By Andy Soloman
VANCOUVER — No time to be wasted here; April is looking like a fantastically busy month for electronic music, so let’s get right into it and have a look at some of the highlights:
DJ EZ – April 9 @ M.I.A.
M.I.A. and Blueprint bring a true garage legend to the city. DJ EZ started his career on the same London pirate radio stations that birthed the genre, and has since become a primary authority on U.K. garage, with a 14-year run on KISS FM, countless seminal compilations, and occasional fantastic productions of his own. Local support comes from Max Ulis.
HUNEE – April 11 @ The Fox
Coming to Vancouver from Amsterdam, former Berlin resident Hunee has a reputation for unearthing and skillfully blending a wide variety of soulful underground disco and house music. With previous releases on labels such as WT Records, Rush Hour and Internasjonal, this crate-digger’s DJ has also recently released a compilation of Japanese producer Soichi Terada’s music and has an album of his own productions in the works. Added to the lineup is a visit from 10Pin co-founder and Homebreakin affiliate Lorne B, with local support from Pacific Rhythm’s DJ D.Dee.
JOHN TALABOT & MARC PIÑOL – April 22 @ Fortune
John Talabot has, over the last few years, consistently been one of the most in-demand producers and DJs in the world. Combining influences from house, cosmic disco and balearic styles (to name a few) into his own uniquely effective blend of leftfield dance music, Talabot is also internationally revered as an exciting and adventurous DJ; his 2013 DJ Kicks mix was widely regarded as one of the best in the series. As part of the Hivern Discs tour, label-owner Talabot will be joined by fellow Barcelona resident and label-mate Marc Piñol.
LARAAJI – April 23 @ H.R. Macmillan Space Centre
It’s not often that Vancouver’s Planetarium gets used as a concert venue, which in itself says something about the unique calibre of this booking. Multi-instrumentalist Edward Larry Gordon a.k.a. Laraaji is a pioneer of modern ambient music, and has a prolific back catalogue including collaborations with Blues Control and Sun Araw that stretches all the way back to a 1980 debut on Brian Eno’s Ambient series. Primarily using an electronic zither, Laraaji combines his musical skill with a passion for spontaneity and laughter meditation to create fantastically immersive and transformative soundscapes. With support from Ramzi.BC, British Columbia, DJ EZ, Fortune Sound Club, H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Hunee, John Talabot, Laraaji, M.I.A., The Fox