After Genius-ing tomorrow night, might I suggest DJ Zeta Barber and OCnotes at LoFi with their Back to the Future Party. It's '80s crossed up with '50s into 2020s. You'll hear anything from Chuck Berry, Dee Dee Sharp, and the Beach Boys, to Devo, Prince, and Cyndi Lauper, all the way up to Purity Ring, Juicy J, and Heroes & Villains.
Zeta Barber recently released a split beat tape with Diogenes (Dax-o-Tronic) called STONES X FLAME via the Care Package label. It’s a bit of 8-bit, Bruce Lee jazz - nighttime skywriting—a terrarium of sex inside a planetarium. Sade calling Mix-a-Lot. I asked Zeta to break down the song “Solar (Reticuli)" and how the project came together.
Zeta: “Solar (Reticuli)” is an encounter inducer. It's an introduction to a line of spaced-out "Reticuli" tracks I'm working on. I'm ever intrigued by the connection our minds have to the universe and the role that sound can play in unlocking things. This is my science class. When I say Reticuli, I'm referring to the Zeta Reticuli species and star constellation.
I use FL Studio to make these, along with Serato and some Korg/Behringer/Boss tools and gadgets I've been collecting. I took a line from the Sir Mix-a-Lot "Swass" track off Gold, referring to the solar system on a Saturday night, and put that on a hypnotic type line I was stretching out with Sade, and an almost absent yet heavy bassline. I've never been a natural at doing ordinary tracks, and I'm coming to accept that.
What made you and Dax decide to do Stones X Flame?
Zeta: After seeing a bunch of posters and graphics Dax (Diogenes) was posting, I approached him about doing a joint shirt design, since I do screenprinting and visual arts too (See: Zeta's clothing line MintFactoryClothing). It quickly turned into a cassette + tee-shirt project. We're both on that "bring back the cassette" kick, and our friends at Lo-Flydelity Records are the ones making tapes possible in town.
We both chose to take an experimental approach. I chose 8-bit samples and some beat flipping. He went in on the grimy-jazz tip with some Kung-Fu flick flavor. You can see how both our bonus tracks revert to the sound of the rest of our projects. We hand screenprinted cassettes and tees are available, and a few beenies.