Friday, November 4
Blurring the lines between hip-hop, trance, and R&B, AraabMuzik, aka Abraham Orellana, is making music you wouldn’t expect from someone who has worked with Busta Rhymes, Jadakiss, and the Diplomats. The samples are there, so are the hip-hop breakdowns, and hooky synth vamps, but the samples are built for the dance floor, the hip-hop beats aren’t constructed to compliment rap lyrics, and the synth vamps are arranged in layers rather than as the focus of a track. And Orellana is the star here. “You are now listening to AraabMuzik” a sultry radio voice constantly reminds the listener throughout the hip-hop producer’s 2011 debut album, Electronic Dream. Ranging from down tempo trip-hop on tracks like “Free Spirit,” hardcore hip-hop on “Underground Stream” and dark, Zomby-like cuts “Feelin So Hood” and “AT2,” it is no wonder that Pitchfork gave Electronic Dream the “Best New Music” tag when the album was released this summer. Fortunately for those who choose to check out AraabMuzik on Friday (Nov 4) at Soundlab, this record producer is more than just a studio master. Orellana tears apart his 12 pad MPC drum machine night after night, known for having the fastest hands in the business as he frantically taps out every beat and groove. If you’re still a skeptic, Youtube him, because AraabMuzik is the MVP of the MPC. —cory perla
9pm. Soundlab, 110 Pearl St. (440-5907 / bigorbitgallery.org/soundlab). $15.
Below: AraabMuzik destroys “A Millie” on the MPC