Natasha Kmeto, Alex Burkat
289 Kent Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11249
Doors 11:30 PM
This event is 21 and over
PopGun by day, LAZERPOP by night. #pewwpeww
In a world in which upstart DiY talent is flooding the gates of electronic music, a few recent voices have been so strong as to be startling. Lapalux – AKA 25-year-old Stuart Howard – is certainly one such. As singular as a brilliant artist always should be, his instinctive understanding of the atmospheric power of texture grips the ear immediately on listening.
Lapalux was raised in rural Essex, midway between countryside and town; the classic, isolated hinterland that’s produced many a distinctive British voice. There’s a yearning sense to the record that it’s tempting to relate to the young Howard’s dreams about what his eventual escape into larger life might be. He certainly had a dream start when a shot-in-the-dark email to electronic hothouse Brainfeeder was immediately answered by label head Flying Lotus himself, who quickly moved on to sign him. To this day, Lapalux remains the only British artist on the Los Angeles based label.
Having made fans out of Diplo and SBTRKT, remixed everyone from Lianne La Havas via Crystal Fighters to Bonobo, Tawiah, AlunaGeorge and Speech Debelle, as well as supporting FlyLo and playing the main stage at Sonar and in Japan with Clark, it’s prime time for Lapalux’s debut full length on BRAINFEEDER.
Natasha Kmeto (pronounced "kuh-meh-toe") is an electro hip-hop, singer-producer based in Portland, OR. With a rich musical background in jazz, r&b, electronic and hip-hop she likes to describe her music as "futuristic soul."
Kmeto was born and raised in California, playing and touring with bands of all genres since the age of 15. She completed the Keyboard Performance program at Musician's Institute in Hollywood and soon thereafter relocated to Portland in 2007. The move helped rekindle Natasha's creativity and passion for music which got lost in the bustle and industry of LA. Here, Kmeto was able to explore and take inspiration from her biggest influences, ranging from the cutting edge sounds of Flying Lotus to the classic soul hits of Carole King. As the Portland Mercury writes, "Kmeto's found a trance-ready spot that tugs at the sleeves of hip hop, IDM, and maybe even a tinge of goth, with a singing voice that keeps the digital zeroes and ones imbued with flesh and blood." -Ned Lannamann, The Portland Mercury, April '10
Kmeto released her debut EP, "9′′ and supplemental remix EP "√9′′ in 2009 and began playing live regionally in early 2010.
Currently, Natasha is set to release her first full-length album, "Expressor", which finds Kmeto delving further into experimental electronic music while staying rooted in hip-hop and R&B. "Expressor" shows a marked progression in Kmeto's production and songwriting.
Natasha is currently at work on her next release and continues to tour. She has started off the new year with bang, playing such events and venues as Low End Theory, Flux and The Roseland Theater while sharing the stage with such artists as Morcheeba, Meat Beat Manifesto, Daddy Kev, Nobody, Gaslamp Killer, D-Styles, Baths, Shlohmo, Shigeto and Austin Peralta.
Alex Burkat began DJing over seven years ago, while at university in
Pittsburgh. Now, settled in Brooklyn—but south of the parts documented
in the New York Times Style section—he dedicates himself to music full
time, with the results appearing on records with Warp, Third Ear
Recordings, 100% Silk, and Mister Saturday Night Records. His urgent
and luminous house track “Shower Scene” made it onto John Talabot’s DJ
Sounds you’ll hear listening to Alex Burkat: hip-hop, house, techno,
disco, and dub. If a good set is all about release, then Alex is a
student of your standard five-part narrative arc (and comes equipped
with a student’s willingness to bend the rules until they break). A
music video director and producer, he understands narrative, and the
satisfaction of tension.
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