Cat in the Hat hats off to mad Madchester vibes in Pharaohs debut "Uhh Uhh." You'll have Happy Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays bouncing around to Pharaohs' electric piano keys, synthetic drum pads, funky 80s breakdowns, and pitch-shifted-way-down vocal samples. A lot of freaky dancing went into this jangly baggy World Party: Dublab aesthetics, memories of Buenos Aires bootleg cassettes, wave bending in Waikiki, Suzanne arts and Kraft. Add a bit of bubbly St. Germain acid, a pinch of 60s extended jazz grooves, a dash of KLF big bang UK nonsense, and a touch of 94.7 fm liquid sax/velvet breath and you've got the deep pleasure of Pharaohs. Taking the shiny dance floor to the warehouse cement floor to the sandy patio floor for some hot, hot Hacienda nights.
Jonas Reinhardt is the nom de musique of San Francisco-based electronic artist Jesse Reiner, who looks to the analog sounds, organic atmospheres, and hypnotic rhythms of '70s pioneers such as Jean Michel Jarre, Klaus Schulze, and Tangerine Dream for inspiration. Though he played other kinds of music before performing and recording as Jonas Reinhardt, Reiner always listened to electronic music of the late '60s and '70s, and got a Moog Realistic Concertmate MG-1 in the mid-'90s. A few years later, he studied music synthesis at the Harvard Electronic Music Center and maintained an interest in this approach to music-making while he played with other bands. Reiner began using the Reinhardt moniker for his self-titled 2008 Kranky debut; an iTunes EP, Modern by Nature's Reward, followed. Jonas Reinhardt eventually expanded into a full-fledged band, with Trans Am's Phil Manley on guitars, Mi Ami's Damon Palermo on drums, and Citay's Diego Gonzalez on bass. This lineup recorded Powers of Audition, which appeared in 2010 and married the meticulous sound of Reiner's earlier work with live instrumentation.
Shams is a dark dance pioneer known for coining the term "witch-house," whose music is the devious perversion of minimalism, early house, and modern pop
Suzanne Kraft (DJ Set)
Suzanne Kraft cultivates sunsoaked boogie and grow house chuggers in the West Coast garden of earthly delights. A bubbling Dublab alumn, Lil Suzie unleashed the lauded Green Flash EP on Running Back a year ago now, stamping a crisp signature on wax platters with addictive vocal snips and slow release pill-wave. The 12" popped up on numerous top lists and garnered spins from the likes of: Permanent Vacation, Runaway, Justin Miller, Sleazy Beats, Juno Records and Tim Sweeney of the renowned Beats In Space radio show. Like a praying mantis or Venus Flytrap, Kraft's tracks lull listeners into a subtle comfort before snapping fast in attack – followed by a postcoital cigarette, of course. These are jams that you feel all around you; seeping deep into mental crevices, stretching out and making themselves at home.
Now fresh off the heels of a Red Bull Music Academy admittance, a shimmering remix of Tomas Barfod's "Came To Party" for FoF and the feel-good stunner "Jus U" from YA's inaugural EP, Horoscope finds Suzanne easing off the samples and diving headfirst into synth, bass, harmony and percussion driven compositions. The title track jogs along with a solar powered pace guided by grooving guitar lines, eventually combusting supernova-like with homespun falsetto croons. "No Worries" ups the ante with infectious stabs and a driving baseline that graciously set the stage for one of SK's restrained yet rewarding pay-offs. The b-side hits full stride with two explorations of repetition and space that both eclipse the 120 mark. "Ritmo" is an intergalactic workout tool complete with swirling delays and arpeggiated melodies, while "Feel" cranks up the punch and mood yet still remains ethereal with its cloud-covered flute line.
Rounding out Horoscope are the p-funk sunset comedown of "Crest", the Professional Gold mix of "No Worries" by L.A.'s own Secret Circuit, and Future Times frontman Max D's Raw Flute Swing of "Feel".