Soft Metals is an electronic duo from Portland, Oregon currently residing in Los Angeles, California. Members Ian Hicks and Patricia Hall began writing and recording music together in the spring of 2009. Their music draws inspiration from the early works of industrial music, minimal synth, house, techno, Italo disco, krautrock, and post punk. Their songs are built from moody, improvised sessions together using exclusively electronic instruments- mostly analog and vintage.
Black Marble is a Brooklyn based band consisting of Chris Stewart and Ty Kube (previously of Team Robespierre fame), and a whole lot of synthesizers. Their first full-length LP “A Different Arrangement” was released earlier this year by Hardly Art records. With a synth-pop feel, this album will transport you right back to 1985, or perhaps the first time you turned on a Depeche Mode record. Although they share a similar dark quality to other bands of it’s genre, there are strong melodic patterns laced through every track, making each individual song something a little cold and sometimes dark, but refreshing to listen to.
Inspired by the purchase of a Lebanese synthesizer playing microtonal scales and lo-fi Eastern drum patterns, Rainbow Arabia began a escapist diversion from Danny and Tiffany Preston's day jobs. The demos they recorded, which were written and put to tape in a matter of a days, became their debut, The Basta. Barely existing for only a few months, the married couple were picked out of the ether by NYC sonic alchemists/kindred spirits Gang Gang Dance to support them on a cross-continental tour in 2008. Once they got back (and to their surprise) they quickly found themselves a legitimate act with acclaim from PITCHFORK, THE FADER, XLR8R, NME, in addition to a word-of-mouth groundswell for their fresh, contemporary East meets West take on the Sublime Frequencies catalog that inspired them so much in the first place.
Newclear Waves (DJ SET)http://newclearwaves.bandcamp.com/http://www.mannequinrecords.com
Deeply influenced by the works of the early minimal electronics sounds on Mute Records and 4AD, Newclear Waves is exploring droned out electro pop territories with an interest for a refreshing hyperactive 80s New Wave. finding his own identity somewhere between Snowy Red, The Normal and the first Human League.
Omar Perez and Justin Anastasi
( TWITCH /The Soft Moon)