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Midnight In A Perfect World: Michael Manahan

Seattle’s Michael Manahan has been a critical figure in the local electronic music community over the past two decades, playing a major role in Starborne Shows/Starborne Sound, Cascadia, and Decibel Festival, as well as through the iconic Seattle nightclub Re-Bar. The driving force behind the new Chance of Rain Festival that launches this year andRead more…

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Midnight In A Perfect World: Prefuse 73

Guillermo Scott Herren’s early releases under his Prefuse 73 alias at the turn of the century proved to be groundbreaking, his fusion of intricate electronic production with high-quality instrumental hip-hop beats yielding a refreshingly innovative and highly influential sound. The current NYC-based producer has tackled a multitude of styles under various monikers over the years,Read more…

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Midnight In A Perfect World: Southern Shores

Toronto production duo Southern Shores stepped up as one of Cascine Records‘ earliest acts, helping establish the NYC label’s affinity for a dreamy, summery aesthetic with a pair of EPs at the turn of the decade. Four years since their latest release, they’ve recently resurfaced to unleash their debut album Loja that continues to exploreRead more…

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Midnight in a Perfect World: Anika from Exploded View

Anika is the stage name of British-born, frequently Berlin-based singer, songwriter, and political journalist Annika Henderson, a magnetic vocalist and writer that emerged as a solo artist in 2010 with releases on Portishead member Geoff Barrow’s Invada Records as well as the highly revered Stones Throw Records. Anika now fronts the four-piece band Exploded View,Read more…

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Midnight In A Perfect World: Emancipator

The alias of Portland-based musician Douglas Appling, Emancipator has become well-known for his blissful, lush, and cinematic style of music that organically fuses downtempo, trip-hop, and instrumental hip-hop elements into his own enveloping style. A stellar live performer that’s a staple on the festival circuit, Emancipator also recently launched his own label Loci Records toRead more…

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Midnight In A Perfect World: Joey Webb

Seattle-based DJ Joey Webb has been bringing his charismatic energy to the turntables as a steady sound selector behind a wide variety of house, funk, and soul nights. Gaining wisdom and a deep collection holding down parties in previous home bases of New York, Texas, and California, Joey is currently active throwing the recurring JIVERead more…

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Midnight In A Perfect World: Jessy Lanza

Hamilton, Ontario vocalist and electronic producer Jessy Lanza has emerged as a thrilling contemporary artist with her cutting-edge fusion of progressive electronic rhythms, ethereal R&B vibes, and experimental synth-pop sensibilities. Her new sophomore album, Oh No, recently released on the lauded Hyperdub Records label, is another bold and brilliant addition to her catalog and hasRead more…

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Midnight In A Perfect World: The Range

Brooklyn-based electronic producer James Hinton has bubbled up from the underground over the past 5 years under the alias The Range, crafting vibrant and forward-thinking beats and experimental club rhythms on labels such as Astro Nautico, Donky Pitch, Project: Mooncircle, and Domino Records. His latest album, Potential, signaled his most adventurous release to date, uniquelyRead more…

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Midnight In A Perfect World: Mark Farina

Mark Farina is a world-renowned San Francisco-via-Chicago DJ and musician best-known as the founder of the iconic Mushroom Jazz series, which spotlights a unique blend of downtempo, house, jazz, soul, and trip-hop styles. His warm and cerebral ear and mixing talents have led to DJ gigs all over the world, and the Mushroom Jazz seriesRead more…

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Midnight In A Perfect World: Nick Monaco

San Francisco’s Nick Monaco brings his deep experience within his city’s DJ/nightlife culture into his own carefree, cosmic experimental pop sound, recently found on his album Half Naked for Soul Clap’s Crew Love label. With his teenage years spent throwing all-night parties and diving deep into turntablism, he’s known for bringing a loose and groovyRead more…

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