Vibe out to a City Bisco Spotify playlist put together by guest contributors The Disco Biscuits (festival at The Mann Center this weekend)

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The bright lights and electro-rock vibes of the extended Disco Biscuits family will set up camp at The Mann Center this weekend for the Biscuits’ inaugural City Bisco festival, happening on Friday October 5th and Saturday the 6th. It gathers together an eclectic array of artists – some have performed with these innovative Philly-based electronic jam rockers (the very like-minded Brothers Past), others are movers and shakers whose own beats and textures are perfect compliments to the Biscuit’ vibe (the funky RJD2,  eclectic hitmaker Diplo). Tickets and information on the festival can be found here. This week, we enlisted the Disco Biscuits as guest contributors to The Key; check out their Spotify playlist to your left, and read a festival overview below.

Hey guys – it’s Aron Magner from the Disco Biscuits, bringing you our first guest post on The Key in honor of City Bisco! Our first-ever urban Bisco extravaganza goes down this weekend at the Mann Center, where we’ll be joined each day by an all-star lineup.

There’s a lot of thought that goes into picking artists for a festival that we’re curating. Our wish list is always large and there are a ton of moving parts, but at the end of the day we are consistently proud of the full lineup we present when these events come together, and CITY BISCO is no exception. These are all artists you should know about if you don’t already, so I’ve put together a little playlist with some favorites for you to check out. Hope you enjoy!

Diplo – Every project he touches turns to awesome. Major Lazer..MIA..Snoop Lion, don’t matter. Awesome. The video for “Express Yourself” has caused tens of thousands of girls to tweet pictures of themselves “twerking” to Diplo. He then retweets the best of the best – which, amazingly, amounts to dozens on a daily basis.

A-Trak – This cat was a child prodigy of turntablism. Won competitions all over the world when he was a teenager. Even Kanye fell in love with him and picked him up for his tours. Also, who knew he came from such a talented musical family? His brother is in Chromeo, who we had at Camp Bisco a few years back. Obviously, I respect them both a lot.

RJD2 – I love every performance I see of RJ’s. 4 turntables and an MPC, what could possibly go wrong? There’s also an incredible interview I heard a couple years ago on the World Cafe. Here’s the link, which includes a cool video feed.

Aeroplane – I had a blast in a VIP cabana at the Fontainebleau during my first ULTRA with these guys. Well, now it’s just one guy, but whatever, you don’t need 2 kidneys, right? Go right to Aeroplane’s SoundCloud page. A new hour-long mix is released each month that’s always perfect for any party.

Cinnamon Chasers – It’s always cool when an artist reinvents himself, but it’s even cooler when he doe it while simultaneously developing his original alter-ego, in this case: Abakus. Did you know he has yet another project collaborating with his dad, Dave Davies of the Kinks?

Ott & the All-Seeing I (live band) – Could not be a nicer man in all of show business. I have respected his songwriting and production techniques for years. This show will mark one of the first times ever he has adapted his one man show to a live band. He also loves apples. Seriously. He will be endeared to you for life if you offer him an apple.

The Manhattan Project – The Young Lions of the Jamtronica scene. This duo of pure musicians are a powerhouse. They are coming up fast…so you better go check ‘em out!

Paper Diamond – My Boy Alex B. Nuff Said. He’s tearing it up right now and all well deserved. Beatz with a Z.

Papadosio – Welcome to the next generation of Livetronica. Represent represent boys.

Tipper – British, which is always a plus…range of styles…fun to watch…killer trax.

Alpha Data – The sound of 2012. A young artist that has quickly risen to the top of the beatport glitch charts. The guy talks a lot, like a lot, so it was only fitting when my bandmate Marc Brownstein was among those taking note of him last year. They could probably talk to each other for days.

City Bisco is this weekend October 5-6 at the Mann, and features the Disco Biscuits plus 15 other cutting-edge electronic acts. Tickets are available now at Ticketmaster.

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