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I have the utmost respect for people willing to go their own way. In the music world, and life in general, carving out your own individual path can be met with great difficulties. For those with enough determination, it is possible to claim your spot and make a lasting impact. Bok Bok is one such individual, leading the highly innovative Night Slugs label. I was a stage manager for Decibel Festival in 2011 and insisted on working 2 shows; Zomby and the Night Slugs showcase with Bok Bok, Girl Unit and Kingdom. I considered it a high honor to be around these artists and I hoped some of their mindset would rub off on me. I saw a strong leader in Bok Bok when we met; politely guiding the show, making sure everything was up to his standards. That showcase had mad energy as expected and became a highlight of my year.

 

In terms of branding and the overall visual aesthetic, Night Slugs are frighteningly good. They put forth a brilliant vision not seen in today’s dance world. It’s a visual environment filled with architecture, grids and blueprints of sorts. They make me think of strong foundations like the pyramids; cryptic, alien looking creations that are built to last.

Now I’ll focus on some Night Slugs releases that stand especially tall in my eyes..

Velour – The Velvet Collection (NS007) – Lush and sexy at its best. The dreamy synths on this EP go straight to my heart.

 

Egyptrixx – Bible Eyes (NSLP001) – I was dumbfounded when I first heard this title track. Very strange and enticing album.

 

Kingdom – Dreama EP (NS012) – Stalker Ha is the shit, just like the man behind this EP.

 

Jam City – Classical Curves (NSLP002) – A new world has been created inside this album; one that is very bright, diverse and magical.

 

If you wish to experience a set from Bok Bok, you should grab your ticket for his show this Friday @ Chop Suey in Seattle (TIX, Fb Event). This show is put on by Decibel and Shameless and will also feature sets from Sounds In Silence and myself + visuals by David Kwan aka Nanoglobe. Stay tuned for an upcoming Disco Droppings feature where I’ll interview Mr.Kwan; graphic designer and VJ for Decibel. We will talk about his various roles, as well as the immersive visual presentation we are planned for my set.

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– Jimi Jaxon

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Ben Thomson, better known as Ben UFO is a DJ of a rare kind these days. When it seems like most people set out to make a name for themselves and their music, he appears to be content exploring his artistry in his selection and curation. His refined ear for quality in his DJ sets and as head of Hessle Audio (the record label he runs alongside Pearson Sound and Pangaea), has gained him the utmost respect from DJ’s and electronic music enthusiasts around the world. 

 

His talents as a selector landed him a FabricLive mix that was released January of this year, an honor bestowed on not even most of the world’s most talented DJ’s. He’s been seen on Boiler room on numerous occasions (once doing a four hour mix) and hosts the Hessle Audio showcase every Thursday on Rinse FM. He’s been described as a DJ who not only shows us where we are, but where we’re going. As the DJ who shed light on such producers as Joy Orbison and Blawan, seeing him DJ for myself will be all the more special.

Flash, presented by Decibel Festival and Shameless, brings him to Seattle tonight at Q Nightclub with the prolific Portland producer Ben Tactic. Residents Nordic Soul and Recess will also be playing. 

$10 advance tickets available here  / FB Event / Doors at 9pm / 21+ @ Q Nighclub : 1426 Broadway, Seattle

* Tonight is also the 2 year anniversary of Mindfield Productions

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Sepalcure was always going to have a special element to it, being the creative brain-child of Travis Stewart (aka Machinedrum) and Praveen Sharma (aka Braille). The project was born while the two were making music and DJ-ing respectively in New York, and they’ve come a long way since releasing their first EP’s- Love Pressure in 2010 and Fleur in 2011 on Hotflush Recordings. Sepalcure, their 2011 self-titled full length debut, had all the stylistic markings of the two producers. Maximal, dynamic, exciting but occasionally brooding, Sepalcure was an adventure to partake in. They’ve played shows around the world in the last two years, including last year’s Hotflush showcase at Decibel Festival.

Flash brings them back to Seattle at Q Nightclub tonight for one of the most exciting shows this spring (FB event, TIX). WD4D is opening, along with residents Nordic Soul & Recess. Be there or miss out.

 

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– Tremel

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Distal has a wonderful ability to mine through the world of sounds and find those gems. As head honcho of Embassy Recordings, you can see his filtering aesthetic in the artists he works with, and the crisp quality of the tracks released. I’ve mentioned that savage Wheez-ie release Keep Yer Chin Up in my past Distal interview, also really enjoying Thefft’s Name Shame / No Want That, which came out on Embassy late last year.

Not only does Distal kill it with his crew on Embassy Recordings, his own productions and DJ sets are high quality presentations. Tectonic put out his Civilization album in April 2012, the track “Not Cool” was included in my Decibel Festival 2012 Warp Records Showcase set.  His past Boiler Room set is one of my favorites, and I’m hyped to see him work out Q tonight. He pulls from a wide variety of BPM’s and styles, so you’ll just have to come and see what he showcases. He will be joined by Tony Goods (Top Billin, Sounds of Sumo, Car Crash Set, Damn Son), whose Hopscotch / Space Jam release comes out on C/C/S April 9th. Residents Nordic Soul and Recess will also be playin’.

Flash Fridays are brought to you by Decibel and Shameless. Presale TIX, FB event

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– Jimi Jaxon 

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I was feeling a bit drained when I sat down to do research on this Green Velvet (aka Curtis Jones, Cajmere) feature. As I begin searching through his 2009 RA interview and a 2011 interview with Slices – The Electronic Music Magazine, my energy level began to climb. I took in the depth and huge amount of time this man has been putting music out there; driving the influential Chicago House scene, running 2 labels for a long bit and consistently innovating up to this present day. 

 

As a DJ, I relate to his focus and determination to do his best and create a fun environment for any audience placed in front of him. Music has always been a grounding force for Curtis Jones, as he has seen the highs and lows of the music industry. And he is still strong today, remaining a stable force in the dance music community. So much of what I look for in tunes I play out is that strong rhythm that you can strut to. And Green Velvet has developed quite a strut with his music.

 

This will be the 4th time Decibel has brought Curtis out to play Seattle, tonight’s show takes place at Q. This is part of Flash Friday’s, which Decibel and Shameless take over once a week. The one time I saw Curtis play, it was under his Cajmere alias for Decibel Festival 2011, and that was one of the best DJ sets I’ve ever heard. He created an equally alien and welcoming environment that I was completely mesmerized by. Grab presale TIX for tonight’s Q show, and share the FB event if you feel so inclined. You’ll see me bouncin’ around the club for sure.

 

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– Jimi Jaxon