Decibel Festival is Seattle's own educational and performance-based multimedia art festival, with workshops for musicians and music-lovers and a stacked lineup of shows. This year, we are lucky to have appearances by many talented electronic musicians, from breakout stars like Lane 8
, to the legendary Pete Tong
. One night's performances that I am most looking forward to, is the Rhythm and Bass showcase featuring TOKiMONSTA
, and a DJ set by The Flavr Blue.
TOKiMONSTA makes her return to Seattle after a long hiatus. This will be her first time back in Seattle since Decibel Festival 2011. This time, she is back with loads of new music to share. She has been hard at work on her latest album, Desiderium, which is set to drop September 23rd, just two days before the Rhythm and Bass showcase. This album also marks her premiere venture into production via her own music label, Young Art Records. I have been very impressed with the three tracks off the new album, which have been slowly released over the last two months, especially this tune:
TOKiMONSTA continues to refine her sexy, slow-jam sound, with layers of interesting beats, chords, synth and the occasional horn. She has come a long way
in just the last year since 2013's Half Shadows EP. I'm looking forward to hearing the rest of Desiderium album at Rhythm & Bass on September 25th, at the Showbox Sodo.
is another relatively new artist who has experienced a lot of success in the last couple of years. His second album release, Obsidian, is considerably darker than his debut album, Cerulean. Baths, on his new album, says,
“The songs and lyrics all came out of a pretty fucked and arduous process of trial and error, but I hope people understand that I’m not the depressed, suicidal, and death-obsessed person the record may paint me as being. These are just darker areas that I wanted to explore.”
His dark, ambient sound has found its way into a lot of remixes by popular electronic artists, such as this Blood Diamonds edit of the Baths song Ironworks:
Seattle-based band, The Flavr Blue, is the final group on the lineup for the Rhythm & Bass Showcase. While this group may not be a household name yet, they are not one to miss. This synth pop trio is made up of Seattle locals Parker, Hollis and Lace. The female vocals are reminiscent of HAIM, and the synth, string and drum combination is ethereal. Download their entire Bright Vices EP for free here
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