Data Breaker: Hanssen, J.Alvarez, Emancipator, Odesza, Trust, ERAAS
by Dave Segal
on Fri, Mar 8, 2013 at 3:34 PM
HANSSEN'S KOSMISCHE HOUSE EPICS, J.ALVAREZ'S ELECTRO MASTERPIECES
Tonight marks the release party for Seattle producer Hanssen's Programme EP on the excellent local label Pleasure Boat (see my feature on it here). Best known for his slanted and elegant house and techno productions with the duo Jacob London and in his solo guise of Hanssen (real name: Bob Hansen), he's gone off on a tangent with Programme. The emphasis here is less on booming beats to keep asses moving and more on kosmische and küte synth melodies and arpeggios soaring handsomely over chugging rhythms. The whole thing's delightfully light on its feet and unbombastically epic, like Lindstrøm, but without the Norwegian bling. Bonus: Revered Ghostly International artist Lusine adds a sweet remix of "Azur" that beefs up the bass and funk. Seattle's J.Alvarez (aka 214, aka Chris Roman) is one of the country's finest creators of electro music, with the inventively, robotically funky tracks and international discography to prove it. With Nordic Soul. Q Nightclub, 9 pm–3 am, $7 adv/$10 DOS, 21+.