The Ten Best Artists at Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival This Weekend
If you haven't seen Mykki Blanco yet, you really should. I mean that in the most literal sense of the word: the six-foot-plus, heavily made-up cross-dressing alter-ego of Michael David Quattlebaum, Jr. cuts quite a figure even in the dark of a 4 a.m. bar. And with lyrics like "I pimp slap you bitch niggas with my limp wrist, bro/ What the fuck I gotta prove to a room full of dudes/ Who ain't listening to my words cuz they staring at my shoes," the Illuminati Prince/ss isn't just a pretty face who takes her name from the Ramones and Lil' Kim. With beats by the likes of Arca and Brenmar, she's been redefining the boundaries of queer rap with mixtapes Mykki Blanco and the Mutant Angels in May and Cosmic Angel, which drops today.
Mykki Blanco plays Cameo with Brenmar on Friday.
The first thing that comes up when you Google New York DJ Brenmar is the LA Weekly article, "Brenmar: His Goal as a DJ Is to Get You Laid." It seems a bit obvious -- isn't that always the point? -- but in his case, it might be more true than most. Just listen to his Opening Ceremony mix: "Silly Hoe", Trey Songz, Ginuwine! After stints as a one-man band and drumming with former Liars bassist Pat Noecker, he returned spectacularly to the hip-hop and electronic fold with his 2010 comeback debut "Taking It Down" and "Temperature Rising", which paired Avant's serious slow jam "Makin' Good Love" with, if possible, even smoother bedroom beats. He might be trying to get you laid himself, but there's nothing wrong with that.