5 Best Acts To See At Lightning In A Bottle
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|A photo from 2008's Lightning In A Bottle Festival|
1. Daddy Kev
2010 is the year L.A.'s groundbreaking electronica club Low End Theory finally broke nationally, thanks in large part to Flying Lotus' landmark Cosmogramma LP--and that's thanks in large part to producer-promoter-and-visionary Daddy Kev, who helped a moment become a movement. He also completely destroys live, of course. Never outside of actual combat has a laptop endured such combat conditions.
L.A.'s Daedelus is one of the most versatile producers active locally; he's as comfy chopping out a happy-poppy dance set as he is delivering crushing bass-heavy beats with an intensity remarkable even among his Brainfeeder labelmates. Currently he's pursuing a special kind of bliss and beauty with the Long Lost, his duo with wife Laura Darlington. But once his monome hits the mixer, there's no telling what will happen next.
One-time Angeleno Eliot Lipp--in fact, one-time roommate of underrated rapper/producer Subtitle--was released into the world by Prefuse 73 after a self-produced demo he sent in transformed into an actual legitimate release. Since then, he's experimented with live bands, analog synths and a fastidiously prepared kind of electronic pop that balances adroitly between 'fun' and 'fascinating.'
4. Nosaj Thing
Nosaj Thing--like 40 Bands 80 Minutes co-stars Health--was one of the connectors between the avant-beat music at Low End Theory and the avant-punk music at the Smell, and although his debut on Daddy Kev's Alpha Pup label opts more for melody and texture, he found early inspiration in the kind of experimental noise bands that push a single guitar pedal to the limit of human comprehension. If you want a quick listen into the possible future of L.A. music, there aren't many better albums to examine.
The live show for Nosaj Thing, a collaboration with Julia Tsao.
5. The Glitch Mob
Ooah, Boreta and edIT are well-known presences in local electronica, but their debut as the Glitch Mob will just barely be out by the time you read this. Drink The Sea releases May 25 on the band's own label and deploys ten by-turns cosmic, creepy and climactic beats. Fans of Santa Ana's Free The Robots will appreciate this everything-at-once aesthetic.