Pure X - Angel: Like much of the 70s soul that’s influenced Pure X for their third album, Angel has its fair share of gooey sentiments. Take “Heaven,” a slow, ingenuous track about, well, Heaven, as an internal destination. Nate Grace, one of two frontmen, sings, “It don’t matter who you are, or how you’re livin’ / The Kingdom is in your heart, Heaven is a feeling.” Pure X aren’t great poets, but the fluency and certitude that they deliver make for a decidedly earnest album. “Starlight” conjures images of teenage infatuation, an idealized view of romance that most eventually dismiss as fantasy, but again, the track’s simplistic descriptions make this fantasy world seem so accessible. This track also makes quick work in setting the tone for a ceaselessly sensual work. (That’s also the last time I’ll use the word “quick” to describe this music.) I imagine Pure X woo many a fine woman by playing these tunes. But hey, I’m not a fine woman, and I’m digging it, too. NEW NICK
Recommended Tracks: "Starlight", “Livin’ the Dream”, “Wishin’ on the Same Star”
'Daddy's Car' is the second song to be heard from the 'Someday World' album and follows the album's first track 'The Satellites'.
Learn more and preorder the album from http://enohyde.com
Brian Eno - Brass, Piano, Abayomi Synth, 2nd Voice, End Lyric, Backing Voice
Karl Hyde - 1st Voice, Main Lyric, Backing Voice, Guitar
Fred Gibson - Foundation, Drums, Brass, Backing Voice
Don E - Bass Synth
John Reynolds - Drums
Chris Vatalaro - Drums
Marianna Champion - Backing Voice
Produced by Brian Eno with Fred Gibson
KXSC Fest Presents Special Guest: Jessy Lanza!
Not telling people that our special guest was Jessey Lanza was about as hard as it is not to move to Jessy Lanza beats. Since she appeared on fellow Hyperdub artist Ikonika’s song Beach Mode, and released her album in August, she’s been making waves.
We’ve seen a lot of artists recently finding a well timed marriage between RnB and electronic: Drake, How to Dress Well, Miguel – many of them sampling, layering or imitating female vocals and falsettos. Yet much of the electronic music scene remains a male-dominated world, and female producers are hard to come by. It’s formidable for me to talk about Jessy without championing her minority placement as a female in this emerging genre, her album Pull My Hair Back bringing a feminine virtuosity to the arena with a fuck you attitude. She’s not afraid to join a boy-dominated genre and make it her own.
Co-produced and written with Jeremy Greenspan of Junior Boys, the album harkens Junior Boys’ crisp electropop aesthetic but threads it with Jessy’s sensual and deep UNDERTONES and nuances. There is a sad nostalgia to Jessy, emerging from the decade-crossing genres, as she slowly massages out the kinks and edges OF WHAT (don’t know). I abstain from calling her melodies sweet, since her crafted dreamy atmospheres border on haunted. Her voice echoes sultry Allyiah-like, with 80s and 90s RnB vibes, but layers them on top of warm heartbeats and surging Italio- house, disco and techno vibes.
Her voice and skilled lyrics provide a narrative, which may label her into a purgatorial category that many a female artist has historically seen herself sanctioned off into: another singer songwriter. Many were quick to assume that because Jeremy Greenspan worked with her on the album, he produced and she sat subservient to his production needs providing helpful hums and moral support. But no –this is Jessy’s album, she produced it and that should garner her much deserved respect.
As a trained classical and jazz pianist, her songs are precise and calculated, with a mature controlled experimentation that only can arise from virtuosity. While a monster of a freshman album has left many doing a double take and figuring out what synth-hole she emerged from, she manages to maintain a childlike modesty – the album is a 23-year-old’s coming of age tale, filled with ups and downs, moments of immense movement and stillness. Her songs, and the album, weave and jump effortlessly across the musical spectrum with a refreshing reflexivity of her influences. Her songs are polyphonic collages, each one carefully placed and teasing, controlled but breathing, contemplative and aware. Her songs pair viscous pitched down vocals and honed synths with insistent high hats pittering away, syncopation, and crunchy drums and bass. This whole album comprises a whole lot of oxymorons, but so is a novice coming out of nowhere with such a staggeringly strong album.
Adding Jessy to our line up didn’t come out of nowhere. We’ve had to keep this a secret for a while, but it will be well worth the wait. We couldn’t announce he because she’s on tour with Cut Copy, and you’ll want to catch her again April 1st Get ready to move your body in as many directions as her music brings you to, like an all-nighter dance warehouse where you took some peyote-like drug that braids your night through unpredictable arousing pleasure tinged with a gratifying sadness. I swear. It feels so good.
-Anya Lehr, General Manager, Apocalyptic Adolescence
Victoria Siemer also know as Witchoria,
I will remember these days wrong
Photo: Anya ML
Timonthy B Conscious is quite the character. Running Venice Beach for ages, this man is considered a local street artist extraordinaire. He often refers to himself as the Ghetto Van Gogh for his wildly visionary pieces and use of graffiti as his main tool of art. A man of many trades, Tony is not only an artist but also an author, beatboxer, designer, drummer, intellect, performer, singer, vegan, and renaissance man. With such a wide array of titles under his gold belt, Mr. Conscious is sure to delight all at Fest with his unique pieces of art and special character. He has agreed to paint a live mural for KXSC that we are very excited about.Tony loves to infuse his personal flair into all forms of art that he produces. With such an effervescent personality, it will be hard to miss Tony at Fest. We’ll just let the video say the rest.-Alex Zhang, Sales