Sunday, April 1
Hip hop can be beautiful, but usually in a rhythmic way, not typically in a sprawling, textural way. American electronic producer Teebs bucks that trend. On his latest full length album, Ardour, the 23-year-old producer, real name Mtendere Mandowa, plays with the very idea of hip hop. Evoking tangible textures through his use of percussive folktronic glimmers, Teebs subtly mixes hip hop beats and tempos with Radiohead-esque piano vamp flourishes, Animal Collective-like rains of static, and swelling stacks of Burial influenced chimes and clacking rhythms. Not only is this Los Angeles based artist a skilled musician but he is also a talented painter too, an attribute that is actually audible, as he imbues vivid color and form into his fluid, washed-out tracks. During the creation of Ardour, Teebs found himself in a dark state with no job or money, but to balance that out he surrounded himself with like minded individuals and talented artists, sharing time with the likes of Flying Lotus and fellow Brainfeeder affilate Samiyam in their mutal apartment complex in L.A. “Teebs’ music sounds like an island vacation…The way Avatar looks,” Flying Lotus said of the young musician. Whether he is using a fabric canvas or a digital one, Teebs always succeeds in painting abstractly beautiful landscapes and shapes. MNM Presents Teebs this Sunday (April 1) at DBGBs with support from Boston’s Sonnymoon and west coast beatmaker Time Wharp. —cory perla
10pm. Duke’s Bohemian Grove Bar, 253 Allen St. (240-9359/dukesbohemiangrovebar.com). $7 advance, $10 day of show. 21+.