In summer 2001, a little-known collective in Los Angeles named dublab released its first compilation, a disc entitled Freeways that showcased some of the city's most creative musical personalities making downtempo, avant-jazz, and leftfield hip-hop.
Fast-forward to 2007, and one could hardly say dublab is just a collective. The company has curated art exhibitions, film productions, numerous events, and hosts a heavily-visited website that offers audio streams and podcasts from a range of different musical styles.
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Indie acts just can't stop doing good. If they're not making charity lunch boxes for the Lunchbox Auction and Christmas ornaments for Glass Caster’s Union they're headlining toy drives hosted by the Los Angeles Fire Department. The latter is exactly what Pinback, Sea Wolf, and Norwegian electro outfit Datarock will be up to on December 5, at the Bands in Toyland show at L.A.'s Avalon venue. Read more »
What do you do for fun when you hail from a remote Norwegian town? First, you study classical music on the violin. Then, you discover electronic music and make friends with the likes of Linstrom, Prins Thomas, and the Get Physical crew, who will eventually release your classically-influenced electronic tracks that start a buzz about your abilities as a producer.
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Somewhere between reinventing the electro-pop wheel for labels like Ghostly and Morr, co-founding his own imprint, Suction Records, and giving a little of his precious time to side projects, ten years have passed for Jason Amm, the Zimbabwe-born, Toronto-based producer known in the music world as Solvent. Read more »
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