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Finally, the Decibel Festival Wrap Up MEGAPOST

Posted in Bubblin, Decibel Festival, Lincolnup, Uncategorized on October 5, 2010 by lincolnup

Alright! Decibel Festival 2010 was truly incredible. High fives all around to festival founder and curator Sean Horton and his able staff for coming thru with this world class event. I had an amazing time and we here at Bubblin are honored to have gotten to contribute to the proceedings.

There was an absurd amount great music and visual art to take in, so much so that I missed lots of performers that I would’ve loved to have seen: all the Optical Showcases (Fennesz, Oneohtrix Point Never, Murcof, Robert Henke, Noveller, Tycho, TIm Hecker), the Trust Showcase (Trus’Me, Sun Tzu Sound, Kid Hops, Mr Leisure), the Planet Mu Showcase (Starkey, Ikonika, Falty DL, Ill Cosby), all the Afterhours parties (Theo Parrish, Soul Clap, Dinky, Derek Plaslaiko, Dinky, Catz n Dogz, Lawn Chair Generals, Pezzner), Made Like A Tree Showcase (Struggle, Energy Flash, Disco Nihilist), Fwd Thinking Organisms Showcase (Tim Green, Sappho, The Perfect Cyn, Tanner Ross), DB in the Park Sunday (Praveen, Plastician, Mary Anne Hobbs, 12th Planet), plus even more (Scuba, Seplacure, Machinedrum, 214, Recess, Menami, Ctrl Alt Dlt, Low Limit, Beats Antique, Dibiase, Drumcell, XI, and on)! The artists that I missed at Decibel would’ve made for a totally awesome festival on their own. And I still took in five amazing days of otherworldly, fantastic music. Really, Decibel was beyond beyond this year. And what set it all off properly was the people who attended – everyone seemed so happy to be there, it was like Christmas/Hannukah/Kwanzaa in September for EDM lovers. It meant alot to me to get to experience all of this amazing art with so many great people, from new friends to old friends to sweet strangers.

Wed Sept 22, 2010 Opening Night:

Had a super tasty dinner at Marjorie on Union with the homie Aron Schoppert (who runs Peloton Records with Shane Silkey and Eli Huntington – watch for a Stewart Walker release with Lusine and The Sight Below remixes – soon come!). This dope Donna Summer loop was playing in the bathroom at Marjorie restaurant:

Then dipped over to the Opening Gala at Pravda Studio where Kris Moon (Missoula – Ear Candy/Laptop Battle) was playing beautiful records….

Then to the packed Ghostly Intl. Showcase at Nuemo’s, where Gold Panda (UK) played a wildly up and down set.

GP was followed by Seattle MVP (Most Valuable Producer) Lusine, who offered up a gorgeous and well paced set that was beautifully complimented by Tracer Visuals’ live video

Dipped to the DNB Showcase at Baltic Room to catch Klute (UK – Commercial Suicide, Metalheadz) drop some seeerious biz.

Then closed the night out with Pantha Du Prince back at the Ghostly Showcase, caught the lovely last half of his set.

Thursday, Sept. 23 2010

2nd night in, was a doozer. Started off at FlyLo and Friends Showcase at Nuemo’s to catch the 206 hardware dons Truckasaurus. These fine fellows have developed into a full on juggernaut over the last 7 or so years. Their live show has become an amazing kaeidoscope for the eyes and ears. Peep the vid…

Then on to the Baltic Room for PDX homies LoDubs Showcase featuring the North American debut of Clubroot, who laid down a deep, dynamic, and super danceable set, moving thru spacious 2 step swings to low slung dub killers.

Next was the Simply Shameless Showcase up at Chop Suey. Shameless crew has held it down for 7 years straight at Decibel and consistently throws some of the best events on the West Coast. Shameless mainstays Levi Clark and Adlib were holdin forth in the lounge with some swinging techno…

Dan Bell headlined in the main room and laced it up tight with a masterfully smooth set of warm minimal tech and house, and that’s how I went out for the night…

Friday, September 24, 2010

I spent the entire evening at the RBMA On The Floor Showcase at Neumo’s. It was fantastic, even tho I missed Shlomo and Teebs who were the first two acts.

I did make it in time for Headhunter, tho, and dude murked it. Was one heckuva live set, moving thru electro, techno, wot u call it, juke, funky, dubstep…

Then Mount Kimbie, whose set was unfortunately marred by technical difficulties. What they did get in was beautiful tho..

