Born in the burgeoning, artistic city of Athens, OH, the quintet now calls another creative community, Asheville, NC its home. Little time is spent nestled up in the Blue Ridge Mountains, though, as Papadosio spends much of the year on the road, crisscrossing the United States ceaselessly. In addition to headlining shows in every region of the country, their high-energy, technologically perplexing, and utterly engaging stage show has made the five-piece a staple on the festival circuit, with scene-stealing sets at Summer Camp, Wakarusa, Electric Forest, Camp Bisco, Bear Creek, and their own annual event, Rootwire, an inspirational confluence of music, art, science, and spirituality. With more than 100 performances a year, the band remains prolific by passing the endless miles between cities composing new material.
RüFüS Du Soul
Sydney based trio, RÜFÜS DU SOL are carving out a place for themselves on dancefloors and in minds the world over. They started three years ago on a rainy night in a Byron Bay living room. Three years ago a couple of friends found themselves alone in Australia’s Byron Bay hinterland, usually an oasis, the Bay was experiencing some unseasonably wet weather. The friends were rained in, trapped, with no food and about $23 between them. Some amongst the party decided to leave the house in search of sustenance. A couple of destitute guys picked up some keyboards and decided to jam. 14 hours later they had 2 songs and knew they wanted to make more. Legit story.
With the added element of a four-piece ensemble in 2014, Emancipator’s live show is sure to captivate dedicated and new fans alike. The newest venture will further enhance the collaborative and improvisational elements that create a far-reaching musical experience throughout the live show.
The Perfect Cyn
J.Phlip (pronounced J Flip) known to some as Jessica Phillippe discovered house music in her hometown of Champaign, Illinois, just 2 hours south of Chicago. Sometime around her 19th birthday she got her first DJ rig - two belt drive turntables and a mixer lacking EQ knobs for $100 bucks! From then on, her poor roomates were forced to listen to a constant dance party in-between her Systems Engineering studies. There aren't a lot of 4.0 braniac engineering majors who decide to become DJs instead of cashing in on their degrees but Jessica truly loves the music and has dedicated her life to it.
Blockhead Ninja Tune
Yppah Ninja Tune
Tony Simon, aka Blockhead, grew up in downtown New York City. As the son of an artist, surrounded by visual culture, he early on found that his passion was for music, for the sonic. A fan of a whole range of sounds, especially hip-hop, Blockhead steadily built a tremendous collection of tapes and later CDs from innumerable artists, a quiet accumulation of knowledge and know-how. After a brief stint as a rapper, he realized his calling was behind the boards and not on the mic – and from there he began to produce beats.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
No one in their right mind would have expected the future of soul music to come from Gothenburg, Sweden. But there it is in the dreamy, rhythmical, shifting, moody rainbow creature that is Little Dragon. Now the four-piece band, with their blend of R&B, new wave, trip-hop and even Swedish folk music, aren’t a soul act per se. But noted authorities on the matter from OutKast’s Big Boi and Raphael Saadiq to Damon Albarn of Gorillaz all recognize game—each has tapped the group to collaborate on recent and/or upcoming projects.
Kodak to Graph
In 2012, Seattle production duo ODESZA began as a recording project between Harrison Mills (aka Catacombkid) and Clayton Knight (BeachesBeaches) after graduating from Western Washington University. Their first release, Summer's Gone, was a mixture of dreamy, sun trickled melodies, glitched out vocals, crunchy drums and large sweeping bass lines. Two tracks from Summer's Gone, "How Did I Get Here" and "iPlayYouListen," reached #1 on the Hype Machine Popular chart, cementing the duo as a force in the underground electronic community.
Santa Barbara natives Ethan and Josie aka CANDYLAND began producing their own original songs back in April of 2012. After becoming the first act to win back-to-back Beatport remix contests (Skrillex “Make it Bun Dem” & Bingo Players “Rattle”) and racking up over 1.3 Million Soundcloud plays, they released their debut album “Bring the Rain” on SPINNIN RECORDS
The Orb is celebrating its unique position as one of the few names to emerge from the 1988 acid house revolution still creating vital new music with a series of special 25th anniversary UK shows. Over the last 25 years, The Orb has charted one of the most idiosyncratic paths in music, notching up hit singles and albums, sellout shows all over the world and an impressive string of collaborations, most recently reggae legend Lee Perry on More Orbservations From The Starhouse.
SCUBA Hotflush, UK
Even though he no longer lives in the country, it's hard to imagine what London's musical landscape would look like without the influence of Paul Rose aka Scuba. The Hotflush label head, producer, DJ, and promoter cut his teeth with jungle and techno equally in London, eventually becoming involved with garage and pirate radio and cementing a reputation as one of the city's leading musical innovators.
Shlohmo is the creation of 22-year-old Henry Laufer, LA-native and visual artist turned self-taught musician. As a founding member of the WEDIDIT collective (RL Grime, Groundislava, D33j, Purple, 2kwtvr, Juj, Nick Melons), Henry's early work placed him at the forefront of a new wave of rising talent amongst west coast producers.
The Glitch Mob
“If our last album was introverted, then the new one is definitely extroverted ,” Justin Boreta explains of one of 2014’s most anticipated electronic-music albums: The Glitch Mob’s Love Death Immortality, to be released February 11, 2014. Boreta represents one -third of The Glitch Mob’s core members, alongside Ed Ma (aka edIT) and Joshua Mayer (aka Ooah). Together, this supergroup trio of instrumentalist/producers have in Love Death Immortality created the ideal follow-up to The Glitch Mob’s 2010 debut full-length LP, Drink The Sea.
PURITY RING (Dj Set)
Purity Ring is a Halifax/Montreal-based duo comprised of Corin Roddick and Megan James. Purity Ring make lullabies for the club, drawing equally from airy 90s R&B, lush dream pop, and the powerful, bone-rattling immediacy of modern hip hop. Megan’s remarkable voice is at once ecstatic and ethereal, soaring joyfully through Corin’s carefully chopped beats, trembling synths, and skewed vocal samples.
Three years ago, Baths dropped his startlingly beautiful debut, Cerulean. Released on Anticon, the record blurred the line between post-modern pop and the LA beat scene with devastating emotional clarity. Its tone was as celestial as its album title, taken from a shade of blue typically used to describe the sky.