Abstract Entertainment presents
Jamaican Queens, Helado Negro
1400 Alhambra Blvd.
Sacramento, CA, 95816
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM (event ends at 12:00 AM)
This event is 21 and over
Formed in 2005 by cousins Tom Van Buskirk and George Langford, Brooklyn, New York-based indie electronic duo Javelin crafts funky, abstract, R&B-flavored pop with an emphasis on painstakingly re-created samples and loops. The band's 2009 self-released collection of demos (Jamz n Jemz) and pair of Thrill Jockey 12"s (Javelin, Number Two) were followed by its debut album, No Más, on the Luaka Bop label in 2010. The Western-influenced Canyon Candy EP followed one year later. To record its second album, the duo moved away from homemade sounds in favor of recording in a real studio and decided to write more traditionally verse-chorus songs that could be re-created on-stage with a band. The resulting album, Hi Beams, was released in early 2013. ~ James Christopher Monger, Rovi
THIS IS DETROIT TRAP POP. Ryan Spencer pens songs with provocative lyrical imagery. These are accounts of intense violence, hopelessness, and drug use— juxtaposed with honest tales of love, a lack thereof, and the pursuit of a reason to live.
Jamaican Queens have a unique way of making the uncomfortable tolerable, and the sexually explicit accessible. Whether you are looking for infectious earworms with which to sing along, or MDMA-induced club bangers to provide the soundtrack for an evening of popper huffing— Jamaican Queens have got your back. This is post-everything pop for people terrified of reality.
Heavily influenced by the southern rap beats of Three 6 Mafia, Gucci Mane, and Young Jeezy, as well as the experimentation of Brian Eno and Lee Scratch Perry— the outcome is an urgent canvas overlaid with pop hooks that would make David Bowie blush.
This is new. This is different. From a city left behind by the failures of a once great country, this is Jamaican Queens. Welcome.
The son of Ecuadorean immigrants, Helado Negro was born in South Florida in 1980. His childhood was suffused with tropical heat, humidity, hurricanes, all refracted with the rich sounds and colors of the various Latin American cultures of southern Florida. Pounding bass beats from passing cars, boom boxes bouncing down the block, and late-night parties called "peñas" provided a foundation for Helado Negro's interest in sound and lifelong quest to discover the unlimited variety of objects used to produce music. Most recently he created a new collaborative group with Julianna Barwick called OMBRE releasing their debut album in 2012 called Believe You Me. Helado Negro has worked with Bear in Heaven mixing their Pitchfork's Best New Music album Beast Rest Forth Mouth. He also produced Prefuse 73's 2010 album Everything She Touched Turned Ampexian.
"The song is wonderfully enticing, making nice use of shaken synths to set a recognizable mood. There's an echo of John Maus' more accessible work here, but Lange's frazzled, somewhat delicate voice makes him an ideal fit for midtempo burners like these." --Pitchfork