There’s a cool event happening downtown this weekend that attempts to—get ready for this—detach from reality and explore the nature of dreams.
Record label FUTRA is presenting a show called ‘Surrealism’ at LOT 613 on Saturday, from 7 p.m. to midnight. This interesting event involves dreamy wandering through trippy installations, photography, sculpture, video and performances. You’re encouraged to dress in ‘surrealist fashion’ as you check out the photo booth, take in music from an assortment of atmospheric DJs and explore some fascinating art. We’re most excited about Owl Vision, a virtual reality piece from animator Akiko Yamashita, in which guests will use Oculus Rift to explore a strange world.
According to FUTRA, “Surrealists dedicate themselves to unlocking the mind by capturing thoughts, images, and ideas that come to one in sleep, hypnosis and altered states. This landscape will permeate and explore the subconscious, dream-dominated, and disassociated meanings and contradictions of our expressed reality.”
Surrealism will take place at Lot 613 Gallery, 613 Imperial St., DTLA. Saturday, July 11, 7 p.m. to midnight. 21+. $5 before 9 .m., $7 after with RSVP. There will also be a cash bar.
Villain “Vantage (Subterranean Dub)”
Earlier this month, LA producer Villain became the latest producer to step up on local label Futra, delivering his Vantage EP via the label. Across its four tracks, the record sees Villain lacing heavy-handed rhythmic structures with dense sonic atmospheres, such as on the record’s closing cut, a “Subterranean Dub” version of the EP’s title track. Stretched across six minutes, the dub strips back the original effort’s drum pattern, focusing on an industrial half-time step which cuts through a wide-spread array of moody chords and swelling pads. Out now, the rest of Villain’s recent Vantage EP can be previewed after the jump.
Those culturally enlightened and fashionably blessed friends at FUTRA collaborate with DOWNTOWN INDEPENDENT to bring you an evening filled with music, vinyl shopping, enhanced atmosphere, and craft beer.
This event is FREE all night with drink specials from 7PM-8PM. SCORE!!
Founder and style maven, Tara LaPlante had her 2 cents to add about the opulent affair;
“Our passion for showcasing cutting edge experiences continues. While our DJ’s set the mood with a range of dance music styles visit our vinyl market, mingle, and enjoy the modern atmosphere of the Downtown – Independent.”
Knyphy (Futra) LA
Knyphy has been flexing a broad variety of sounds as a DJ since the late 90′s. An original member of the SMOG crew and now a FUTRA resident, his style pushes the boundaries of underground house, dubstep, grime, garage, and anything else that fits the moment.
Ricky Def (Futra) LA
Carefully attuned to the established and emergent genres of dance music, Ricky Def draws from house, techno, and UK garage to forge a sound that is as provocative as it is gratifying. A throwback to DJ’s a generation ago, he eschews digital artifice to rely on his coveted collection of vinyl and acetates. A stalwart of the LA underground since 2006, Ricky Def continues to execute his craft and compel dance floors with his impeccable sound.
Duncan Whiteley (Reinhardt Records) LONDON
Duncan Whiteley is the production guise of Alex Oxley. A music and art project that began in 2006 when he was based in Berlin. Following a dormant period Duncan Whiteley is active once again inspired by his move from London to Los Angeles. Noise, techno, and electronica are prominent influences of his DJ sets and record label Reinhardt Tapes, which strives towards these genres as benchmarks.
Mount Analog is a place for the creative idealist, progressive artist, music and arts enthusiasts, rarities collector, and moreover: the everyday curious and adventure seeker.
Located in Sunset Junction of Silver Lake, Vacation Vinyl are champions of analog and have a long history in LA.
FUTRA’s 2 YEAR ANNIVERSARY
SEVEN POINTS. DTLA
Convene in a futuristic party atmosphere for an evening of ingenuity with audio and visual displays of some of L.A’s exceptional local Art.
Futra’s passion for showcasing cutting edge art will continue Saturday, February 1st, as the LA based label and collective celebrates two years of fusing genres, art, and design. DJ’s, visual & installation artists, performers, art enthusiasts, and partygoers will meet, mingle, and explore the dancefloor at this multi-media affair taking place at the new Seven Points mens retail store in downtown Los Angeles.
Futra is founded by Tara LaPlante and the art is directed by Joana Perez. Nereida J Villarreal is art curator and had this to say about the forward thinking festivities;
“I’m stoked it’s been 2 years and now involving different people from all walks working together.”
