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06/14/2013

ACTRESS / FALTYDL / SLUGABED

 

 

Friday June 14th 2013

 

DJ Dials, blasthaus, and 1015 Folsom Present

 

ACTRESS
FALTYDL
SLUGABED

[NINJA TUNE SHOWCASE 2013]
all LIVE sets

 

local support provided by
GHOSTS ON TAPE
MOPHONO (dj set)
BENITO
SOLAR
MOSSMOSS

 

10P-3A / $17.50 / 21+

 

Mind-bending is the word that comes to mind when thinking about the music of Darren J. Cunningham. Better known to the public as Actress, his body of work throws an Aphex Twin-like wrench into the mutating matrix of genres known as the UK hardcore continuum. Over the past 10 years he's worked to subvert convention, releasing canonical LPs, like Splazsh and R.I.P., that blend dub atmospherics, avant-techno grit, and IDM braininess into a paradoxically incohesive-yet-unified whole. Given the man's cutting-edge pedigree, it's only fitting that he'd be chosen to as the headliner for Ninja Tune's 2013 label showcase at 1015 Folsom this Friday.

 

There Cunningham will perform live with support from a like-minded roster of international boundary pushers--the first of which is New York-based producer FaltyDL. Hardcourage, his latest album for the experimental London imprint, charts a course through disparate sonic influences, illuminating the implicit connections between 2-step garage, non-quantized techno jazz, and swung-out East Coast house. Keeping with the mood of the night, his turn on the stage promises to be of the live variety, offering a moment's peek into the complex recesses of his acoustic world.

 

Completing the live portion of the evening is London-based producer Slugabed. Operating on the fringes of hip-hop and the periphery of dubstep, he's quickly risen to international status off the strength of his low frequency-heavy remix work for the likes of Roots Manuva and Pharoah Monck. His 2012 LP Time Time has only further established him as one of UK bass music's most promising talents. Check him out and wander the club's multiple dancefloors for killer DJ sets by up-and-coming local techno talents like Ghosts on Tape, Mossmoss, Mophono, and others.

 

VIDEOS

Actress 40 min Boiler Room DJ set
32,141 views on YouTube


FaltyDL - "Straight & Arrow"
96,112 views on YouTube


FaltyDL - 'She Sleeps' feat. Ed Macfarlane
55,234 views on YouTube


FaltyDL Chats at a Record Store - Pitchfork Weekly
8,672 views on YouTube


Slugabed - 'Sex'
185,432 views on YouTube


Audio Doughnuts & Ninja Tune Interview Slugabed ft Buzz Lightyear
1,397 views on YouTube



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ACTRESS

Actress, aka Darren J. Cunningham, has in the last 5 years of running the Werk Discs label set himself apart as one of the hottest A&R scouts within his field, having discovered and released some of the most widely talked about artists of the emerging bass generation, namely Disrupt, Zomby, Lukid and Starkey.
As Actress he produced the exceptional "Hazyville LP" drawing cries for a Mercury Award Nomination. He's remixed Various Production, written for the seminal techno imprint Soma Records and has recently confirmed an album deal to record on Honest Jons, the British independent record label created and founded by Damon Albarn.

 

Actress has performed stunning live shows at Fabric London and DJ'd alongside the likes of Juan Atkins, UR, Modeselektor, Radioactive Man, Dabrye, Kode 9 and Flying Lotus. DJ sets are variable depending on the night and mood, but generally programmed to suit afro-futuristic sounds of all persuasions.

 

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FALTYDL

Drew Cyrus Lustman is a musician in love with complexity and beautiful simplicity alike. On the one hand, the 26-year-old one-time sushi chef grew up playing piano and upright bass in jazz and classical groups, and cites Frank Zappa, Miles Davis, Squarepusher and Weather Report as life-changing influences; on the other, he loves clubs, loves to dance, and considers hip hop, house, jungle and UK garage to be as important as any of those virtuoso musicians.

 

Vitally, there is no sense of any divide between these influences – Drew does not see technical music as separate from music that is there to stimulate good feelings and soundtrack good times. His first releases in 2007 may have been unashamedly Squarepusher-influenced IDM, but they were tracks for the rave and not mere exercises in programming complexity, and listening to their tear-out jungle breaks now, they are unmistakeably the work of a man who dances in the studio. Which he does. And even more impressively, in his more recent releases, these precursors from across the globe and throughout musical history are tied together on the later tunes that brought him to global attention into a sound that could only come under the city lights of his adoptive home of New York in the 21st century.

