Decibel Festival presents XLR8R

Teengirl Fantasy

Teengirl Fantasy / photo by David Lichterman

XLR8R is probably the number one electronic music blog in the US right now – and their showcase thus reflects some of the boldest and best of the electronic scene. With young acts like Teengirl Fantasy and far more established leads like Actress, their showcase is going to be on fire. Not to mention they have drawn in GULLS, or Jesse Johnson of Portland who founded BOOMARM NATION. Opening the night will be one of XLR8R’s own, Shawn Reynaldo.

Shawn Reynaldo doesn’t really have a style that is entirely his own – rather, and in typical editor fashion, he is a pro at scoping out the party (he actually throws the Icee Hot and Tormenta Tropical parties in L.A. and NYC) and deciding what the sound should be.

GULLS builds every track “entirely from the ground up” and you can tell. With an ear for experimentation, you’ll hear everything from claps to horns to burps and beeps, all layered into a dub track that makes you feel like it’s the future and you’re in outer space.

The name Teengirl Fantasy is both perfect for an electronic duo that started in college and a great way to describe their sound: pop, typically a female vocalist with an R&B sound, draped in sparkling synths, drones, claps. Tracer, which came out earlier this year, was called everything from subdued and ambient to glamorous and sexy.

Closing out the night is the prolific Actress, aka Darren J Cunningham. Not only is his music fascinating with its buzz and upbeat hum, sprinkling of afrofuturism, but his ideas are too. In this Guardian interview he discussed his belief in God – and how belief leads to craftmanship. Darren doesn’t only craft great dance beats – in 2004, he started Werk Discs. Since then, he has released Hazyville EP, and DJ-ed the likes of Fabric in London, and alongside acts like Dabrye and Flying Lotus.

You can catch all of this on Friday, September 28th @ The Baltic Room. Get more information here.

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