SXSW 2013 Spreadsheet 8:
Lucas has prepped his first set of electronic artists and it is a doozy, featuring a wide variety of styles and directions. Highlights:
Humans (9) - Their music fills a room without overwhelming the sonic spectrum. You can identify the discrete elements buzzing, beating, island steel, metallic clinks and leathery thuds, organs and faint strings, chants and claps.
Ryan Hemsworth (9) – Hemsworth is exemplary of a true “beats” genre. Not hip hop, not electronic, not dance. His setlists are littered with his own remix and bootleg work.
The Bug (7) - The light at the end of the corridor blurs and shrinks with each refrain by grimey rap bursts or the occasional tender-voiced singer.
Chaos Chaos (7) - If your ear can pick up the bass line, you should indulge in that for a moment, glisten in the sweetness of the lady lyrics and late-90s trance arpeggios.
Blackstone Rangers (6) - The Dallas trio Blackstone Rangers presents a promising, if not refined, tasting menu of dark, peaceful images. Lovers or friends or maybe strangers, in states of emotional disarray, tripping along a steady tempos drawn by snares and progressive sound layering. Be sure to note the interplay of man and woman vocals.
Drop the Line (6) - Dope, stadium beats. If you go to a live show, be prepared to disrobe, strip down, drop and jive, all wubby bubbly. Although more recent sets are readily available, I recommend the FACT Magazine mix #12 for a good taste. NYC’s answer to Herve and Sinden. Mix archived at: http://www.mixcloud.com/FACTMixArchive/fact-mix-12-drop-the-lime/.
Coldcut (5) - Coldcut are credited with starting the Ninja Tune label, an umbrella for a range of producers and DJs in the hip hop, turntablism, acid jazz, beats genres. An influential group that might be credited with bringing electronic, sample-based production to the forefront of a burgeoning thing that would come to be known as electronic music.
Hashback Hashish (5) - Hashback Hashish excels in downbeat, low intensity electronic mellow. The original production tracks are appropriate for “chilled” mix albums.