Decibel 2011 Preview: DJ KRUSH, araabMUZIK, Shigeto, and Marley Carroll

Sean Palmer / September 27, 2011

The 2011 Decibel Festival presents “Beat Prodigies”: DJ KRUSH (DJ set), araabMUZIK (Live), Shigeto (Live), Marley Carroll (Live) @ Neumos | 9/28 | 9pm doors | $20 adv (Get Tickets) | 21+

Photo courtesy of DJ KRUSH

This Wednesday, Neumos will be hosting one of five showcases kicking off Decibel Festival’s five-day concert series. Appropriately entitled “Beat Prodigies,” the line-up features four very talented beatsmiths and DJs who the festival recommends for fans of DJ Shadow, Flying Lotus, J Dilla and DJ Premier.

Starting the evening will be North Carolina’s Marley Carroll, a producer and DJ who released his debut LP, Melanaster, back in 2007 and has since been taking the songs on the road both as a solo act and with a live band (The Melanaster Band). Influenced by the likes of Radiohead, My Bloody Valentine, and Squarepusher, Carroll melds ‘IDM’, jazz, and shoegaze to create a glitch-pop/indie rock fusion. Earlier this year, he also put out an EP which features remixes of songs by Imogen Heap and Björk, and finishes with part one of his three part DJ mix, 30 In 60. As a DJ, Carroll also backs North Carolinian hip-hop group Mr. Invisible.


Next on the bill is Ghostly International’s Zach Saginaw—middle name: Shigeto. Based out of Brooklyn, Shigeto concocts beautiful beat-driven electronic music incorporating live drums, field recordings, and original samples. After a few EP releases, Shigeto released his first LP, Full Circle, last year which used recordings of “glasses, chains, breathing, children, family meals, monks singing in cathedrals, walks in the south of France, and good friends offering their musical skill.” Earlier this year, the album got the deluxe remix treatment with contributions from Samiyam, Mux Mool, Mike Slott, and many others.


Carrying the show to the midnight hour will be Dipset‘s self-proclaimed “MVP of the MPC” Abraham Orellana, aka araabMUZIK. Confusingly, Orellana is not of Arabic heritage and pieced the moniker together based upon a nickname given to him by friends for “no specific reason”—”Young Arab.” Anyway, the 21-year-old prodigy has set the music realm abuzz with phrases like “MPC Hero” and “the Hendrix of sampling.” Last year, araabMUZIK established himself as a key force in The Diplomats‘ current revival after producing the comeback single “Salute.” With the release of his acclaimed debut album, Electronic Dream, earlier this year, it’s clear that araabMUZIK will continue to turn heads and blow up speakers whether it be as a producer or a solo musician.


Finishing the showcase will be pioneering Tokyo-based musician Ishi Hideaki—more commonly known as DJ KRUSH. Hideaki’s extensive discography as DJ KRUSH dates back to 1994 and includes collaborations with The Roots, DJ Shadow, Mos Def, CL Smooth, and many others. Prior to his solo work, Hideaki had been a member of the Wild Style -inspired KRUSH POSSE—one of Japan’s foundational hip-hop acts. Having started his solo career in 1991, Hideaki is now celebrating DJ KRUSH’s 20th anniversary, and will begin a monthly series of new songs on the day of this show (September 28th)!


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