Shows to Know: Phantoms @ The 9:30 Club – 2/5

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Thursday night: it’s not quite the weekend, but it’s close enough so it basically counts. You’re probably looking for something to do, besides your usual Netflix binge, but you have no idea what’s going on. Never fear, because Phantoms is playing the 9:30 Club with Viceroy and WRGW fave, Will Eastman.

Kyle and Vinnie make up Phantoms, an electronic duo with a knack for making dance tunes with a dark and brooding twist, which is apparent on all of their work, be it a remix or an original song. If you’re a fan of artists such as Disclosure, Hot Chip, or Com Truise, then this is where you want to be. Tickets can be purchased here.

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Album Review: Disclosure – Settle

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UK brothers Howard and Guy Lawrence, also known as Disclosure, have just dropped their highly anticipated debut album, and right in time for summer. Settle is one hour of music that you will not be able to sit still and listen to. (I’m not joking. I could not stop dancing the first time I listened to it).  A bevy of talented artists, from Jessie Ware to AlunaGeorge to Ed MacFarlane of Friendly Fires lend their vocals to the pop-house / UK garage tracks that I’ve been waiting for ever since the album’s release was announced. Continue reading “Album Review: Disclosure – Settle”

HVZEL – Bird of Paradise (free download)

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Little is known of Winston Berg. A legend in the minecrafting scene, one can easily hear how the skills yearned in such a productive use of time spill over into his songwriting.

I only joke because I’m not sure how to talk about his music, but don’t let that stop you from listening to it. Show some love for a GW student that’s really doing his own thing – stream here and pay what you want for the full release.

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Dusky: The Well-Oiled Machine of House

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For a duo that released their debut LP on Anjunadeep, the trance label run by Above and Beyond, Alfie Granger-Howell and Nick Harriman, together known as Dusky, are proving themselves as major up-and-coming titans of house.

Stick By This, the LP mentioned above, is a beautifully seamless exposition of their use of power, depth, movement and radiance in productions that straddle the territories of different genres. Following the release of Stick by This, the two have been true to what appears to be their trademark formula: the layering of stunning musical textures over buoyant bass lines. I have found this concotion rather addictive; The Flo Jam EP sampler has been on repeat for the past month and a half as I have eagerly anticipated the June 18th digital release.

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