 

The breakthrough with these latter tracks came when he dropped the tempo and allowed his beats to breathe, which found him a natural home on the British label Planet Mu, itself revitalised by its immersion in the possibilities of the dubstep and post-dubstep underground. Centring on the rhythms of UK garage provided the key which unlocked Drew’s natural sense of the interconnectedness of electronic funk styles, the limber beat patterns allowing him to forward from UKG into dubstep space, back into NYC’s orginal garage and further back still towards disco. The rolling rhythms of jungle were still there too, albeit sublimated, and underlying it all was the fresh-to-death gleam and defiant boom of hip hop.

 

His timing was impeccable: the ‘Love Is A Liability’ album and ‘Bravery’ EP came just as the post-dubstep underground was becoming far more fluid, and his easy stylistic shifts provided the perfect bridge between the new garage of artists like Brackles and Geiom, the cosmic hip hop of LA and Glasgow, and those people who were falling in love with house music all over again via Funky, Omar S and Karizma. But where some English producers might say “it’s all house”, he says “it’s all hip hop! Ya dig?”

 

Back in New Haven, Conneticut where he was born, a younger Drew would let his mind roam: smoking a lot of pot and “watching the paint drip off the paintings” in the Yale Art Museum, or sitting at home reading Herman Hesse’s Journey to the East and Siddhartha over and over. Now, thanks purely to those two Planet Mu releases, he is travelling in person all over the planet. Drew still has the yen to make wild jungle, and one day maybe he’ll end up back in smoky jazz clubs. But right now, he’s still as in love with current club music as the scene is with him, slipping easily between and ahead of new genre collisions even as they happen. It takes improvisatory skills to deal with a musical world that shifts and reconfigures as wildly as that of 2010 – but if anyone has those skills it’s FaltyDL.

 

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SLUGABED

Blending influences both classic and contemporary, from the outermost reaches of dubstep, hip hop and beyond, Slugabed has received unanimous praise for his first Ninja Tune releases since signing to the label last year, and there is much anticipation for his forthcoming debut album.

 

Under his Slugabed alias, 23 year-old Greg Feldwick creates music which is at once complex, deep, thoughtful and above all distinctive. It channels the energy of the best of todays bass music, through spacey bleeps and meditative melodies to explore the outermost reaches of electronic music making today.

 

Originally hailing from Bath, UK, Feldwick relocated to Brighton in 2008, where he played an instrumental role in the success of local club night Donky Pitch for which he still holds a residency. The first rumblings of appreciation from his peers came at this time, from Slugabed’s initial pool of 12-inches. Releases for the Ramp Recordings and Stuff Records labels were the first introduction for many to his work, with both records demonstrating his ability to combine intelligent and original production skills with undeniable dance floor appeal. Strong club and radio support followed from a wide range of respected DJs including Mary Anne Hobbs, Mark Pritchard, Benji B, Laurent Garnier and Surgeon as well as Tom Ravenscroft and Huw Stevens on BBC Radio 1. With an already impressive catalogue of official remixes for the likes of Starkey, Eprom and Kelpe under his belt, he also created his own unofficial version of Pharoah Monch’s classic ‘Simon Says’ which devastated dancefloors worldwide. However, it was his ‘Ultra Heat Treated’ EP, released in 2009 on the prestigious Planet Mu label, that propelled Slugabed furthest into the spotlight, winning him new support and glowing reviews across the board, as well as interest from some of the best cutting-edge record labels around.

 

Partly as a result of this interest he was offered a chance to remix Roots Manuva’s all-time great “Witness (1Hope)” for Ninja Tune’s twentieth anniversary box set. The result was one of the standouts of that mammoth collection, and made him one of only a handful of producers to successfully remix that classic cut. In fact, Roots Manuva himself liked it so much that he personally requested the instrumental so that he could use it in his live set.

 

Almost inevitably, the album deal with Ninja Tune followed shortly after. Since then, things have really taken off for Feldwick. He has played at the legendary Berghain club in Berlin as part of Scuba’s SUB:STANCE night, toured Canada and Asia, and remixed both Eskmo and Stateless for his new home label, as well as supplying another remix for the mighty Roots Manuva's 'Get The Get' single. Funny, clever, referential, sometimes moving and never anything but completely himself, Slugabed is a substantial new presence in UK bass music.