Wednesday, February 28th
$7 adv./$10 at the door
RUSSELL BUTLER is a non-binary experimental artist and DJ based in Oakland, California. Originally from Bermuda, Russell has developed a process of improvisation that draws from a rich cultural history rooted in their island and the black, queer diaspora.
For the past few years they have been making a brand of stripped down machine techno that has evolved rapidly with each successive release. Transplantation, evolution, and healing are themes in Russell’s music. They based their 2015 album, “God is Change”, on Octavia Butler’s Parable series of novels, in which these are central tenets of the philosophy that the books explore. Since its release “God is Change” has received major acclaim, with NPR naming it one of their top 10 favorite electronic albums of 2015. In 2016, Russell released “Visions of the Future” on Jacktone Records, which is a collection of improvised modular synthesizer sessions. A month later, Russell’s follow up to “God is Change”, “The First Step”, was released on Black Opal. “The First Step” is dedicated to the “…black, brown, trans, queer, and gay folks of Oakland” and posits that “…sometimes to resist oppression, all we must do is simply exist. That is the first step. Let us strive to walk without fear.”
Russell’s newest record, “I’m Dropping Out of Life”, was released on January 30th via CGI Records and has already received praise from NPR, Fact, Thump, and The Fader, with early play by DJs like Nina Kraviz, Umfang, and Powder.
In February of 2017, Moog Music profiled Russell’s practice and life in Oakland via their new series, Sonic Origins.
Co-founder of the excellent Kajunga Records and Clave House collective, Jordan is a unique, well-versed producer and digger, with a collection of cuts spanning the decades and a knack for blurring genre borders. BERNDT delivers stripped back grooves, acid-tinged baselines and infectious rhythms. A selector capable of turning any floor out.
LONEFRONT – Life rings out from inside an imploded glossary: popped phenomena, disused technos, colonized spaces, hollowed-out comedowns and the inarticulable noises they withhold. This unbearable noise beyond the pale of articulation is giving life after Babel: a rhythmic and tonal program for the reanimation of dead materials, rendering immanent a syntonic grammar of the spirit.
SASHA CONDA is the alias of multi-disciplinary artist / DJ / promoter / organizer / hustler Sasha T. Todryk. With an amount of enthusiasm and energy that borders on the absurd, Sasha has been intimately involved in the independent music and art world since the tender age of 16 – wether as label head, electronic musician, promoter/organizer of music & art festivals, booking agent, manager, blogger, PR agent, etc. Informed by their years as a performer and curator in the experimental art & music world Sasha is an eclectic selector with an infectious energy on stage. When behind the decks he is interested in free experimentation and the blending of rhythm, texture, groove, genre and tempo. Expect her to keep the hype high and dance floor shifting through every flavor of house, disco, techno, funk, and way out of left field deep cuts.