A night of smooth tunes and slow jams is going down in Lower Manhattan at Tamany Hall on Thursday, December 5th. Sea Level consists of KR and Obey City, who previously hosted parties in Brooklyn.
It is the second instalment of this event, the first of which was held on November 14th and featured a performance by Trackademicks & 1-A.O.K. (Oakland, CA / Honor Roll) with a guest DJ set from Puro Instinct from Los Angeles. KR and Obey City are resident DJ’s at this event. Featured this month are the Tennessee band Jensen Sportag and guest DJ Caroline Polachek from the band Chairlifted.
Check out this mix from Sea Level to get a feel for what you can expect at this party.
Jensen Sportag is a duo from Tennessee that just released an album called Stealth of Days (Cascine). Their site has a series of images that follow this theme. The album itself contains smooth tunes that are like fusion jazz and adult R&B from the late 80s and early 90s. Many downtempo and chill-out genres are touched upon in this release, demonstrating the diverse tastes of the artists. With sleek, modern production, Jensen Sportag delivers soothing melodies through crisp, electronic tones and skilled musicianship.
Affected vocals add an ethereal quality that builds upon the experimental elements of synth-based R&B from the aforementioned time period (like Zapp & Roger or Kleer). Elements of progressive rock and fusion in the vein of Allan Holdsworth shine throughout. Stealth of Days is both futuristic and retro, worthy of spinning alongside neo-funk contemporaries or early-mid 80s synth-funk classics, another testament to the music’s diverse roots.
Also, check out the latest tune from the featured live act Jensen Sportag, remixed by Sea Level’s Obey City.
From Syndey, Australia comes a two track release of future bass and footwork. It is very choppy, packed with truncated samples placed strategically to make abstract rhythms full of syncopation. The rhythms are also equally driven by the various samples, mainly chops of vocals, as they are by the percussion sounds.
Heavy bass tones are hammered into the beat, adding further aggression to the mix. This style of music bridges the gap between catchy and technicality. While sounding considerably more experimental than typical party music, Galea is clearly produced for dancefloors.
In an impromptu late night exchange of tunes with my homeboy John Morrison, whose eclectic taste in music reaches all genres, cultures, and eras (he also happens to be a dope producer and MC), I was shown this incredible tune released barely two weeks ago now. Released on Die High Records’ Soundcloud, it is a remix of the song New Dae by Australian producer Chu, as remixed by Lakim.
The original version, two months old on Soundcloud, is a downtempo chill track that recalls mid to late 90′s R&B ballads. The primary lead that carries the melody throughout this tune is the main source sample for the remix. Lakim is a producer from Virginia who has released on a few labels including Los Angeles label Soulelection.
Falling halfway between deep and tech house with a soulful edge, the beat has a very nice swing that compliments the rhythm of the lead melody. Vocal samples loop rhythmically beneath this. This is definitely one of the more interesting house tracks I’ve heard in a while. Definitely keep an eye on Die High Records, based out of Perth, Australia. They are releasing a lot of really laid back and trippy R&B inspired music.
STREET ART X HIP-HOP X BEATS
December 5, 2013 | 8:00 pm – 2:00 am | $8
This weekend, my crew Psy.Fi is hosting the first installment of our new hip-hop/street art event series. Curated by street artist and producer Get Up, this show highlights the best in street art with performances by MC’s and producers. We’ll be screening hip hop videos, interviews, and other related videos all night and there will be art on display from the likes of Get Up, Doug Nox [Harlequinade Art], Moonman, Bevan McShea, and Keech. There will be performances by MC’s Ask?, Skrewtape, Milton, and myself, as well as DJ sets from Psy.Fi producers Get Up and goldenSpiral.
- Mr. Manic