldrums being one of them, taking the name from a favorite children's book, Norton Juster 's 'The Phantom Tollbooth". The stunning barrage of text and images with the music shows a pointedly critical take of what a 'band' is, which fortunately comes across no less digestible than Gorillaz.

This year after hearing his interpretation of their song 'Chase the Tear', Portishead announced they would release his song as the b-side to their single. At the same time new tracks fell into the hands of cult London indie label No Pain In Pop and were quickly confirmed for release as 'Empire Sound', his debut EP.

Though now based out of Montreal, Doldrums sound and attitude screams Toronto, where artists like Skrillex, Crystal Castles and Fucked Up are known for challenging existing ideologies about format and genre.

His music is mostly influenced by that of his friends such as DDMMYYYY and Grimes who he toured with last spring, the references he makes to pop culture have a placed artificiallity and unfamiliarity to them. Doldrums is emotionally vindicating sonic exploration, a fractured mirror image of what our post-internet culture has become.

Doldrums is full circle from the pinnacle of pop to the depths of the underground. A revolving door going too fast to get out.

Jacques Greene

There's not much we can say about this 20 year old house producer from Montreal except that his music is incredible and it's sort of taken over our studio environment in the last months since his then anonymous demo arrived in our inbox. What time will tell is that this guy isn't a stranger to LuckyMe at all, but a good friend of ours for a few years simply growing into some new tastes. But look, I've said too much already. With his first 12", Baby (I Don't Know What You Want), dropping via our peoples at Night Slugs any time soon, you can catch The Look, a 4 track 12" EP debut by Jacques Greene dropping with us at LuckyMe this November. Get to know him. A legit young house producer brimming with ideas and deep, deep taste for techno, rnb & ukf and chicago house.

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Friday, April 12 · Doors 9:00 PM at Voyeur Nightclub Philadelphia