-Nereida J Villarreal
Ricky Def, Knyphy, Dazz Moov, and EEZIR, Santiago Salazar, and Stan Min
CS-Navarrete, Futra Collective, John Bryars & Joseph Scott Bryars, Machine Inspired Art, Matthew Bowers/ Manufacture
Looking to stimulate your senses—literally, all five of them—this weekend? In addition to the serious flea shopping on Sunday at the Historic Core, downtown-bound folks will no doubt want to check out the intense fashion, music and art experience that is Double Vision going down this Saturday.
Taking place at Angel City Brewery from 1pm to midnight, the free, 21-and-up art haus event will be a pop-up shop on steroids. By day, guests can shop top local talent like artsy label Crybaby Presents, avant-garde jewelerKittinhawk and over 20 more emerging designers. A runway will be rolled out for an “anti-fashion show” presented by Galerie de l’Absurde, which we expect will bring a whole lot of awe-inspiring je ne sais quoi to the stage.
It gets better: as the sun goes down, the venue will transform into an immersive audio/visual affair with DJs and art and video installations hitting the floor. A Club Called Rhonda’s Phyllis Navidad plus a handful of artists from multimedia music label Futra will be spinning tunes. (Don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes!)
Plus, food trucks like White Rabbit, Belly Bomz, Coolhaus and more will be on deck to feed the masses. Intrigued? Check out the full line-up of designers and artists here.
The Berlin-based producer will play six stateside dates this month.
Berlin-based TJ Hertz made waves back in 2011 when he emerged with his own self-titled imprint, before debuting on Hessle Audio with the well-received “Cactus” / “Porcupine” 12-inch. Mixing bass music sounds in with techno, a style that RA contributor Philip Sherburne described as “[balancing] slinky cadences with a grim intensity,” Objekt’s DJ sets tend to pit modern dance music against classic electro, high-octane techno from the likes of Jeff Mills and Underground Resistance as well as as more experimental music like Pan Sonic.
An inductee of this year’s Red Bull Music Academy in New York, his first US date will take place this Saturday at an RBMA event at Public Assembly. For that one, he’ll be joined by Andy Stott and Octo Octa among others. The next week, he’ll head out on his own tour, starting with another date in NYC on May 13th—this time at Cielo for Deep Space with Francois K. From there, he’ll hit the Together Festival in Boston, Portland’s Holocene, a Futra party in LA and finally an Icee Hot party in San Francisco. He’ll co-headline Icee Hot with Running Back head Gerd Janson, who himself will be touring America at the same time.
With its constantly evolving bassline and shifting movements of percussion and FX, it’s not surprising to find out that “Supervoid” comes from a producer who has also spent a good deal of time “professionally developing video games and virtual universes.” Budding West Coast artist (his SoundCloud claims both Los Angeles and Seattle) Dustmite is less than a week away from dropping the Surveyor EP, where the dark, restless techno of “Supervoid” will be joined by three other originals—one of which is a collaboration with NY’s Rajeev Maddela—and a pair of remixes from fellow burgeoning producers Perceptron and Audio Injection. If this taster piques your interest, you can stream the rest of Surveyor after the jump and be on the lookout for Dustmite’s forthcoming EP when it drops on February 26 through LA’s fledging Futra label.
ASC GOES TECHNO IN LA
The drum & bass producer will play techno on the West Coast for the first time this week, headlining Futra in Los Angeles on August 23rd.
San Diego-based, UK-born producer James Clements has been exploring different genres for years now; though he’s most often associated with drum & bass, he’s also released an ambient LP, dubby, atmospheric techno under the Mindspan alias and genre-bending bass music as well. Recently he’s been banging out straight-up techno on labels like Perc Trax and Mote-Evolver, and earlier this year he debuted a new techno DJ routine in New York City, playing a set made up mostly of his own unreleased material.
The West Coast will get its first peek at the 4/4 side of Clements’ crate this Thursday. He’ll be headlining Futra, a self-proclaimed multimedia party at Los Globos that has previously booked acts like Distal and DVS1. The night will also see DJ sets from Futra artist Eezir and LA local Modesty, a live performance from fellow local Alluxe, and visuals from FACE.
“Blacktop Lane” is the second track from the upcoming Lonelifter EP by Los Angeles producer EEZIR, which will serve as the debut release for both the producer and Futra, a new label based in LA. The track is defined by a lone, aggressive acid line, but is kissed with the shuffle and atmospherics associated with SoCal’s current electronic-music scene. Hanson’s house-leaning and acidic take on bass music brings to mind the productions of an artist like Blawan, but is perhaps a little less restless than the Brit’s work. Check out the tracklist for the Lonelifter EP (which drops in March) after the jump.
1. Lone Lifter
2. Blacktop Lane
3. Shifted View
4. Lone Lifter (XI remix)