Slow Magic, Voices Of Black
1026 Spring Garden St.
Philadelphia, PA, 19123
Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
Hailing from Chelmsford in Essex, but now located to Berlin, Germany, Gold Panda started writing beats and collaborating a few years ago, beginning a journey that ultimately saw him nominated in the BBC's sound of 2010 list and won the Guardian newspaper's prestigious First Album Award 2010 for his debut album Lucky Shiner.
Having spent downtime behind the counters of various establishments of ill-repute he consolidated the rest of his hours creating archives of electronic music. He poked his head into the world by way of a collection of instantaneously raved-about remixes, that quickly attracted the interest of various labels, blogs and taste makers, leading to requests for him to re-edit the likes of Telepathe, Bloc Party, Simian Mobile Disco, Health and The Field. In the meantime, Gold Panda began culling his back-archive of material for a series of low key releases: the first was 'Miyamae', a 12" on Various, followed by the 'Quitters Raga' 7" on Make Mine, and the third, 'Before' was released digitally and on 250 limited CDs via Puregroove, all in 2009. In October 2010 Gold Panda released his debut album Lucky Shiner. A culmination of years of work spent refining his sui generis sound, the record was released to huge critical acclaim, culminating in the Guardian First Album award the following year.
Since then he has been touring throughout the world, as well as releasing a DJ Kicks compilation in November 2011, and a handful of additional singles, including last summer's ltd run Mountain / Financial District 7".
Gold Panda begins 2013 with the release of the Trust EP – the first full EP he's released since his pre-Lucky Shiner days. That release will be followed later in the year by his second album.
For 2013, dates have already been announced in New Zealand and Australia, Singapore, USA, Canada, Mexico, the UK and central Europe. He will be performing at Barcelona's legendary forward-thinking music festival Sonar, for the first time this summer, having already appeared at the likes of Primavera, Glastonbury, Melt Festival, Roskilde, Hove, Latitude and Sasquatch festivals across the world in the last couple of summers.
A DIY project with worldwide scope, Slow Magic is universal and inclusive. It’s cosmic electronic music culled from the ether, yet crafted with human hands. It’s joyous, escapist, multi-disciplinary art that mixes transcendent performance with the nostalgic intimacy of two teenagers staying up too late on the phone.
After the release of 2012’s beloved and critically-acclaimed Triangle, Slow Magic became an international movement after touring with artists like Gold Panda and XXYYXX. Crowds found a masked man in their midst, bathed in fantastic light, with electronic triggers and a drum. The future-primitive combination infused the project’s electronic compositions with new life.
How To Run Away, Slow Magic’s debut with Downtown Records, reflects this growth, oozing both otherworldly beauty and a mastery of production. Lead single “Girls” is deconstructionist house with an organic pulse and collaged, handcrafted samples. “Hold Still” sculpts elastic organs and jazz piano into an emotionally-pummeling finale, while the melancholy “Let U Go” merges watery dub with spectral piano and “Closer” plays like a ‘90s R&B fever dream.
Slow Magic is music by your imaginary friend.
Voices Of Black
VOICES OF BLACK CONSISTS OF MEMBERS JULES BORN AND BABA ALI. BOTH JUST 23 YEARS OLD THE YARCHERS THEMSELVES INVITE LISTENERS ON A COSMIC JOURNEY THAT BENDS CONVENTIONAL STANDARDS OF SOUND. NOTORIOUS FOR SIMPLE VOCALS LAYERED OVER INTROSPECTIVE LYRICS ,LAYERED OVER INFECTIOUS MELODIES, LAYERED OVER STRONG RHYTHMS GIVES AUDIENCES A COMPLEX STYLE THAT IS ORIGINAL AND REFRESHING. WHILE VOB’S SOUND IS UNDOUBTEDLY NEW WAVE ELECTRO THERE ARE TRACES OF CLASSIC FUNK AND SOULFUL MELODIES–THE GROUP IS ALSO NOT AFRAID TO EXPERIMENT WITH VOCAL PATTERNS AND STYLES THAT HAVE ALMOST A SPOKEN WORD FEEL.