This Little Underground
Published: June 14, 2012
The Relief in Abstract Records showcase (June 9, Backbooth) was a dope slice of Orlando's experimental electronic scene. Amid a stage strewn with TVs broadcasting live-mixed visuals – a smart touch that about 99 percent of all electronic shows could use – the local label's notable beat architects showed their stuff.
Headliner XXYYXX has been getting some serious national hype and interest. And from the tasteful quality he displayed with this particular performance, it's easy to see why. Forward-thinking, unconventional and distinctive, his jams can range from chill kaleidoscopic trips to futuristic bass bumpers. Fortune Howl also shined with his own brand of left-field liquidity in a set that possessed great motion with chunky, bright stutters and a constant sense of woozy surprise.
Beyond its youth – the artists above as well as the label's founders are teenagers – this promising little scene represents abstract electronic music made from fertile minds. And the best part is that this isn't the typical snoozy bedroom fare often emblematic of the genre. These guys are beat producers so there's some real rhythmic core and movement here. And perhaps the community that Relief in Abstract is building will give this tribe enough shape and presence to truly make its mark.
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