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Erykah Badu is someone that fearlessly embraces change, re-inventing herself time and time again. Her aesthetic inspires the free thinkers, and the lovers of jazz, R&B, hip hop and all things soulful. For those interested in their roots, Badu exemplifies a strong appreciation of the past. Her work combines African influences, various spiritual ideologies , as well as Egyptian culture and Southern African folk traditions. To all you out there striving to bring something positive into the world, Erykah Badu is your girl. I am eagerly awaiting her performance tonight at Decibel Festival’s Renegades of Funk showcase. See Badu alongside The Cannabinoids and The Starship Connection, at The Paramount Theatre (TIX).


Never complacent, Erykah has moved into yet another untapped area. Taking a group of musicians, DJ’s and beat makers she has empowered them with an array of musical tools (3 turntables, 6 keyboards, 4 drum machines, a theramin, 8 laptops), creating an electronic orchestra of sorts. Together this crew, known as The Cannabinoids,will showcase a live remix set of Badu’s work. This is a re-imagined presentation of Erykah Badu’s diverse style and influences, centered around a concept of improvisation.

The theme of tonight’s show takes you deep inside the human brain. You may not know this, but inside your head there are cannabinoid receptors. Research has shown that these specific proteins in your brain are responsible for the euphoric effects of cannabis (“Marijuana consists of the dried flowers of Cannabis plants selectively bred to produce high levels of THC and other psychoactive cannabinoids”). Each artist on stage will become one of these cannabinoids; creating a joyous, psychedelic live hip hop extravaganza for you and friends.


As if that wasn’t enough, Erykah Badu will then head to the RBMA After Hours, to perform a DJ SET at Q (Pike & Broadway, Capitol Hill Seattle). If you missed my post mentioning Q, let me reiterate that it blows away every club in Seattle, and possibly the north west. Doors are at 2:00 am, 21+. Also on the lineup, B. Bravo with Justice & Treasure. Here’s a link to TIX


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– Jimi Jaxon 


I am blowin’ this Friends of Friends showcase UP. You’ll notice that below this interview with showcase performer Groundislava, I’ve chosen FoF as THE show to see on the final day of Decibel Festival 2012 (The Baltic Room, 9/30, 21+). Here’s the FB event, if you plan on coming, invite your buddies. Now onto my conversation with Groundislava; covering the Feel Me album art, video game soundtracks and the vibe of his upcoming Seattle show with Shlohmo, LOL Boys, Salva and Lazy Brow. 


DD Hi Groundislava. What are you up to right now?

GIL I’m watching some movie with Liam Neeson and eating soup, and answering these questions, of course. I’m feeling a little under the weather.

DD Congratulations on Feel Me getting its release. Who designed the rad artwork for this lp?

GIL My brother designed all the art for this album, as well as my last LP and both my EPs. He’s a very talented visual artist. I’m working with him on a new music video as well.

DD I haven’t been to LA since I was very little. If I were to come down to your area, where would we hang out and get food? From reading your Twitter, I take it we won’t be stopping by Whole Foods..

GIL Whole Foods annoys me because it’s really great and convenient, but its absurdly expensive. If you were here I’d probably take you to koreatown and we’d get some korean BBQ or tofu soup. Koreatown is probably my favorite part of LA to hang out in, as well. There’s lots of great places to drink or do karaoke or whatever. 

DD I’ve got your Soundcloud going while I play N64. It’s making my Super Smash Bros. battle a lot more emotional. What video game soundtracks stand out to you most? 

GIL There’s a lot of great ones that I’ve been interested in. And now, with youtube being what it is, I find so many more great songs and full soundtracks. I really enjoy the soundtracks for Bomberman 64 and Bomberman Hero, Chrono Trigger, Pilot Wings… there’s a lot more.


DD Disco Droppings has chosen the Friends of Friends showcase as it’s top pick, for Decibel Festival 2012’s final night. For those thinking about stopping by your show, what’s the vibe going to be like?

GIL FoF kinda nails it on all fronts, and there’s really something for everyone. We have all sorts of sounds and vibes, but it’s all really fun shit. We never just go up and play whatever the hottest tracks are, and we all have really interesting catalogs. Expect a party :]


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– Jimi Jaxon

For the final day of Decibel, I choose the Friends of Friends showcase (Fb). This 21+ party happens at The Baltic Room, with sets from Shlohmo, Salva, Groundislava, LOL Boys and Lazy Brow. Back in 2010, I met Henry Laufer aka Shlohmo outside of Neumos after his Decibel set. He wasn’t 21 at the time, so the venue booted him out. On the positive side I got to hang out with him, and soon after, a Shlohmo interview appeared on Disco Droppings. Those that get hyped on variations of hip-hop, and the environments created by The Weeknd, Flying Lotus and Baths should swing by The Baltic Room on 9/30.


