Little Dragon

Little Dragon

Questlove (DJ Set), Javelin, Donn T

Fri, October 14, 2011

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Terminal 5

New York, NY

$20 advance / $25 day of show

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This event is all ages

Little Dragon
Little Dragon
Grammy-nominated Little Dragon have announced their long-awaited new album Season High, out now digitally on Loma Vista Records (CD + LP in stores May 5th). This is the first new music from the electro-pop band since they released their acclaimed 2014 album, Nabuma Rubberband. Season High was produced by Little Dragon, with co-production and mixing by James Ford, in their hometown of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Discussing the process behind recording Season High, Yukimi muses, “We have grown through the years but the making of this album has been a struggle. As much as our band is based on a deep friendship we are four strong wills who find it really frustrating to compromise. We have gotten better at that though, but it’s still a real battle. It gets harder and harder for us to make records but we still love it. Sometimes it feels like we have 100% passion and life or death emotions yet there’s a pointlessness with everything. We want to exist in our own bubble where we can stay curious about sounds. The magic feeling that sounds can sprinkle over any boring day is what got us all hooked. That feeling of escapism …maybe because Gothenburg is a grey place for most of the year, our curse and blessing is that we never quite succeed.”
Javelin
Javelin
In performance, Javelin will use colorfully painted boomboxes that form large speaker totems ("boombaatas") which can hang from the ceiling or stack up on the floor like pyramids. The signal from the show is broadcast via FM transmitter, thereby fostering audience participation (B.Y.O.Boombox) or fueling battery-powered, mobile parties.

The duo has played venues as diverse as the children's branch of the Olneyville Public Library (RI), to the Museum of Modern Art (NY), both of which happened in the same week. When not performing, Javelin is busy producing. Together they have amassed a vast catalogue of music, varying in its aesthetic range. Songs resemble the record collection from whence they spring, if not literally as when sampling, then figuratively as when past forms are cited and recontextualized.

Sounds range from broken dance jams to relaxed instrumental cut-ups, created with love on their MPCs. Long forgotten samples are chopped and re-assembled with drums, wooden recorders, old keyboards, handmade thumb pianos or whatever instruments are readily at hand. The result is a kind of mix tape fantasy (residing in the mythical "dollar bins of the future"), where R&B impresarios, amateur booty bass producers and Andean flautists hold equal sway.
Donn T
Donn T
Progressive. Eclectic. Avant-garde. Maverick. The soulful, futuristic dance music on songstress Donn T’s KALEIDOSCOPIC (due July from MoreAboutMusic) embodies all these superlatives and more. This forward-facing singer-songwriter from the streets of Philadelphia satisfies all expectations for what a new millennium artist should be, slashing through musical genres while using modern technology to her utmost advantage. Donn T is a digital girl in a digital world, layering upbeat soul music all throughout her KALEIDOSCOPIC début album.
The Philly soul tradition is famously rife with outside-the-box, cutting-edge artists who stretched musical boundaries and turned the world’s ear to their sounds of expression. Donn T fits this description with the best of them. Though she nowadays also calls Los Angeles home and worked steadfastly on KALEIDOSCOPIC with esteemed UK-based French producer DJ Simbad. Donn T brings as much Philly to her game as Santigold, Jill Scott or Jazmine Sullivan before her.
“I believe my early eclectic musical influences are what most inform my approach to music today,” Donn T says. “I grew up with it all, every genre.” The daughter of ’50s doo-wop great Lee Andrews (of Lee Andrews & the Hearts), Donn T was always supported in her musical ambitions from an early age. KALEIDOSCOPIC ranges from funky London electronica to reconfigured Chicago deep house, from the post-disco New York vibe of the late ’70/early ’80s to that same period’s soulful Berlin sonics.
The frenetic first single “Look At (What U Startin’)” combines dance and pop aesthetics with a characteristically breezy ease. Upcoming remixes by Toddla T, Maddslinky, Altered Natives and Matthew Bandy should create a monster buzz for Donn T on club dancefloors worldwide. In fact, global demand for KALEIDOSCOPIC seems inevitable given the international nature of the entire project.
“[Neither] my label, nor my manager, nor the producer for KALEIDOSCOPIC are based in the U.S.,” Donn T explains. “Most of the key players responsible for pulling the project together, bringing it to light, are a world apart geographically. Digital media, blogging, all things virtual make our world go ’round. It wouldn’t be a stretch to say I never left my living room for meetings. Skype changes everything.”
No newbie to the industry, Donn T has long worked behind the scenes, i.e., songwriting on Common’s Electric Circus (“I Am Music”); performing a cover of Radiohead’s “Morning Bell” with the Randy Watson Experience (featured on Exit Music: Songs with Radio Heads); and contributing “Rainy Day” to the UPN Taye Diggs vehicle Kevin Hill, in addition to five songs for the second season of Showtime’s Street Time drama. Nearly as connected as her older brother Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson of The Roots hip-hop band, Donn T has also shared stages with or supported the live shows of singers Amy Winehouse, Patrick Stump (Fall Out Boy), Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears, Zap Mama, Nelly Furtado, John Legend, Les Nubians, Floetry to name a few.
Now, Donn T takes the spotlight. “Being out the box musically is commonplace,” she remarks. “I really wouldn’t know how to do it any other way. Inspiring a wee-bit more authenticity in the world through my music, that’s what I wanna do.” KALEIDOSCOPIC is Donn T’s contribution to the genre-busting tradition carried on by the Janelle Monáes and Meshell Ndegéocellos of the 21st century world of modern music.
Enjoy the colors…
Venue Information:
Terminal 5
610 W 56th St
New York, NY, 10019
http://www.terminal5nyc.com/