Decibel Festival kicks off today and runs through Sun. Sept. 30th! There's so much action to be had this year, it's easy for artists to get lost in the mental shuffle. Here are three acts you should have penciled firmly into what is already, I'm sure, a packed schedule.
Roman Flügel is a powerhouse in the world of techno. He spearheads staple dance music labels Playhouse, Klang, and Ongaku and has worked with next-level producers like Sven Väth and Daft Punk. His productivity under his own name or various monikers (Acid Jesus, Alter Ego, Eight Miles High, Roman IV etc.) is unparalleled and of the highest quality. Flügel's a DJ's DJ and he sets a gold standard for effortlessly weaving together the best of 20+ years of dance-music. His multiple performances over Decibel weekend promise to affirm the sheer power of techno and its ability to make you completely lose your shit.
Roman Flügel performs at Nuemos, alongside Max Cooper, Matt Tolfrey, and David Martin, Sat Sept. 29, and at Q Nightclub with Nina Kraviz, and Dave Aju. $20 adv./free with Db Pass
Public Lover is the collaborative project of Ninca Leece and hometown hero Bruno Pronsato, who, since his relocation to Berlin several years ago, has risen to the upper echelon of contemporary techno producers. While Pronsato's live sets always veer toward the heady, jacked-up, and bizarre end of the minimal-techno spectrum, Public Lover is like night and day by comparison, the "come-down" music to Pronsato's otherworldly peak-time material. Expect melancholic, organic rhythms that embrace the lofty and jazzier elements of dance music, creating a mature and subtle sound that, when coupled with Leece's vocal work, will be a perfect way to close out the festival.
Public Lover perform at Neumos, Sept 30, alongside John Talabot and Pezzner. $18 adv/free with Db Pass.
Cyanwave is the brainchild of local artists Keith Kelley and Justin Brynes. The two have been producing spaced-out, dub techno since 2008 and have dialed their craft down to a science. Performed using a combination of analog and digital components, their set at Decibel is slated to be one of their most complex and advanced to date, with a grip of new material in store. If you like your dance music washed out in massive walls of reverb and to sound like it was created at the final outpost of some distant galaxy, these are your guys.
Cyanwave perform at Nuemos, Sept 26, alongside Monolake, Tarik Barri, and bvdub. $18 adv./free with Db pass