Continuing my obsession with all things West Coast and bass heavy, a number of random factors have led me towards Seattle's Decibel Festival which takes place over the course of the next week. I came across the event by accident last year while working towards the decibel Performing Arts Showcase 2009, a completely unconnected event, which took place in Manchester last week. The Google alerts from 2008 (Lusine, Deru, Tycho, Flying Lotus, The Glitch Mob, The Bug, and Superpitcher) were enough to get my mouth watering. Also last week, my mate Loz returned from Burning Man to tell me that Seattle is so cool she plans to move there to join my another friend, Mike, who moved there a few years back.
Anyway, to steal some text from XLR8R magazine:
"While everyone heaps (admittedly deserved) praise on long-running events like MUTEK and DEMF/Movement, it's easy to forget that Seattle's Decibel Festival has been not-so-quietly holding it down for the West Coast. Founded in 2003, Decibel has consistently shined a light on electronic music innovators big and small, from international stars to underground up-and-comers. This year's edition is no different, with a lineup headlined by U.K. noisemakers like Mala, Benga, Caspa, and Mary Anne Hobbs, not to mention some like-minded folks from this side of the Atlantic, including Martyn, Daedelus, Gaslamp Killer, and Nosaj Thing. Yet it's not all low-end madness—other notables include Alter Ego, The Wighnomy Brothers, Move D, Lusine, Derek Plaslaiko, Voodeux, and even U.K. dub wizard Mad Professor. In all, more than 100 performers will be scattered across Seattle over the course of four days. Plus, the festival also includes a number of panels, workshops, film screenings, and more."
So plenty of wonky, dub, dubstep and a lot of glitchyness. Check out this podcast from Seattle's KEXP to get a full flavour of the line up:
KEXP - Music That Matters, Vol. 166 - Spotlight on Decibel Festival 2009
1. Nosaj Thing - Lords
2. Nalepa - Flatlands (Nosaj Thing Remix)
3. Michna - Bumper Car Masters
4. Take - Northbound
5. [a]pendics.shuffle - Saw Saw Soup (Robag Wruhme Remix)
6. Mike Slott - Knock Knock
7. Sub Swara - Hi Fidelity (Shambhala Riddim)
8. Tim Exile - There's Nothing Left Of Me But Her And This
9. The Gaslamp Killer - Baiafro
10. Daedelus - I Took Two
11. Pezzner - Chapter_Two
12. Lusine - Gravity
13. Tycho - The Daydream
14. Benoit Pioulard - Hesperus
15. Mountains - Map Table
16. Christopher Willits - The Greatest Rain
For more tasty videos, reviews, line-ups and mixes, check out bassfaced.com.
For decibel news, reviews and all other things West Coast bass orientated, keep an eye on DanceFever5000. They've also got this lovely heartfelt Burning Man review that chimes with everything Danielle's told me since she got back.