The Ten Best Artists at Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival This Weekend
Hiawatha is the side project of Toronto's David Psutka, who usually performs and records as Egyptrixx. He started his softly psychedelic alter-ego with fellow Canadian Ian McGettigan, who also plays with Thrush Hermits and Camouflage Nights and who had worked with Psutka before on some of Egyptrixx's live sets. On Hiawatha's recent debut, Language -- a middle ground between Psutka's preferred MIDI and DAWs and McGettigan's analog synths and guitars -- Psutka's meditative rhythms still undulate in the lower regions of consciousness as opposed to fully climaxing; but for his new outlet, he drew more from pop traditionalists like Prince, Terius Nash, and the neo-folk of artists like King Dude. The results, which sound closer to the Junior Boys end of the electronic spectrum than Egyptrixx's ethereal soundscapes, definitely show.
Hiawatha performs with Baths and XXYYXX at Glasslands on Saturday.
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Los Angeles-based producer and DJ Kingdom doesn't shy away from the genre Diva House. "I've never been one to be ashamed of my taste based on social pressure," he told Dummy Mag a few years ago. That's a good thing, because 2010's Mind Reader EP, which features the delicious vocal talents of singer Shyvonne, is what catapulted him to notoriety in the first place. But Kingdom, formerly of Brooklyn and originally (and proudly) from rural Massachusetts, isn't just a one-trick pony. Though hypnotic hits like "Fog" and "Let You No" still prominently feature R&B-derived vocal samples, Kingdom also draws on the hard house enjoyed by his London audiences, Eastern-inspired synthesizers, and his label mates on Fade to Mind (including fellow BEMF attendees and label showcase participants Nguzunguzu, Mike Q, and Rizzla) and Night Slugs. They're arrayed in full on his XLR8R and Fader mixes, which altogether serve as useful primers for Kingdom's sophisticated, integrated approach to making beats.
Kingdom plays with Nguzunguzu and Rizzla as part of the Fade to Mind showcase at Glasslands on Saturday.