Denis (Gramatik) is the man, plain and simple. Amid the echo-chamber of funk-inspired EDM, the slovenian producer continues to twist and tinker with his sound in ways that consistently challenge generic conventions. His latest EP, Re:Coil Part I, is perhaps his most demonstrative work yet, collaborating with a slew of artists to produce 7 intrinsically unique tracks that somehow manage to compose a cohesive album. It seems impossible that an album that opens so aggressively with this song, could just as easily harbor the smooth licks and vocals of this one. Each track manages to be surprising, but not jarring.
This will be my fourth time seeing Gramatik, and while I’m not typically the type to repeat shows, I’m happy to make this exception. The rate at which he releases music, and the variance in his live shows has ensured that no two shows have been the same. I’ve seen a DJ set, a live set, and a set with guitarist Adam Stehr (my personal favorite), but all of these have been at festivals over the past few years, so I’m excited to finally get Gramatik on his own tour, doing his own thing. Based on videos from previous tour stops, I think we can expect to get Adam Stehr for this show, which is a seriously tasty treat, adding an element of electro-blues in addition to some welcome live instrumentation.
Also worth shouting out is opener, Balkan Bump (think Beats Antique, but with more Polka and 808’s). I’ll be there early to check him out and revel in those sweet, live-horns. Doors at 8, show at 9, dad dance moves all night. Catch me churning butter and mowing the lawn at The Farm Sunday night!