Bristol, UK’s Kahn will be gracing Portland for his debut performance on Saturday 4/12 presented by Bubblin, and DG crew members Rap Class and Ghost Dub of Ghost Feet will be providing sounds as well! More info and rsvp here.
We are excited to be teaming up with Red Bull to provide the music for the Portland Red Bull Curates on Thursday 3/20 at Portland Art Museum. There will be 20 artists featured, each having uniquely painted a cooler, a hosted bar and DJ sets from Natasha Kmeto and Rap Class. Best part is that it is all free! RSVP here.
Philip Grass is the electronic project helmed by Burton Schaber and Ben Durfee. The two met in 2011 while studying at University of Massachusetts, and began to slowly and increasingly orbit developments in electronic music together, attending shows on a regular basis, until they began to collaborate on their own material. In late 2012 they moved to Portland, OR and were immediately welcomed into the Dropping Gems crew. Their sound is characterized by an uncompromising instinct for change, as shuffling drums and moody pitch-shifted vocals can give way to riotous synth chords, jazz samples, or any number of other possible vibes. One can usually best identify a Philip Grass track by the sense of nocturnal nostalgia that permeates their melodic sensibility. The duo explore these seeming incredible transitions during their live performances, triggering samples, drums, and often playing live keys, with an animated air that communicates just how busy they are on stage. Following up on a steady output of self-released singles and EP’s, “Find” is their first label release and a natural fit for the Dropping Gems catalog, featuring 4 tracks of their signature wonky style of blissed out beats.
1. All I Need
2. Mt. St. Helens
4. Sun And Moon Dance
Natasha Kmeto will be hitting the road this spring with select live dates across the US featuring stops on both coasts and SXSW!
One of our favorite producers of the past few years, The Range from Providence, RI will be making his Portland debut at Holocene on 12/17. Joining him on the line up will be our very own Rap Class plus Quarry and Tabor Dark, rsvp and info here.
On December 28th we will be teaming up with our friends at Bubblin and RBMA to be part of Machinedrum Vapor City Live in Portland, OR at Refuge. On the bill from Dropping Gems are Natasha Kmeto, Break Mode, Ghost Dub of Ghost Feet and Shawn Don of Philip Grass alongside a tremendously strong group of locals from fellow crews PDneXt, Club Chemtrail and more, rsvp and info here.
Podcast Twenty Five has arrived featuring two outstanding DJ mixes from NW based music aficionados to ease you into Fall. First up is Nathaniel Young, curator of the crucial Beatogether all-ages night and Blank Stairs collective from Portland. Contributing the second half of this podcast episode is Olympia, WA based Hobbess, also known as half of our very own Ghost Feet. Artwork by Nathaniel Young.
Nathaniel Young tracklist:
1. Soliz – Skin Biter
2. Jar Moff – JMEP
3. Clay Wilson – Toe The Line
4. Alva Noto – Autoshape
5. Massacooraman – Venomous Drums
6. Nathaniel Young – ???(unreleased)
Hobbess track list:
1. Bibio – Sycamore Silhouetting
2. Kiln – Flycatcher
3. Deru – Hello
4. Monoceros – Monocrom
5. Lusine – Two Dots
6. Gouda Hoop – Range Four Harry
7. Automatic Thoughts – One Thousand Cycles
8. Calika – Stepping Out in Brogues
This year for the 10th anniversary of Decibel Festival in Seattle DG artists will be playing at several events throughout the week. Thursday 9/26 Natasha Kmeto and Ghost Feet will be playing the Resident Advisor showcase and Saturday 9/28 DJAO will be playing the Hush Hush showcase. Additionally, Ghost Feet will be giving as presentation during the day on Friday 9/27 as part of the Ableton conference. Check out label head Aaron’s guide to the festival on Earmilk and head on over to the Decibel site for a full listing of events.
Natasha Kmeto will be playing a handful of shows across North America supporting Lapalux and more! Check the dates below and catch her in your city in the coming weeks.
Dropping Gems is proud to present Devonwho’s Perfect Strangers, available for the first time as a complete album, with new unreleased Strangers-style bonus material. Previously released in two volumes on Devon’s personal Bandcamp over the course of 2012, Perfect Strangers is the artist’s most satisfyingly diverse effort to date. Some tracks are uptempo bass intended for the club (“reds/blues,” “cabbages ft. Swarvy”), while more laid-back ambient-hop cuts aim for the headphone set (“pretendingtowalkslow ft. Zeroh”), and still others cross nicely between the two (“makinglists”).
Inspired by life in San Francisco and the rich electronic culture that thrives there, Strangers marks another milepost for one of our favorite working producers, and heralds a further diversification of his repertoire. In his own words, the tracks are “more purely expressive” of himself as an artist than anything previous, and explore new moods, some somber and melancholy, some energetic and joyful.