VANCOUVER – Valentine’s Day? Are you shitting me? I can’t afford chocolate and flowers. I’m a music writer living in Vancouver. I shouldn’t even exist. Soon, I probably won’t. However, if you are one of the few upper-lower class BeatRoute readers out there with the means to splurge on such meaningless Hallmark holidays, perhaps you might consider throwing some concert tickets in your bouquet.
Feb. 09 @ Fortune
Celebrate VD early with Norwegian producer Peder Losnegård. He wouldn’t let the likes of Crazy Frog and Hampton the Hampster go unchallenged, so he cosmically dosed a testudines reptile with electro-house for your amusement. (FYI: no animals were harmed in the writing of this blurb.)
Zion I + Gift of Gab
Feb. 24 @ Biltmore
In one corner is Gift of Gab, the immeasurably talented, larger-than-life, cerebral word slinger of Blackalicious fame. In the other is Zion I, long-time independent hip-hop duo and frequent collaborators with The Grouch, among others. Put them on a bill together, and treat your mind, body and soul.
Feb. 24 @ Beaumont Studios
Where so many producers are motivated by sex, drugs and money, UK producer and record digger Bradley Zero Phillip gets his primary payoff from delivering catharsis through dance. As a Boiler Room original and smoothness selecta for many a different frequency, he always makes it happen.
Feb. 26 @ Vogue
Formerly known as AliveSinceForever, California-based alternative R&B/hip-hop collective BROCKHAMPTON is renowned as the Internet’s first boy band… or so the Internet would have you believe.
Mar. 03 @ Open Studios
Under the name of Black Loops, Italian producer Riccardo Paffetti puts a funky twist on German techno and Italian house. It’s pure ear candy. Plus, local legend Max Ulis is opening for him, and he never disappoints.