Lushlife

The Echo Presents

Lushlife

Groundislava, Mast, Zak Waters, Dan Wilcox (KCRW)

Wed, January 30, 2013

8:30 pm

The Echo

Los Angeles, California

$8.00 - $10.00

This event is 18 and over

Lushlife
Lushlife
Though Lushlife describes himself as a “bedroom composer”, the em-cee/producer has been quietly crafting a catalog of sweeping full-lengths that do nothing to betray the dimensions of his small South Philly workspace. His latest, Plateau Vision¸ finds Lush at his most self-possessed, effectively ignoring the outside world of Tumblr-paced album cycles and blog buzz, to create that rare, contemplative hip-hop LP; one that somehow balances its hazed-out cassette experimentations with the pop-friendly underpinnings of big-room hip-hop.

Lush pre-empted Plateau Vision with what became one of the most talked-about mixtapes of 2011: a straight-to-cassette burner called, No More Golden Days, which was praised by outlets like Okayplayer and the New York Times, and named ‘Mixtape of the Week’ by Stereogum. Not unlike the mixtape, Plateau Vision expertly incubates ‘60s psych eccentricities, and gauzy low-fi production techniques with ’96-era hip-hop swagger. A-side banger, ‘Big Sur’ (produced by Western Vinyl labelmate, ‘Botany’) finds Lushlife, the emcee, weaving a weirdo hidden-America-as-Philly-slang vibe, while Botany splices together a beat that’s as indebted to J. Dilla as it is to Jandek. By contrast, album closer, "$takk Cheddar Galore, Alwyn Dias" plays like some lost Panda Bear joint, but one where Lush spits over his own stack-harmonies with a rapid-fire flow that touches on Orwellian references and his stress-rap tendencies, all within the same breath.

While Lush handles much of the production and rhymes on Plateau Vision, as auteur, he brings guest artists and producers into the fabric of this album in just the right ways. Standout cut, ‘"Still I Hear the Word Progress" finds Yonkers super-gangster, and former Bad Boy cohort, Styles P trading thorough “sixteens” with Lush against an at-once disconcerting and supremely poppy 8-bit backdrop. Critically-acclaimed Canadian rapper, Shad, floats past with a melancholy verse over Lushlife’s shimmering reworking of one of Erik Satie’s early 20th century Gymnopedie meditations. And finally, collaborations that were hinted at on the No More Golden Days mixtape, those with Heems of Das Racist, Memphis rap up-start, Cities Aviv, ex-Titus Andronicus garage rocker, Andrew Cedermark, and others, can be heard mastered, and in their original context.

As Lushlife explains, “I grew up as an album obsessive, so I kind of feel like I reflexively make obsessive albums, if that makes any sense.” It does. And if we’re entering the age of “The Stream”, where art itself exists in the deluge of online content, then a completist work like Plateau Vision stands plainly in defiance; an unlikely hip-hop record that embraces the long pause, as well as the big release, in equal measure.
Groundislava
Groundislava
Groundislava is a Glitch-Hop / 8-bit artist from Mar Vista, California. He combines off-timed drums and wavy synthesis with a video-game type atmosphere. Groundislava is in collaboration with artists such as; Shlohmo and Young Montana? on his newly released LP entitled "Groundislava".
Mast
Mast
A Philadelphia native now residing in Los Angeles, Tim Conley is the jazz musician, composer and producer behind MAST. Mast draws together different sonic elements and channels them out through intense live performances incorporating crushing beats, live guitar and keyboards with a composers mind and a jazz musicians desire for exploring new improvisational realms.

Mast is most know for his main collaborative project w/ RYAT which released her latest record on Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder label June 2012. With RYAT, Tim has collaborated on 3 LPs and toured extensively throughout the US, Canada, Europe and Japan. He is also known as a virtuoso guitarist and has toured w/ Grammy award winning Digable Planets and recorded w/ the likes of King Britt, the Icy Demons and Grimace Federation(Aesop Rock). In 2004 Tim released a conceptual jazz fusion album as composer and guitarist inspired by the ocean and its metaphors titled Ocean Exposition.

Mast has performed at the world famous Low End Theory and had music featured on Mary Anne Hobbs XFM, Gilles Peterson Radio and Future Sequence. He has also performed at Festivals like the Halifax Jazz Festival in Nova Scotia, Gilles Peterson's World Wide Showcase in Tokyo and Camp Bisco in upstate New York. Along his journey Mast has performed with Bernie Worrell(P. Funk, Talking Heads) Marshall Allen(Sun Ra), Mike Watt, Saturn Never Sleeps, Miguel Atwood-Fergusson, Jose James, Mark Guiliana, Taylor McFerrin and shared the stage w/ the Flaming Lips, Flying Lotus, Mew, Samiyam, Mono/poly, Teebs, Jonti and members of Thievery Corp etc...
Zak Waters
Zak Waters
LA native Zak Waters is a young, multi-talented singer/songwriter and producer who has his biggest song out to date in the UK (as of September) with DJ giant 'Madeon' called "The City." "The City" hit #1 on Hype Machine within 3 days of its release. MtvBuzzworthy.com wrote, "The L.A. musician's new jams sound like Foster the People getting pumped with Maroon 5, all high-energy Saturday-night synths and soulful, Adam Levine-y vocals."
Waters' first taste of success came in 2010 as a member of pop/rock group 'Blueskyreality.' The band opened for Third Eye Blind on multiple legs of their tour. As a kid, Zak was very into R&B music. Some of his favorite childhood singers include Al Green, Musiq Soul Child, James Brown, among other R&B legends that resonate clearly through his vocals, so it comes as no surprise that this little Italian man ended up with a sultry, diverse vocal ability.
Zak just released a remix alongside Pharrell & Benny Benassi for the newest Adam Lambert re-release, 'Trespassing', which debuted #1 on Billboard Top 200 Charts this year. Waters played 7 showcases at this year's SXSW and has been working diligently to promote his newest single, "Skinny Dipping in the Deep End," which continues to gain attention and buzz from many top blogs. Be on the lookout for his next single release, "Runnin Around" releasing Nov.13th.
Between his unconventional performance style, Prince-like dance moves, and sweet, soulful harmonies will surely take the music world by storm.
Dan Wilcox (KCRW)
Dan Wilcox (KCRW)
Host of 'Dan Wilcox'

It was evident at an early age that Dan Wilcox had a passion for music – he learned how to use his parents' turntable before he could tie his shoes. Growing up in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, interesting music was in short supply and Dan would frequent the college record store, comb garage sales, scan fanzines and make out-of-town trips just to satisfy his craving for intriguing and exotic tunes, both new and old. This experience serves him well to this day as both a DJ and a music supervisor.

For years, Dan was Music Director at Ten Music, a company that found commercial licensing opportunities for indie artists. He now works freelance as a music supervisor for various film, TV and ad projects.

Since 2007, Dan has hosted a Saturday night music program on KCRW. He hosts a musical piñata of sounds perfect for a night of partying, including new discoveries, remixes and rarities, b-sides and lost classics. In addition, he has deejayed at many of the top nightspots in Los Angeles, including The Standard Hotel, Bardot, Zanzibar, The Crocker Club and a residency at The Doheny, as well as various events at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles Film Festival and the Independent Spirit Awards.
Venue Information:
The Echo
1822 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, California, 90026
http://www.theecho.com