Decibel 2011, Seattle

Decibel 2011 Preview: oOoOO, Star Slinger, Beat Connection, Mux Mool, Eddie

Sean Palmer / September 30, 2011

oOoOO, Star Slinger, Beat Connection, Mux Mool, Eddie @ The Crocodile | 9/30 | 9pm doors | $18 adv (Get Tickets) / $20 at doors | 21+

Decibel’s Warm Oscillations will bring together a variety of exciting young talent, spanning the electronic spectrum from hip-hop to witch house. The festival recommends these acts for fans of “Boards of Canada, Four Tet, Gold Panda, and Washed Out“.

Photo courtesy of Tri▼Angle Records

Getting everyone warmed up for the five-hour showcase will be anchor of the local club scene, DJ Eddie. Following Eddie’s set, Brooklyn-based Ghostly International team member Mux Mool will keep hearts pumping with his hip-hop infused electronic burners. Shortly after, Seattle’s own Beat Connection will cool things down just a bit with their chilled out “Tropical Psychedelic Pop” jams.

The evening’s first headlining act, Star Slinger (aka Darren Williams), hails from the UK and has been making major waves after just a year of output. The 24-year-old’s sample-driven “Booty LSD” bangers are a refreshing addition to an often played-out niche of production. His songs and remixes have been widely acclaimed by both major media outlets and fellow musicians. Last year, Star Slinger released his much-lauded debut album, Volume 1, and a fantastic collaborative EP with Miami’s Teams. He started this year off with Rogue Cho Pa and, a little over a week ago, released a brand new single, “Dumbin’“, which features R&B vocals by Kansas City’s Reggie B.

Once Star Slinger finishes, October will have officially begun; and what better way to celebrate the occasion than with a ‘witch house’ poster child? oOoOO—pronounced subjectively, or not at all, according to its creator—is the spooky moniker of San Francisco-based musician Chris Greenspan, who has rejected the oft-applied term “drag” and described oOoOO as “Electronic….Slow…..Kinda dark“. oOoOO’s widely acclaimed self-titled EP was one of Tri-Angle Records’ first releases (along with Balam Acab‘s See Birds), and helped establish the label as a prime gathering spot for occult electronic music. Greenspan grew up listening to iconic Southern rap acts like Three 6 Mafia and Project Pat, but has also cited Jana Hunter and Matteah Baim as influences, and Christina Aguilera as an “aesthetically similar spirit”. Earlier this year, oOoOO contributed a track (“Сирин”) to a mix for FACT Magazine, and is currently working on his highly-anticipated debut LP.

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