DoLab's Lightning In A Bottle fest starts Friday, and promises enough
electrifying events to recharge a mid-size hybrid. But there are some
especially special stand-outs inside that several-dozen strong
line-up. Check out five mostly-local notables after the jump.
1. Daddy Kev
2010 is the year L.A.'s groundbreaking electronica club Low End Theory
finally broke nationally, thanks in large part to Flying Lotus'
landmark Cosmogramma LP–and that's thanks in large part to producer-promoter-and-visionary Daddy Kev, who helped a moment
become a movement. He also completely destroys live, of course. Never
outside of actual combat has a laptop endured such combat conditions.
L.A.'s Daedelus is one of the most versatile producers active locally;
he's as comfy chopping out a happy-poppy dance set as he is delivering
crushing bass-heavy beats with an intensity remarkable even among his
Brainfeeder labelmates. Currently he's pursuing a special kind of
bliss and beauty with the Long Lost, his duo with wife Laura
Darlington. But once his monome hits the mixer, there's no telling
what will happen next.
3. Eliot Lipp
One-time Angeleno Eliot Lipp–in fact, one-time roommate of underrated
rapper/producer Subtitle–was released into the world by Prefuse 73
after a self-produced demo he sent in transformed into an actual
legitimate release. Since then, he's experimented with live bands,
analog synths and a fastidiously prepared kind of electronic pop that
balances adroitly between 'fun' and 'fascinating.'
4. Nosaj Thing
Nosaj Thing–like 40 Bands 80 Minutes co-stars Health–was one of the
connectors between the avant-beat music at Low End Theory and the
avant-punk music at the Smell, and although his debut on Daddy Kev's
Alpha Pup label opts more for melody and texture, he found early
inspiration in the kind of experimental noise bands that push a single
guitar pedal to the limit of human comprehension. If you want a quick
listen into the possible future of L.A. music, there aren't many
better albums to examine.
The live show for Nosaj Thing, a collaboration with Julia Tsao.
5. The Glitch Mob
Ooah, Boreta and edIT are well-known presences in local electronica,
but their debut as the Glitch Mob will just barely be out by the time
you read this. Drink The Sea releases May 25 on the band's own label
and deploys ten by-turns cosmic, creepy and climactic beats. Fans of
Santa Ana's Free The Robots will appreciate this everything-at-once