It’s difficult to create a worthy remix for Wheez-ie’s “Keep Yer Chin Up”. I say that because the original is so fucking incredible. Leave it Salva to come up with something magical. Groundislava has a new album out entitled Feel Me on Friends of Friends. His superb XLR8R mix can be heard ova here. The track selection, mixing and dreamy narrative fit snugly together. Lazy Brow is the label head of FoF, and he starts off the night with a DJ set. 



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– Jimi Jaxon 


See Gulls live at the “XLR8R Presents” showcase with Actress, Teengirl Fantasy and Ghosts on Tape. This show happens Friday September 28th at The Baltic Room, 21+ (TIX). Interview below.


DD Hello Gulls, how are you?

G Hey good morning. I’m good, enjoying these last days of NW summer, sipping tea, and at the moment listening to Ras G. 

DD Disco Droppings chose the XLR8R Presents showcase for Day #3 of Decibel Festival 2012. You’ll be opening this show, supporting Actress and Teengirl Fantasy. Are you familiar with their music? 

G Yeah.  I have been listening to Actress’s music for several years. I love the deep space that he brings, and the unpredictability in his tones and sequencing. Teengirl Fantasy is new to me, but I am looking forward to seeing them live, as they are avid hardware users. Between myself and them, The MPC 1000 will be well represented on this night!! Nothing sounds better than an MPC on a BIG system!

DD What role does improvisation play in your live performances? 

G Improv is probably 80% of what I do live, between building patterns in real time, live arrangement/deconstruction/composition, and analog dub style mixing. Often I sketch out parts, melodies, etc. beforehand, but I try to keep the live set as real time as possible. Although things never end up going the way I planned, the vulnerability of improv is really where the fun is. Chasing those frequencies all over a huge sound system is a joyous thrill.


DD You are the founder of Boomarm Nation, an experimental label from Portland, Oregon. What got you interested in starting this collective? 

G I wanted to create an outpost for the sounds that I feel are essential and important to a sort of global sound system evolution. Experimental approaches to sound system music are important, now more than ever. As they can help push and pull at peoples ideas and expectations of how sound and rhythm can work together.  

DD Your bio says that every track is built entirely from the ground up. Can you explain this process? 

G Often I will start a tune based off of melodies that I write on guitar or trumpet. I try to record parts in the first take so that they don’t lose the vibe of the moment the came from. Then I translate them to MIDI or re-sample my self playing the parts on various other instruments. The goal being to use my own musicianship as the source material, rather than sampling other peoples’ work.  Don’t, get me wrong… there is a place for that too!! But I come from a background of playing instruments, and it’s important for me to translate that feeling into my music.


DD Talk a bit about your Running Times EP, recently released on Boomarm Nation. I see that you can get it on vinyl, cassette or digitally.

G Yeah. In July, Boomarm Nation released the vinyl in a limited run of 200. Followed by a short run of cassettes. Both are still available, but are going fast.  The digital version was released worldwide in August, and is available from all major digital download retailers. The cassette and digital versions feature seven amazing remixes by some of my favorite producers from around the world. It also features the remix debut of SWAMI MILLION which is Will and Si from the UK-based group LV (HyperDub / Keysound). Leading up to Decibel, I will be offering all of the remixes available for free download via the Boomarm Nation website for the whole month of September.  

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– Jimi Jaxon


“Ghetto Kraviz”, The above track by RBMA and High & Tight showcase headliner Nina Kraviz is everything I want to hear in a dance track. It’s hypnotic, sexy, dark and driving. Those of you who follow this blog know that I love a sassy lady (see my “Diva Dayz” features), and Nina Kraviz is holdin’ it down for fierce women everywhere. Her sultry tracks have lifted her up towards the top of the house and techno world. A listen through clips of her debut, self-titled album and it’s clear that she is a force to be reckoned with. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed her Resident Advisor podcast, as well as this interview with Dummy Mag.


Before moving further, I must tell you about this new Seattle venue, Q. It is located at Pike & Broadway, and is going to be the shit. Q is being described as a chic and glamorous new club for Capitol Hill, spread across a 12,000 square-foot building. Opening on September 7th, 2012, this snazzy club will feature emerging and established DJ’s on a colossal sound system. Scott Smith, one of the owners, was previously involved with the creation of XL, one of the most renowned gay clubs in New York. Smith has since moved to Seattle, and joined forces with Andy Rampl, to bring Q to life. Avoiding the VIP vibe for a select few people, this club will bring impeccable service and a high quality experience to every club-goer inside. “Sound Investment AV will handle the installation of Q’s custom, one of a kind sound system, from legendary UK sound system pioneers, Funktion One, the only one of its caliber on the West Coast. Steve Lieberman, owner of LA’s powerhouse SJ Lighting will handle Q’s state of the art lighting. Both firms are internationally known for their design of clubs and concert tours.” (Stranger).


Joining Miss Kraviz, we have the prolific Roman Flugel. Producing since the early 90’s, his releases delve into house, techno, electro and ambient/idm. He’s a major fixture in the German electronic community, for his personal productions and savage DJ abilities.



Opening up the night..Dave Aju


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See you on the dance floor,

Jimi Jaxon