And then the mighty mighty Modeselektor did their incomparable thing… sorry tho, I didn’t get their lip syncing Antony & Bjork’s duet Fletta, was so moving I forgot to video it.

Saturday September 25 2010

Went to DB in the Park on that beautiful Saturday, caught Nosaj Thing, some of Satori Social, and NastyNasty.

Later on that night was the Hotflush Showcase, which was unfortunately marred by a blown sound system, the only real bummer of the entire weekend for me, as Scuba, Untold, and Sepalcure were at the top of my to see list. Here’s some video if Untold doin his thing, still sounds pretty good….

After a bit of hoping the sound would improve, I cut my losses and dipped to the D25 Showcase at Neumo’s. In fairness, folks I heard from who stayed said Scuba still managed to make his trax sound good despite the hamstrung sound. However, Kevin Saunderson straight up SMASHED IT. YOU CAN’T FRONT ON THE REAL TECHNO. I’m saying, anybody who tries to talk smack DOESN’T REALLY KNOW.

Sunday September 26 2010

And then Sunday was our Bubblin Showcase at Sole Repair Shop with Kyle Hall. I was amazed by this 19 year old fellow, already a super impressive DJ and Producer, traveling the world, running his own label, havin his ducks in a row for real. He’s even got remixes for Carl Craig and Dennis Ferrer coming out. Totally killing it and living the dream at 19! Yung Kyle came thru and really turned it out that night. It boggles the mind to think of what he’s gonna be doing by the time he’s 30. Dude seems to really have his mind right!

Whoa, what a time Decibel Festival was! A week and a half later and I’m still pleasantly buzzing from it. And very much looking forward to next year’s. From Decibel Festival, with Love!

Jon AD LIve @ Bubblin Pre Decibel Fest Bash 9.10.10

Posted in Bubblin, Decibel Festival, Jon AD, mix on September 14, 2010 by lincolnup

Jon AD killed it at Bubblin this past Friday, laying down a set of rarely heard vintage Chicago low end killlers with pepperings of well placed garage and mutant uk funky, demonstrating the undeniable deepness of his crates and consumate skills as a dj. If you care about house and garage musics and their permutations, you’re going to love this mix. No tracklisting, tho Jon says he’ll answer any questions posed. Enjoy!

Bubblin Showcase at Decibel Festival feat. Kyle Hall

Posted in Ben Tactic, Bubblin, Decibel Festival, Kyle Hall, Lincolnup on September 8, 2010 by lincolnup

Bubblin is honored to be combining with Decibel to present an evening of up to the time and timeless sounds featuring the Pacific Northwest debut of Detroit Wunderkind KYLE HALL (Detroit – Wild Oats, FXHE, Hyperdub).

Embodying the ethos of Bubblin with his adventurous, funky, and deep production excursions into house music, Kyle Hall is an artist that truly stands at the crossroads of past, present, and future modern dancefloor sounds. Mentored from a young age by Detroit Deep House OG’s Rick Wilhite and Mike Huckaby, Kyle has issued lauded releases on acclaimed imprints FXHE, Hyperdub, Warp, and his own Wild Oats label. Since his first release on FXHE in 2007, Kyle has demonstrated an adept ability to honor his deep Detroit roots whilst expressing his own novel and evolving style. With rousing, infectious, and enthusiastically received Dj sets at world class events and venues ranging from DEMF to Fabric to Panorama Bar, Kyle Hall is on a rapid and steady ascent to the upper reaches of dance music consciousness.

Check Kyle Hall’s mix from his appearance on Mary Anne Hobbs’ show:

Decibel Festival is incredibly stacked with world class talent this year- from Modeselektor to Flying Lotus, Kevin Saunderson, Scuba, Theo Parrish, Mount Kimbie, Headhunter, Carl Craig, Mary Anne Hobbs, Plastician, Pantha Du Prince, and dozens more. We highly recommend buying a Festival Pass and taking a five day weekend Sept. 22-26. That’s what we’re doing – let’s gooo!


