Electronic

Oona Ruin’s Don’t Look Down

Praise be, what a lovely discovery. Oona Ruin’s vocals echo with folk notes, a unique raspy strength, combined with soothing finger picking. A haunting and catchy song that is leaving us hoping and searching for more. Stay tuned for more releases and Bay Area shows. -Michelle Kicherer, Associate Editor

   

Sofi Tukker Fires Up Stubbs On A Cold Night

 

“I dare you not to dance! I dare you not to dance!” Haiku Hands has a next-level understanding of how to get a crowd to start moving, and that sometimes means using reverse psychology.  The Aussie power-dance quartet asked the crowd to lose control while they danced, and a large Stubbs crowd was willing to oblige since most of them were their to shake their ‘rumbas’ to Sofi Tukker anyway. Haiku Hands served as a perfect opener to Sofi Tukker, stirring up the crowd’s willingness to dance on a chilly October Austin night.

 

Sofi Tukker exploded onto the stage with sexual physicality that was emphasized by pulsating rhythms and primitive percussion. If it was Sofi Tukker’s intention to coax the animalistic tendencies out of the crowd, they succeeded all too well. The throng of dancers in the crowd had created an amorphous vibrating organism of bliss.  Songs like “Fuck They” and “Mi Rumba” continued to level-up the energy with each consecutive track.

 

The beauty of a Sofi Tukker set is their song quality is strong enough to sprinkle in hits at the outset but still have enough to backload the end of the set and encore. “Swing”, “Best Friend”, “Batshit” and “Purple Hat”  all rapid-fired with out regard to the physical limitations of endurance for those who were dancing. The set would end with the duo’s most romanticized track “Fantasy” which allayed the crowd with beautiful deep house odyssey. A one-song encore would ensue in which they would play “Drinkee” and send the sweaty crowd smiling into the Austin night.

 

 

   

She Speaks In Tongues “FEELKYAH”

She Speaks In Tongues has released a new EP called “FEELKYAH”. This is primarily the work of Kate McCandless who is backed by Nigel Harsch on electronics for these two songs.

   

Dave Asher "The Power to Love"

Dave Asher has released a new single called “The Power of Love”. This a beautiful song propelled by piano and electronics, and centered around the meditative mantra, “We’ve got the power to love”.

This one really came out of no where for us and we are glad to see that he is scheduled to release a follow-up single on November 8th.

   

10.25: Grace Ives takes the stage at Rough Trade NYC

Rough Trade's stage remains one of the biggest for indie artists who come through New York, whether they're up-and-comers or established acts in the scene. Grace Ives straddles that line, as she's by no means green to creating great electropop, but she continues to attract new fans with every release and performance. Ives' next show will take place on the Rough Trade stage on October 25th; while there's no new album to support, she'll share the bill with Claud Mintz, with whom she's toured for the past couple of months. Ives' last album 2nd came out last April; take a look at the recent music video for her track "Icing On The Cake" below. - Will Sisskind