Illegal Art Introduces Junk Culture
The long-running but seldom-releasing Illegal Art label is back with a new signing. After bringing the world huge releases from Girl Talk, Steinski, and others who explicitly push fair-use boundaries with their sample-based music, Illegal Art now adopts the young Deepak Mantena into their roster as Junk Culture. The Portland-based polymath's first EP, West Coast, blends live drums, euphoric vocals, and synths to give a feeling of both bliss and schizophrenia, and he performs live with his brother in a trippy but tightly woven blend of film, music, and art. Look for his LP in 2010.