Forces At Play: SassyBlack

On her latest album, New Black Swing, released on Space Theory Records in June, Seattle-based artist SassyBlack dives further into her unique realm of psychedelic electronic soul sounds, while lyrically exposing a new emotional vulnerability in herself. Musically, there’s no denying that the former member of THEESatisfaction has culled a welcome influence from 90s R&B–from Boys […]

Band Crush: Mordecai

Last winter while on tour, Andrew Endres and his band had all of their gear stollen. Instead of letting the major setback get in his way, the Portland-based, jazz-trained multi-instrumentalist and songwriter buckled down and utilized the hardship as inspiration in writing the debut album for his band Mordecai. Today Vortex Music Magazine premiered the […]

Band Crush: Umii at Holocene 8.17

The Spice Girls knew what was up when they sang “2 Becomes 1.” Sure the song may have been about that thing consenting adults do behind closed doors, but I believe the meaning can be extended (no pun) even further. When two great things come together in collaboration, the outcome generally ought to be exceptional. […]

Forces At Play: Golden Retriever

As the avant-experimental duo of Golden Retriever, Matt Carlson and Jonathan Seilaff have an impressive eight releases under their belt over the past decade. Their latest, Rotations, out on Thrill Jockey Records comes a long three years after the well-received Seer LP, but the duo has been anything but dormant in the interim. Carlson and […]

Forces At Play: Jlin

Hailing from the somewhat unlikely town of Gary, Indiana, 29-year-old producer Jerrilynn Patton, known around the world as Jlin, is arguably one of the biggest risk takers in dance music. Though she got her start in the Chicago-born genre, “footwork,” that was popularized in the 90s, she’s broken down borders and considers her sounds to […]