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Gig Alert: SBTRKT

Monday, October 31, 2011

SBTRKT
“Wildfire” (feat. Little Dragon)
Playing Monday at Bowery Ballroom
(6 Delancey St., L.E.S.)
Get: Tickets ($15) | Directions

It takes a lot for an artist from the United Kingdom’s thriving electronic music scene to make an impact stateside.

But SBTRKT (pronounced sub-TRACT) is just that good. The producer keeps his identity anonymous by wearing neo-African masks in DayGlo colors, allegedly to keep the audience’s attention focused on the beats. So far, it looks like it's working.

His debut album, released, takes elements from head-crunching electronic sub-genres like dubstep and experimental bass, and flips them into accessible, deeply danceable and highly satisfying club-bangers.

Take for example this track, “Wildfire.” It has all the bubbly groove of dubstep’s wobble-bass, without any of the genre’s percussive schizophrenia. The song also features the wispy and always-delicious vocals of Yukimi Nagano, the lead singer of Sweden’s acclaimed Little Dragon.

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