Noremixes: New electronic label to host artist showcase at Johnny Brenda’s

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Spacey Philadelphia electronic artist Starkey recently formed his own label, Noremixes, featuring some of the city’s boundary-pushing electronic artists. This Thursday, March 19, Johnny Brenda’s in Fishtown plays host to a label showcase highlighting seven of Noremixes’ artists. The evening will feature sets from the man behind the label, as well as chamber-pop act Oh! Pears, techno minimalist Mikronesia, as well as RVLVR, Beck-Fields, Winter Sleep, and ghostinthehills. Continue reading →


The Key’s Year-End Mania: Elliott Sharp’s Top Five Local Albums To Listen To Loudly With Headphones

For The Key’s year-in-review, we asked our trusted sources – our writers and photographers, XPN’s on-air staff, fellow bloggers in the Philly scene and even a few musicians – to send us their Top Five Whatevers. Could be the traditional music route – albums, songs, concerts of the year – or it could be only loosely connected. We’ll be sharing these recaps every day through to the end of the year. Today, contributing writer Elliott Sharp shares his top five local albums to listen to loudly with headphones.


1. Bee Mask – When We Were Eating Unripe Pears (Spectrum Spools)

The experimental electronic musician Chris Madak stretches sounds so far your ears will rip, and bleed, and it feels delicious, like an unripe pear.

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Get your EDM on with a downloadable comp from Philly’s Slit Jockey Records

Philadelphia-based electronic label Slit Jockey Records has been around since 2005, bumping the ever-changing sounds of the UK and EU electronic dance music underground with DJ nights, mixtapes and a loose collective of collaborators. The new Choice Cuts 2, set for release on Nov. 19, collects many of those folks together for a bass-heavy throwdown, including label founders Starkey and Dev 79 (pictured) and less familiar names like Sheffield, UK producer DS1 and Philly’s Kreuger. Crank your headphones, give it a listen in the player below. Continue reading →