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.
Podcast Twenty Four features two mixes from Northwest beat producers. Nice Nate, residing in Seattle comes at us with a refreshingly nostalgic setlist of mostly originals bubbling with vocal chops and hard hitting kick-snares. Next is Dropping Gems’ very own Bone Rock who delivers a mysterious set of tracks that offer a very interesting rendition of classic hip-hop heaters. Sit back and enjoy this surely head-nodding collection of tunes. Artwork by Kaya Halil Sumer.
Nice Nate tracklist:
1. Danny Brown – Die Like A Rockstar (nice nate Remix)
2. NICE&AO – JAWN THREEVE SIXTEEN
3. Nice Nate – yew.lxve
4. The Young Evils – Dead Animals (nice nate Remix)
5. Nice Nate – traynes&&&
6. NICE&AO – L.U.V.L.U.V. AGAIN
7. Nice Nate – gobstopper feat. Beatronome
8. Nice Nate – nite
Bone Rock track list:
1. Lord Finesse – You Know What Im About
2. Unknown – gunether
3. Nothern Draw ft DeadLanguage – fuse
4. Unknown – bolo
5. TKO Capone – King Koopa (Bone Rock RMX)
6. Slim Thug – Still Tippin’
7. Unknown – lasttwohundreddollars
8. Unknown – youagain
9. Busta Ryhmes – Woo Hah!! (Got You All in Check)
10. Unknown – maing
11. Unknown – damnear
12. Unknown – pulsimon
13. Linkin Park – In the End
14. Nice Nate – Moments
15. Sticky Fingaz – excerpt from American Rap Stars
16. Dr. Maxine Mimms – again&again&again
17. Common – I Used to Love H.E.R.
18. Unknown – magnetic
19. Unknown – magneticII
20. Lauren Hill – Doo Wop (That Thing)
21. Unknown – please
22. Unknown – titletrack
On Crisis, the new LP from Natasha Kmeto, this siren of soulful bass charts her voyage into evermore personal territory, tapping into the raw energy of life in flux. The album narrates Kmeto’s experience from last year to yesterday, a time of upheaval and soul-searching. It’s also a time of new relationships, of build ups and break downs, of the heat of love and the fever of love’s pursuit.
In much the same way that sparks can fly at the drop of a hat in public, only to smolder privately into something deeper, so too do the roiling synths storms of Crisis slip easily into a single drum and Natasha’s lone voice. The album happens at the intersection of ambition, confusion, exploration, and barely-bridled sexual energy. After the gyrating tumult of the album’s body runs its course, Kmeto delivers the listener into the dreamy playfulness of the final tracks, resolving the record into a sort of calm, for the moment.
In order to capture the feeling of these chaotic moments Natasha took an intentionally disciplined musical approach, selecting just a handful of sonic materials from which to construct to the album. The combination of classic synth and drum machines sounds blend seamlessly with her own timeless voice. And while the elements become familiar over the course of the album, they never really show up in the same way twice. Like with any substantial piece of art, however, the only true way for us to describe Crisis would be for us to sit you down and listen to it.
Fresh from the subterranean rivers and lakes connecting the continents of our planet comes Any Octave Volume 2. Any Octave is a subterranean screw-music mix series helmed by DG crew member Citymouth. Composed of cassette and vinyl RnB jams reclaimed from the badlands, the material on Any Octave occurs in the liminal space between screwed-and-chopped edits and fully original production. Sonically, the compositions are ”of and about” the deep zone, heavily lo-fidelity and psychedelic, intended for your headphones or car or mountaintop, mainly designed for staring off into the distance. The second installment of this series features two 15-minutes mixes, Side A by New Zealand’s $PL▲$H ¢LUB 7 and Side B by the prolific, warble-obsessed throwback master, ohio-based Contact Lens. This mix is Vol. 2 of 99. It can be downloaded or bought as a limited edition cassette featuring special cs-only album artwork by the talented Geneva Snyder.