Whoever said celebrating your independence was all about barbeques and fireworks obviously has never been to a Deviation party. Based in London, the long-running series is a reflection on sonics far and wide, curated by BBC Radio One don Benji B, who has successfully taken the reigns of the underground community ever since Mary Anne Hobbs departure in September 2010. Shrouded in the clouded veil of bassbin legend, Deviation is coming to New York City on July 4th (with special thanks to RBMA), with acts that will tantalize anyone into running from their grills and go straight to Le Poisson Rouge. Kode9 needs no introduction, the Hyperdub don has put out some of the best music of 2012 recently with Laurel Halo’s Quarantine and LV’s Sebenza on the way. Joining him will be Montreal’s ambassador of all things cooking, Lunice. He’s been busy cooking up a storm with Hudson Mohawke for their collaborative effort, TNGHT, releasing their EP on Warp/LuckyMe. Rounding out the lineup is resident Benji B, who will be debuting in New York City. Check out more info on Deviation, as well as the flier after the jump.
The URB contingent has landed in Austin and while our list of acts to see and parties to visit this year is seemingly infinite, we put our heads together to decide on a list of 5 acts that we’re especially looking forward to catching.
TNGHT – It had to happen sometime; heavyweight badman and WARP impresario Hudson Mohawke is set to debut his collaboration with Lunice, one of Montreal’s most prolific producers. Playing later in the week, we at URB honestly don’t know how to handle the excitement; but we know it’ll involve some booming drops and unreleased dubs. In other words, it has to happen ASAP. — MS
TNGHT will premiere at Warp/Brainfeeder’s party on Saturday the 17th.
Oh hell yes. Our BURNIN’ UP feature this time around comes from the burgeoning BASED producer, Keyboard Kid. You may have noticed him releasing beat-tape downloads this year like a beast (The Mind Is So Complex When You’re Based is one of his best releases), and you also might have seen his name attached to a bunch of tunes that have a certain rapper that has risen to the stratosphere of internet fame. Yes, as one of Lil B’s production mainstays, Keyboard Kid has maintained a strong sense of spacial symbolism for B’s intensive hip-hop therapy sessions, but has also found ways to create that stand out on their own, similar to another producer protege, Clams Casino. Recently, Keyboard Kid has found ways to include new influences and inspirations into his productions, perhaps dipping his sounds into the territory of producers like URB favorite Sinjin Hawke, whilst taking a liking to the sounds of fresh WARP staples Hudson Mohawke and Rustie. Whatever one might hear, what’s instantly understandable about Keyboard Kid’s mix for BURNIN’ UP is the passion that’s spread across the duration of it. It’s fire, but it’s fire from the heart. Check out the link to the mix after the jump.