Chad Valley, Computer Magic
1811 14th St. NW
Washington, DC, 20009
Chad Valley are the personal outpourings of one Hugo Manuel, the balearic inclined vocalist of Oxford's Jonquil and founder member of the Blessing Force collective.
Taking a more electronic approach to sunset vibes, Hugo has made quite a splash this past summer. In his short 25 show career he's already played in Dublin, Paris, Budapest, Belgrade and Istanbul, been a big smash at In The City and supported the likes of Amiina, Mountain Goats and Foals. His music has been on every blog you can think of from Gorilla vs. Bear to Pitchfork's Forkcast, the latter of which has featured him three times in recent months and at one point in late October was the fourth most blogged about artist on the planet.
He's enjoyed a host of radio plays across the BBC and had his debut BBC session recorded for Huw Stephens' show in January 2011.
Chad Valley's debut EP is out on Service's US imprint Cascine (USA / UK / JP / Scan) and French label Maman (EU) and a follow up is slated for release this coming Spring in UK, US and Japan.
An enigma of individuality, Danielle "Danz" Johnson is her own sound. Fueled by an obsession with music stemming back to growing up in the Catskills of New York, music has always been her mainstay.
Danz joined the NYC music scene at 18 as a DJ and Promoter whilst going to Hunter College. After a few years in NYC, Danz relocated to Tampa, Florida where she began teaching herself to create music in Ableton. The result was Computer Magic – a solid mesh of space-like dance beats and personable lyrics.
Danz returned to New York and with drummer Chris Egan, who's played with Solange Knowles, Adam Green, and Turing Machine among others – started performing live.
Two years later and Computer Magic has just finished a tour in Japan, while simultaneously releasing Scientific Experience, a compilation CD on Japan's P-vine & Tugboat Records, and will be releasing a debut full length album this year.
Br'er is primarily a recording project for Philadelphia native Benjamin Schurr, employing a large host of musicians in the area to create his dense experimental pop compositions. Formed originally as a means to complete several unfinished songs Benjamin recorded for another project, Br'er quickly became its own entity after several manic recording sessions with borrowed equipment, broken keyboards and other pieces of musical trash lying around.