Four Sweaters / Vox / Acid Test / Reload Sundays presents
KRIS WADSWORTH (Berlin), Bells & Whistles, Tyrel Williams, Jimmy B.
101 6th St
San Francisco, California (CA), 94103
This event is 21 and over
Outed on the Detroit rave scene at the age of 12, Kris Wadsworth qualifies as one of the most interesting producers to be coming out of the United States right now. Having offered up a barrage of stunning EP’s in 2009, including ‘Mainline’ on Hypercolour, dubbed ‘one of the best tracks to be released this year… absolutely essential’ by Resident Advisor, 2010 looks set to be the same.
Having first heard the sounds of dance music from mix tapes his sibling would bring home from local nightclubs, he luckily found electronic music to be his ultimate creative medium after first beginning music production at age 14 and then spending years experimenting with various genres. Now, his intricate, genre-defying and deceptively dense no-nonsense style is easily recognisable and bears the stamp of authenticity.
Further laudable productions followed ‘Mainline’, for labels including Morris/Audio, Adult Only, Fresh Meat and NRK, notching up a stylish catalogue. Furthermore, in late 2009 Kris had the pleasure of remixing Steve Bug’s striking ‘Swallowed Too Much Bass’ track for Poker Flat. One of a dying breed of vinyl junkies, as a DJ it is fair to say that he knows his art, moving freely between dub-esque textures and wanderings, to larger peak-time records.
Forward thinking but with a respect for the music’s past, Kris is ardently gimmick–free and a true character – with the skill to back up his musical ethics, he’s in it for the long-haul.
Bells & Whistles
Bells & Whistles is the musical collaboration between Zack Yakovlev and Yanick Weitlisbach. Djing separately around San Diego where they both grew up, it was not until they met up in San Francisco that they started working together. Shortly after joining forces and taking on the moniker “Bells & Whistles”, the two started their first monthly party on the 21st floor of the Sir Francis Drake Hotel. With shimmering chandeliers, a breath taking view of the entire city, and a service staff dressed in tuxedos and bow-ties, DRESSCODE offered a new home to a sound often kept underground. Bringing in artists like Bruno Pronsato, Claude Vonstroke, Catz N’ Dogz, Alland Byallo, Justin Martin, Franklin De Costa, Tim Green, Maetrik, Jan Krueger, J. Phlip, Soul Clap, and Mikael Stravostrand to name a few; DRESSCODE quickly became an established and respected party in San Francisco. While Djing will always be at the heart of Bells and Whistles, it is music creation, not performance, that has been taking much of their recent time. Being able to create the sound they share is the main focus for the young duo.
Tyrel has been a mainstay of Chicago’s underground House scene for years. He began mixing records in 1999. Soon later he landed a job at Gramaphone Records where he spent the last decade building a mighty collection of 12” dance records. He spent 2009-2011 building his Acid Test residency at Smart Bar, which is an ongoing all vinyl House / Techno weekly dedicated to the true art form of DJing. Guests have included Miles Maeda, Derrick Carter, Tevo Howard, Traxx, and Justin Long. Tyrel has recently moved to San Francisco where he is a resident DJ for Housepitality and has also started his Acid Test party with Bryan Bai-ee, Miguel Solari and Luke David Nasaw.
Jimmy B has been a strong supporter of the SF Bay Underground scene for years. His events and dj sets have been catching ears since his humble beginnings in Santa Cruz, California. Later he moved to SF where he became apart of the widely known underground dj crew "Green Gorilla Lounge", and also co-founded System, and his own VOX party, it's no secret that Jimmy has his finger on the pulse of SF underground dance music.
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