Injecting the energy of a real drummer into live EDM
performances is nothing new. But if you catch the duo Drummer Versus
Emulator headlining this week’s “Beats” concert, you will witness a genuinely unique show.
Early this year, Nick Zammuto surprised fans and critics
with his announcement that he was closing the book on The Books, his
avant sonic collage project with Paul de Jong and a variety of
Electronic music generally feels more machine-like than the product of
conventional guitars-and-drums setups, but that doesn't mean every
electronic artist is inclined to create work that's cold or inhuman. Dan
Snaith exemplifies this idea in Caribou.
a relatively short time, Joshua Steele has become something of a Dance
Pop/Dubstep poster boy in his native England and is well on his way to
similar status in the U.S. The renowned DJ, producer and co-founder of
Circus Records, better known by his flashier marquee name Flux Pavilion,
came to prominence last year with his big UK hit “Bass Cannon."
Honestly, if you saw the name Borgore typeset in one of
those dripping entrails fonts, wouldn’t you expect a downtuned Death
Metal corpsefest? Don’t let the name fool you; Borgore is one of the
Dubstep scene’s leading lights. There’s no dance floor at a Borgore gig; there’s the front door and the pit. Get in it.
If a duo can qualify as a “supergroup,” then Freekbot is a legit local music supergroup. Freekbot features Freekbass (a.k.a.
bassist/singer Chris Sherman of Funk crew Freekbass) and Tobotius
(a.k.a. Tobe Donohue, producer and founder of world-renowned turntable
crew Animal Crackers) in an Electronic duo configuration.
One of Kry Kids’ live trademarks is a structural complexity that finds everyone but Donaldson moving constantly between instruments and roles. Like a well-choreographed but also intuitive ballet, the switch-ups are planned and practiced but come across graceful and natural enough to not be a momentum killer.