SXSW 2013 Spreadsheet 153:
While the last few sets that Lucas delivered covering SXSW EDM artists have only yielded a few highlights each, today’s set is absolutely stacked, with twelve of fifteen artists earning a write-up. There’s something for everyone here, from crate digging DJs to artists of the new electronic era. Highlights:
Skratch Bastid (8) – Skratch Bastid is a vinyl spinner that’s worth actually watching, working in and out beats like before there such a thing as a mash up, a truly skilled artist with a turntable. Rock, pop, soul and a generous helping of hip hop should be expected at a Skratch Bastid set, finding common links where no one else would even look.
Skream (8) - While only a half-decade over drinking age in Austin, Skream has established himself as a true pioneer, working in a laid back, UK dubstep atmosphere. Skream has perfected the anthem, not fist-pumping nonsense, but slow and deliberate builds with soul and grace.
Sepalcure (7) – Chilled garage bass and woodsy percussion provide the playing field for Sepalcure to experiment with looped digital tape of dub, dance, pop and soul. These laid back rhythms do suit the lounge more than the floor, so there’s many different ways one could take Sepalcure’s sound at SXSW.
Seams (6) – Seams’ music ticks like a futuristic grandfather clock, sampled mallets and chimes within a cold, twilight experiment. Double EP Tourist/Sleeper maintains an ambient pace, breathing waves of electronics like a beat-driven Animal Collective.
Slow Magic (6) – Chillwave/dream pop artist Slow Magic takes the ambience, breezy nature of his peer’s in the genre and adds a prominent, down-tempo beat to merge pop and EDM lovers into a warm, synth-hop embrace.
Mister Lies (5) – The minimal sounds of dubstep artist Mister Lies slowly grows from ambience to dense pop throughout the just-released debut Mowgli. Shakers, synths and found sounds make their way into the record with a nice artist’s touch.
Monsta (5) – UK’s Monsta bridges the Atlantic with his pop-heavy sound – bright dubstep, big chords, grind and soul allows Monsta to achieve new twists on the drop.
Rudimental (5) – A number-one European hit-maker with 2012’s “Feel the Love”, melodic drum and bass, viscous low-end and vocal cameos supply Rudimental with a soulful and accessible sound.
Shawn Reynaldo (5) – Under-the-radar San Francisco DJ Shawn Reynaldo has delivered some mighty eclectic mixes the last couple years, theming to holidays and moods alike with a variety of sound and experienced taste.
Shout Out Out Out (5) – Electronic rock band Shout Out Out Out is all about catchy power on their third record, Spanish Moss and Total Loss, a collection full of catchy melodies and drum machine ballistics.
Solar Year (5) – Canadian duo Solar Year music whispers along to a pulsing heartbeat on their 2012 EP Brotherhood, a dark, Nordic effort that twists and turns a New Age ambience.