GRiZ w/Kill Paris, Chancellor WarholHip-Hop
We’ll be the first to admit that much of contemporary EDM, pluralist as it is, just doesn’t do it for everyone. We were young once, and can dig the appeal of stutter edits and bass drops (never mind that Max Headroom and Pink Floyd are our points of reference), but we just smile and nod at most of it. Detroit artist GRiZ, known to his parents as Grant Kwiecinski, has a solid grip on all of the latest sounds and techniques, but there’s also a slower, funkier, measured strain running throughout his work, placing a higher value on groove than ear candy. Plus any time someone puts a Bobby “Blue” Bland sample to good use, it clues us that there may be treasure buried here. Los Angeles’ Kill Paris works in a subgenre called funkstep that brings all the drops and tweaked-out Compton-whistle synth lines a present-day clubber could ask for, but with a nice earthy swagger that feels right for the kind of dancing we like. Local MC Chance Warhol, last seen opening for Ice Cube, needs no introduction, but his recent guest appearance on Ducko McFli’s mixtape (and our Best of Summer 2013 playlist) is as good an intro as you can ask for.
Fri, Jul 26 | 9:00 PM
Marathon Music Works
21 and over