Aputumpu presents Breakout Sessions

Denitia & Sene

Smooth like smoke from the tip of a Cuban cigar, and as sensuous as morning love, electro-soul duo denitia & sene not only exude sexy through their music, they invent it. The Brooklyn-based musicians came together a year ago with a shared vision to bring truth and ingenuity to stylistic music, and they've held their ambitions high ever since. Simple. Rare. Sumptuous. Bold. They've been influenced by a range of sonic proclivities. Thus, their work is distinguished not by genre, but attention to free verse, and the magic that transpires between darkness and light. It's film noir for audiophiles – chic, hip and alluring – and together, they have broken down personal limits to forge a bond surpassing all expectations.

In true Brooklyn custom, the two artists met while attending a party one night at a spot they refer to as the "The Clubhouse," an old Victorian home serving as a residence, community space, and recording studio for a collective of local artists. Sene, a rapper, was looking for someone to sing hooks on his new album, and denitia, a singer-songwriter, welcomed the challenge. He gave her the scratch vocals; she nailed it and then some; and suddenly, they were part of the New York fairytale so many artists call a dream. It's Brooklyn at its finest – it's serendipity. It's denitia & sene.

After their initial collaboration went better than expected, denitia & sene decided to take it one step further and form a twosome, allowing sene, a Brooklyn native, to tap into his musical skills beyond hip hop, and denitia to explore a more sultry, theatrical side of her character. Both were inspired by a variety of artists and backgrounds, listing Sade, the Fugees, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, The Beatles, and Janet Jackson as a few of their shared favorites. Such diversity is reflected in the dynamism of their own sound, from smooth bass lines and reverberating vocals to synth-laden blues and abbreviated narratives. It's kind of like nothing else out there, and that is the intention.

denitia and sene's first EP, blah blah blah was released in August and presented by OkayPlayer.com, a three-track assortment blending definitive soul with electronic bebop. Their track "Casanova" won the attention of many music tastemasters, with Fader magazine calling it "an effortless, snuggly gem primed for late Saturday mornings tangled in rumpled covers." Because their partnership has been effortless and magical from the get, they intend to continue down the same track, aiming to create authentic and intuitive music that is accessible to a wide variety of people. No fronts and no concessions – it follows only the rules they set for themselves, compromising nothing that might contradict their signature sweet panache.

Conveyor is a Brooklyn-based music project spawned by the fated juncture of a wandering tarot of musicians in Gainesville, FL. Was it kismet or perhaps a primordial summon which led these gentlemen purveyors of sound to individually tune in and migrate North to the bustling seductress known as New York CIty? Their retort is Sun Ray, a debut EP birthed and released in the warm embrace of Spring 2011. Brimming with lucid, homey synths layered over acoustic guitars and harmonious vocals, they channel extraterrestrial bible-thumpers drenched in love, spouting acid-soaked pop unabashed to beam with the simultaneous embrace of life/death realities backed by a polyrhythmic, pulsing backdrop. A decidedly grand task indeed, and following a string of self-released, handmade EPs, they are releasing their debut full-length album in 2012 with Brooklyn's Paper Garden Records, a testament to our nature and the nature of ourselves.

Osekre and the Lucky Bastards

"This Afro-indie band can’t be pinned to any one genre but instead transcends all, with lyrical and reflective beats. The band “turns local sounds global and brings global sounds local” with its clear African influence, but its sound goes beyond this, creating a universal funk that anyone would want to jam to.

Lightouts

It started with a want ad, plastered across the board of a post-industrial space near the Gowanus Canal. The request? Quite simple: "Robert Smith/Emily Haines, where are you?" The kind of thing you'd expect from a New Mexico native who studied the Cure's bleak but beautiful hooks at a time when riff-raking guitar heroes were all the rage.

"People would always say, 'Why would you want to play like Robert Smith?'" explains Lightouts founder Gavin Rhodes, last heard in the one-man band Honeypower. "'Wouldn't you rather learn how to shred instead?"

Not quite. More like become the instrument-swapping backbone of a fuzz-flecked band like the Jesus & Mary Chain. Enter Greg Nelson, the only sane person who answered Rhodes' call. Luckily he was exactly what Lightouts needed: a seasoned member of the NYC music scene with the war stories to prove it. (Let's just say Lady GaGa opened up for him at a Lower East Side club in 2007.) More importantly, Nelson's a natural at toeing the line between darkness and light, as exemplified by the sky-scraping choruses of "See Clear," the sinewy melodies of "The Eloise Suite," and the vapor trail verses of "Dress Shop."

All part of a loosely-linked concept album—Want, a meditation on what it means to follow our instincts—that'll be prefaced by a series of singles in the coming months. The idea being a brief return to an era where A and B-sides actually meant something, right down to the duo's highly reverential deep-cut covers of the Stone Roses, Joy Division, and more.

"While we've been compared to everyone from the Hold Steady to Surfer Blood," explains Rhodes, "Our retro touchstones are rock bands from the early '90s."

Beyond that, Lightouts' first proper recordings are a byproduct of the band's home base in Brooklyn. We're not talking about Williamsburg or any of the borough's other painfully hip environs here, either. Try Gowanus, an area that's full of airy art studios, pockmarked apartment buildings, and a canal that's dirtier than your kitchen sink after a potluck presentation of Thanksgiving.

"There's a sick pulse running through it," says Nelson. "Some people might not find it attractive, but I love its sense of space and openness. Its desolation is beautiful."

And so is Lightouts' moonlit blend of steam-pressed beats, cauterized power chords and lean bass lines. Not to mention a crucial call-and-response chemistry that's quite surprising considering the duo—yep, a duo's responsible for every last deftly layered track—formed less than a year ago.

"I like bands who sound like Animal Collective and Yeasayer," admits Nelson, "But we're not part of the new primitive movement, you know? We're going for something that's tighter and more structured."

"Like Smashing Pumpkins," adds Rhodes, "When they were good."

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Aputumpu presents Breakout Sessions with Osekre and the Lucky Bastards, Lightouts

Friday, July 26 · Doors 8:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM at Shea Stadium