Bouncing back to Philly after an LA sojourn, Kate Faust will perform at Silk City tonight. The electro R&B / pop musician released a new batch of songs called Capsizing earlier this year; watch “Your Body(Breaking)” from the EP below. Tickets for the 21+ show with Kingsley Ibeneche and Jacqueline Constance can be found here.
Philadelphia jazz-inspired hip-hop artist MH The Verb plays tonight at Silk City. The rapper recently released a video for his song “Last Dance” commemorating the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut in collaboration with his production collective ArtHouse95. Check out the video for “Last Dance” below and click here for more information and tickets. Continue reading →
Marcus Harris has bounced around the east coast quite a bit over the past few years, absorbing a tapestry of sounds and ideas. A hip-hop kid from Florida, he got his start mixing live instrumentation with DJ-based rap while going to college in Pittsburgh, performing in the band Beatz ‘n’ Verbz. When that crew split and he moved to Philly, his new persona MH the Verb was in full effect. He dropped a bunch of funky Bandcamp mixtapes and gigged at spots like World Cafe Live while holding down a day job at a boutique record label.
Later, a stint in New York inspired him to stretch the project further into the multimedia realm. The long MTA rides from his place in The Bronx to the gallery and studio community in Brooklyn gave him a lot of time to think and plan. The song “Melly’s Walls,” which he performed in this week’s Key Studio Session, was inspired by arriving at a gallery gig early and watching as the artists hung their work on the walls; lyrics were written on the spot, and the song was recorded the next day and released on 2014’s The Balloon Guide.
These days, MH is back in Philly, and has been doing some great stuff with the production collective ArtHouse95. Continue reading →
Settled Arrows headlines Bourbon & Branch tonight. Leighton, PA native Andrew Mars began recording under the moniker just last year, making his debut with Public Privacy. He’s no stranger to performing live, though; now living in Philadelphia, Mars has appeared on stage with BalletX, Pig Iron Theatre, and sometimes plays piano at Tavern on Camac. His experienced showmanship shines through on the record, while the lyrics could have been ripped straight from a diary. Listen to “Jimmy Desert” below and pick up tickets to the 21+ show here.
Funkadelphia, a local publication and consortium of music promoters, has joined forces with local event firm Deathwaltz Media Group for a new music series called Altered States. The series is a six week residency at Silk City that features an eclectic line-up of local and inter / national acts, bridging EDM, hip hop, funk and beats with an electronic angle. Belgium duo GangaWhiteNight kick-off Altered States on September 30th with New Jersey psych / bass producer Ludge and WireTap. Check out some of the bands below, along with the full Altered States schedule. Tickets and information on the full schedule can be found here..
Local duo P.S. 118 celebrate the release of their Vol. 1 EP at Silk City tonight. Jansen Scott and Lucas Hough have been working on their EDM music for awhile, drawing influences from scenes in Chicago and the UK as well as Hough’s jazz background. We premiered their song “Function” last week, which you can listen to below. Get more information about tonight’s release show here.
Jansen Scott and Lucas Hough are not trying to jump on the EDM bandwagon. The duo, known as P.S. 118, have been producing U.K.-inspired house for some time now and are finally releasing an EP titled Vol. 1. Set for release on June 7th, Vol. 1 deviates from the build-and-drop template so many house artists adopt. Instead the EP leaves room for meandering melodies and “infectious grooves”, as Hough describes, making it the ideal soundscape for a either night out or a mellow get-together. Hough says, “We want to make music that’s enjoyable in headphones and on the dancefloor – a journey.” Continue reading →
As a sort of warm-up to this weekend’s Roots Picnic, Roots crew affiliate Dice Raw plays a set tonight at Silk City. If you’ve never seen him live, Dice cuts a charismatic figure and we can expect to hear songs from his records Jimmy’s Back and The Greatest Rapper Never, some of his Roots tracks and other collabs. Tickets and more information on the show can be found here. Continue reading →
David Marston is a producer and DJ from Philly by way of Jamaica, and it’s no surprise that his roots Kingston play a major part in his earthy, deep-house beats. It’s clubby-sounding, but way too intimate for a club setting. Cool keyboard interludes, light xylophone tones, island drums and soulful vocals seem to be a consistent recipe for Marston’s smooth tracks.
Marston is signed to electro-world label Soul Clap. He recently released an EP through Soul Clap titled Jamaicalia, which you can stream here. On July 9th, he will play a show at Silk City along with A Sol Mechanic, JXL Beats and Maybewise. You can find full event details here.
Listen to “I Don’t Wait” off the Jamaicalia EP, below.