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∞ Bubblin ∞ LDFD (Magical Properties, Dallas TX) ∞ Celoso ∞ Gumar ∞ Citymouth ∞

Posted in Ben Tactic, Bubblin, Citymouth, Dropping Gems, Gumar, LDFD, Lincolnup with tags on January 4, 2012 by lincolnup


Saturday February 11 2012

LDFD (Magical Properties – Dallas, TX) DJ

with Bubblin Resident DJ’s
Lincolnup + Ben Tactic

315 SE 3rd
Inner Eastside PDX
21+ Free Before 10:00 – $5 After
9:00 Doors 9:30 Show
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For our first Bubblin of 2012 we’re elated to be teaming up with PDX juggernaut crew Dropping Gems to bring you the Pacific NW debut of burgeoning producer/dj LDFD out of Dallas, TX. LDFD caught quite a few ears in 2011 when he dropped his debut EP “Outtacontrol” on Daedalus’s Magical Properties label. The roundly lauded and applauded release explored sonic spaces ranging from thickly, richly textured boom baps to glistening garage house winners. We all came to realize that LDFD’s sounds are a natural common ground for Dropping Gems and Bubblin to meet upon and have a cracking party! And then we went and added Celoso’s vibrant live laptop and drums show (they crushed it at Flux in November), a magical dj set from the illustrious Gumar, the wondrous electro analog-acoustic explorations of Citymouth, plus your trusted Bubblin Residents Ben Tactic and Lincolnup, all making for another Bubblin that’s readily set to pop off…

More about the artists…


Justin Ledford, aka LDFD, became obsessed with making music since he was given a guitar by his uncle at age 9. Since then he has been taking in a wide range of influences to create his own sound. He was studying jazz guitar at the time that he started making beats on an SP-404 and soon dropped his lessons to spend more time creating rather than practicing. Shortly after, he got a set of turntables and started mixing dubstep (at a time when the term “brostep” was unheard of). LDFD’s sound has landed somewhere between the “beat scene” and “bass music” with touches of jazz funk and southern hip hop. Across the span of 2011, LDFD has preformed at shows with Daedelus, Low Limit, Tokimonsta, Shlohmo, Samiyam, Sepalcure, Free The Robots, EPROM, Distal and Dubbel Dutch.


Quick on the come-up but no strangers to the ever evolving sounds of forward thinking dance music, CELOSO consists of Portland long timer, Graintable (Jim Cooke) and Devin Landau on live drums (agent at Surefire Agency North America). Together the duo melds minimal house, techno, and 808 driven floor movers to create a live show that not only has a percussive ebb and flow that is efficient, but a certain simplicity to keep the vibe flowing as well.


Kris Geffen, aka Citymouth, holds a deep appreciation for field recording, tape manipulation, modular synthesis, intricate percussive sequencing, and the outcome of combining these elements. Since the beginning he has consistently taken inspiration from the psychedelic, the soulful, and the inexplicable. Born and raised in Austin, Texas, he had an early exposure to live music and began playing piano at the age of 6. In 2005 he moved to the Pacific Northwest, and quickly became involved in the local music scene, performing as part of Seattle’s Pill Wonder and recording a superabundance of bedroom hip hop material with Olympia’s Nag Champa. During this time he also became immersed in The Evergreen State College’s music technology labs, where he mined for new sounds using old tricks.
His most recent work under the Citymouth moniker exemplifies the results of these explorations. Citymouth’s compositions spark a conversation between those evolving incarnations of electronic music that often refuse to acknowledge each other. Never settling too comfortably into a specific pace, the decidedly non-dancefloor-centric sonic experiments meld together elements of beauty from many sources. Expect to hear expansions on the electro-acoustic pairings of the recent avant-guard hip hop movement, injected with a unique combination of frenetic intelligence and analog warmth.
The debut Citymouth EP entitled Holodecker was released March 29, 2011 via Dropping Gems. His work has been met with positive reviews and featured by many respected music hubs, including XLR8R and Create Digital Music. He’s shared the stage with the likes of Teebs, Devonwho, Groundislava, Asura, Anenon, Matthewdavid, Yuk., as well as many other talented artists up and down the west coast. He is currently in the process of recording a full-length album and has a slew of tracks set for release on various international compilations.

Re: Dropping Gems

Dropping Gems is a label and collective of artists based in the Pacific Northwest.
Our goal is to share our vision of the future of humanity, particularly as it’s expressed in the form of electronic music.
We produce and release albums, and we throw shows for people to come see what we do. We serve as a DIY conduit between the Northwest and producers from around the country. We are asked to curate things. But mainly we sit around a table and kick it.

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