Posted in 214, Ben Tactic, Bubblin, Decibel Festival, Jon AD, Lincolnup, Lo Dubs on August 22, 2010 by lincolnup


BUBBLIN and DECIBEL team up for an Official Pre dB Fest Bash


>>>> 214 <<<<

Seattle – Touchin’ Bass, Frustrated Funk, Pyramid Transmissions

>>>JON AD<<<

Portland – LoDubs



And BUBBLIN Residents

Lincolnup + Ben Tactic

FRIDAY SEPT. 10, 2010
At The Crown Room
205 NW 4th Ave
21+ *NO COVER*

About 214:

To sit at a table set with the sounds of 214 (TwoFourteen) is to be served Hungry-man portions of honey-buttered electro beats, side dishes of synth-line treats, and dollops of IDM-get-down. Like most musicians, Chris Roman’s path is rooted in a veritable melting pot of sounds. Some of the influences are obvious. Others not so much so.

His Puerto Rican birthright and Miami upbringing ring apparent when he’s pumping out sci-fi roller disco sounds, but when his vibe turns to the cold dark comfort of Detroit-esque minimal mind funk, it would seem this man forgets from whence he came. It’s a memory lapse that sounds like a lapdance in the side room of a space ship. More importantly, it’s a memory lapse that works. A lapse rooted by a love of diversity, delivered with creative finesse and good taste.

TwoFourteen effortlessly blends lush Latin roots with robo-transformer trips, always maintaining a skillful balance between the nasty, the not-right, the cold, hot, hard, and just-right — all at the same time. He’s got plenty of tricks up his proverbial record sleeve. And he’s been pulling them out for years now.

Wherever you find TwoFourteen, trust you’ll find premium blend electro and assorted savory flavors from the future.

214 just released his second album on Andrea Parker’s esteemed Touchin’ Bass label to critical acclaim. (Vinyl and Digital)

Forthcoming releases on –

Car Crash Set – Short Stack EP – Aug 17th
Harbour City Sorrow – Drift Diving EP
Transient Force – Something Simple 3.0 DJ mix
Frustrated Funk – 12″ EP


About Jon AD

Founder of the labels losonofono (Chicago house/Skweee) and LoDubs, America’s Premier Dubstep label, which was founded in the winter of 2006.

Elements of Jon AD’s DJ sets may include each, or all of the above. He is a founding member of the longest running Dubstep night in Portland, Oregon, Various, in addition to the Dancehall/Dubstep night Version, and has maintained residencies in San Francisco and Milwaukee/Chicago when residing in those cities.

LoDubs is not your ordinary dance music imprint, nor is Jon A.D. a young upstart. The label is run from inside Anthem Records, a record store (and label of the same name) that Jon owns, and which specializes in limited-edition metal, noise, and drone releases. This may seem contradictory, but Jon sees a strong connection between metal, noise, and dubstep. “Dubstep is so much about drum structures. And when you increase the air and rhythm in tracks, that allows drone and other frequencies to come out. Scorn’s stuff is very metal, and Burial and Boxcutter have some of those elements as well.”

The history of Jon AD reads a bit like a peoples history of innovative electronic music in the the United States. Born in Eugene, Oregon, and from a young age attracted to all aspects of sound, it was in his teens that he first discovered Electronic music, and realized that it had as visceral of elements as Punk Rock when combined with heavy amplification.

LoDubs has emerged as among the strongest in a short list of labels representing bass driven music in the US, and arguably the only one largely representing artists from North and South America, with over 20 releases from artists as far north and Toronto and as far south as Venezuela, in addition to those from the UK, Germany, Japan, etc.

The future will see Jon AD and LoDubs continuing to blur the lines between what is one genre or the other, be it through the releases, The multi genre monthly founded by Jon AD, Monkeytek, and Ryan Organ in 2006 known as Various, and/or through his DJ sets.

About Tracer Visuals:

Tracer Visuals has been performing live video art for over a decade now. From the start in the dingy basement afterhours of Seattle to current global super-stardom, the focus has always been on cohesion. The art is taking all the stimulations coming at the audience in the moment and represent it visually on screens, walls and retinas. This skill has been utilized by many artists, clients, and events including Radiohead, Brian Wilson, Lusine, Keller Williams, String Cheese Incident, and almost every Decibel Festival. Whatever the event calls for – be it visuals, live camera, custom software, documentation, equipment rental, or all the above, Tracer Visuals can do it professionally and affordably.

Bubblin to present showcase @ Decibel Festival 2010

Posted in Ben Tactic, Bubblin, Decibel Festival, Lincolnup on May 6, 2010 by lincolnup

Details tba in the coming months. The 7th Annual Decibel Festival is already shaping up to be the most massive yet with everybody on the below flyer already locked. Get to the Decibel site before the end of May and buy yourself a deeply discounted early bird pass!

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