Monthly Archives: May 2013
It’s OK to be late, provided it’s great. Just shy of three months have passed since master producer Ichisan has given us a taste of his planetary rhythms, probably due to him working endlessly in the studio on his upcoming album. Fear not fellow space cadets, Igor Skafar, aka Ichisan, has invited us to set forth on yet another cosmic endeavor with his Hubba Bubba Mix. You could describe this one as 43 minutes of empyrean funk that never ceases to maintain a sonic flow. Keep an eye out for some highly anticipated EP’s he’ll be releasing on Eskimo Recordings this summer as well!
Silky disco producer Issac Tichauer released his new Take You Over EP this afternoon, compiled of five original mixes. Born deaf, and now a member of the elite French Express Label, Issac is a novel-worthy manifestation of an electronic music fairy tale. Sympathy is not a factor in his success however, his impressive natural ability to maintain an unadulterated flow throughout his music is almost comical. His debut 9-track Devotion EP was released last year and spread like wildfire to charts and media outlets across the globe. French Express is continuing to build it’s reputation as one of the top labels out right now, with releases being charted by artists like Moon Boots, Perseus, Chris Malinchak, and as of last year, Issac Tichauer who’s right at home in the roster.
The German/Chilean electronic duo Surtek Collective went on hiatus in 2005, only just returning last year to resume their roles as prominent techno producers. On one side you have award winning producer Vicente Sanfuentes, and on the other expert DJ wizard Atom TM, together forming an explosive display of fast-paced house rhythms and riveting synthesizers. Don’t get the wrong idea though, this is better than house music, and it represents a golden era of dance music’s evolution. Listen to this live soundboard of their performance at Primavera last year and hit the night running. Besides, these guys even look like they make good music.
What’s better than six days of festival-style shenanigans and top notch musicians from around the globe? Doing it on a cruise. Jamcruise has announced the lineup for it’s 12 annual festival event, due to set sail on January4th 2014. The ultimate party boat will depart from Miami and make its way to Jamaica and culminate in the tropics of the Bahamas. Purchase tickets for your cruise cabins may 30th!
12th Annual Jamcruise Lineup
Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang.Thievery Corporation. Bootsy Collins and the Unity Funk Band.Robert Randolph and the Family Band.Galactic.Surprise Set on Private Island.Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe.Lotus.The Wailers.Lettuce.Keller Williams.Conspirator.Keller and the Kimocks.Giant Underground Conspiracy.Dumpstafunk.The New Mastersounds.John Popper & DJ Logic.The Infamous Stringdusters.Anders Osborne.Rob Garza(of Thievery) solo DJ sets.ALO.MarchFourth Marching Band.Orgone.Pork Tornado.Bonerama.The Revivalists.Robert Walter’s 20th Congress.Monophonics.The Mike Dillon Band.Eric Krasno Band.DJ Logic.Everyone Orchestra.Alan Evans Super Jam.Brock Butler.Nathan Moore.Stanley Jordan.Cyril Neville.Oteil Burbridge(of the Allman Brothers Band).Bill Evans.Sherik.Alecia Shakour.Will Bernard.Victor Wooten.Butch Trucks.Col Bruce Hampton.Kofi Burbridge.Luther & Cody Dickinson
Ok, this time around we’ve got something special for you guys. San Francisco has been spitting out the funky beats for decades, and the local scene there is sounding better than ever. From the Grateful Dead, to The Beat Broker, to B.Bravo and his Frite Nite label, the city has never fallen short of great musicians. This week Tits & Acid would like to shine the spotlight on The Starship Connection
The Starship Connection is a heavy hitting four piece electronic funk band from the Bay Area. Composed of a bass player, keyboardist, and two synthesizer/MIDI players, their modern presentation of the style is both uniquely appropriate, and executed with precision. Picture Chromeo if they had four members and were all on a copious amount of Valium. Their beats sound like 90’s influenced cosmic funk that blankets the nerves and turns your limbs into puppets. Considering the arrangement of instruments, the limitless potential of those instruments, and the ability to implement snap decisions on stage as a live band, these guys are far from predictable.
B.Bravo has been bringing his interstellar grooves to the Bay Area for years and is no stranger to the West Coast. Since starting out as an aspiring producer/live performer years ago, he has built himself a reputable beat-making empire and earned nationwide praise for his works as a musician. Following the formation of his Frite Nite label, he has shared the stage with Flying Lotus, Dam-Funk, Chromeo, and held top billing spots at events like SXSW Festival. Never complacent in one particular area of music, most noteably DJing, he and fellow Frite Nite member Teeko set out to form The Starship Connection in early 2012.
They can lay it down slick and smooth or heavy and proper, whether you’re driving down the dark rainy freeway or hitting the dancefloor its all there and its all done right before your eyes. Keep an eye out for TSC and any other Frite Nite artists in your area. Still slightly under the radar, if you’re ever in the Bay Area you’d be wise to look these guys up.