San Diego’s By An Ion are continuing to build their reputation in the SoCal electronica scene, readying a 6-track EP with producer John Kunkel of The New Division. I’ve had the privilege of hearing a few pre-production tracks, and fans of the duo will be happy to know that their songwriting continues to grow and improve, already standing out before any mixdown or post-production. They’ll be road testing some of the new material at The Hide Out on Saturday (September 27), along with fellow locals The Hunt and Let’s Drive to Alaska. Tickets are $5 in advance or $7 at the door, either choice a steal for a Saturday night with three exciting young electronic acts. The promo video gives you a little sense of what to expect from the live show, while we here at Music Without Labels have an exclusive preview of what the new EP will sound like, with the demo track “Tokyo” available for your streaming pleasure below. Featuring female vocals by Los Angeles pop singer Lena Valour, this one is sure to heat up dancefloors once it’s been finished, fully mixed, and mastered in Kunkel’s studio:
Vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Mike Cooper is The Hunt, a solo project focused on integrating live instrumentation into electronic compositions for a sound influenced by psych, soul, and new wave but firmly rooted in indie electronica. He puts his skills in the studio to work on behalf of others as well, opening his space and collection of gear to a diverse group of collaborators while simultaneously producing and performing his own material. For a sample of the funky grooves you can expect from him this weekend, download “Flicker” for free here:
Chris Garcia, aka Let’s Drive to Alaska, is currently based in Fullerton, CA, pumping out originals and remixes in an electronic post-rock style reminiscent of Blue Sky Black Death. The latest of the latter, done for Los Angeles singer/percussionist Liphemra, is also available for free download. You may remember Garcia’s commitment to free music from debut album Friend/Enemy, and his latest work Other Places is no exception, released in April on Bandcamp as a pay-what-you-want download.
By Dave Fox | Philadelphia Ambassador | @philosofoxthedj | Beat-Play and Music Without Labels, LLC