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Thursday, September 27 • 9:00pm - Friday, September 28 • 1:15am
Dropping Gems Showcase

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For their 2012 Decibel Festival Showcase, Dropping Gems has assembled a fresh group of innovative electronic producers in service of their perennial effort to bring thought-provoking electronic music to the club environment. Balam Acab headlines the showcase with his live set, a locus of thick ghostly ambience. Few other artists have been able to compose music so warm, sorrowful, and personal, and still manage to totally envelop (and move) their audiences in the process. Devonwho is a synth visionary, a veteran of buttery chords and percussive inventiveness. A long time friend and supporter of DG, Devon never fails to bring a smile to his audiences faces, and his music is the sonic embodiment of that positivity.
Natasha Kmeto is a DG crew member and soulful dancefloor demolition expert. Her incredible vocal talent enshrouds inventively composed beds of bass and rhythmic texture, great on record but even more visceral when seen live. DJAO is also a DG crew member, in addition to being a cultivator of bass-induced shivers. His music is typically dance oriented but can lapse into ambient drone at a moment's notice, only to build back again into pulsing swung-out floor burners.

For fans of Holy Other, Clams Casino, and Flying Lotus
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BALAM ACAB / live a/v / 12:15 am - 1:15 am
Tri Angle / Domino

DEVONWHO / live / 11:30 pm -12:15 am
All City Dublin

NATASHA KMETO / live / 10:45 pm - 11:30 pm
Dropping Gems

DJAO / live / 10:00 pm - 10:45 pm
Dropping Gems

MIKO REVEREZA / visuals
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Doors at 9:30 pm : $15 : 21+ : FREE WITH DB PASS

Artists
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Balam Acab

Tri Angle
Balam Acab, like Salem and oOoOO, traverse the same shadowy territories that seem at once sensual and unnerving. Balam Acab creates something akin to Burial being slowly drowned in an ocean of drone, a cybernetic limbo haunted by distant machine moans, those trademark ghostly digi-diva vocals positively lost in another world all together.
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Devonwho

All City Dublin
One of the Klipmode family - whose membership includes Suzi Analogue, mndsgn and Knxwledge - the LA via Portland-based producer, devonwho, makes awesome, synthy, low-slung beats that sit somewhere in between hip hop and experimental electronic music - if you’re up on Beat Dimensions or the Beatnicks 12”s you’ll know the vibe. Various members of Klipmode have done a series of EP releases entitled 3P (which can be yours for less... Read More →
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DJAO

Dropping Gems
Seattle native DJAO, aka Alex Osuch, has been a DJ for over a decade, but the last two years have seen him shift focus towards his work as a producer. It began at the in-office studio of a former employer, where he was permitted to come in after-hours and hungrily experiment late into the night. It’s been in the past year, however, that his music has really begun to take shape and flourish. After joining up with Dropping Gems, Alex began to... Read More →
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Natasha Kmeto

Dropping Gems
Natasha Kmeto is a Portland-based singer and electronic producer. Drawing on rich musical backgrounds in jazz, r&b, dance, and hip-hop, she describes her music as “futuristic soul.” After journeying through music school and life as a session musician, and migrating from LA to Portland, Kmeto has arrived at her current project, her most independent and passionate enterprise so far. Exploring the more soulful side of beats and... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2012 9:00pm - Friday September 28, 2012 1:15am
Barboza 925 E. Pike St, Seattle