Saturday, January 29
Beats and tones. That is the essence of electronic music. Blockhead and Emancipator know this, though they take a different approaches to their music. These rising electronic artists have come together for a short, but harmonious string of tour dates. What makes this combination harmonious is the way Blockhead and Emancipator compliment each other. Blockhead’s focus is on rhythmic and body moving hip-hop beats, while Emancipator concentrates on swelling electronic tones and unique arrangements. Blockhead, who grew up in downtown New York City, spent the beginning of his career as a producer, crafting beats for artists like Aseop Rock, who’s critically acclaimed album Labor Days, he produced. Now he’s focused on his own tunes though. His latest album, 2009’s the Music Scene, is a head bobbing mixture of 1970’s influenced soul melodies and intricate hip-hop beats. Though similar to Blockhead, Emancipator’s beats are slightly downplayed and are usually twisted with unexpected, but expertly crafted tones. Tones like the synthetic harp and electronic glitter of “Greenland” from his latest album Safe in the Steep Cliffs, the swelling saxophone and miniature voices on “Kamakura,” or the sparkling piano lines and orchestral string arrangement, on “Anthem.” Blockhead and Emancipator bring their individual brands of grooving, hip-hop laced beats to Soundlab on Saturday (Jan 29). —cory perla
9:30pm. Soundlab, 110 Pearl St. (440-5907 / www.bigorbitgallery.org/soundlab). $15.