With his original productions Kauf has achieved the near impossible feat of making dance music that is also song led and lyrically deep. The rhythms, informed mostly by slowed down disco, support simple, emotive chord progressions with a melancholic bent. Dense layering, his own echo-laden vocals, and a penchant for distorted, imperfect sounds create the dominant motif, where the words sometimes ring out as if emerging from a barely remembered dream.
His debut album ‘Regrowth’ is out later this year, so far we’ve seen 4 singles alongside equally staggering remixes from some of the electronic worlds finest talents. Each single charted on Hype Machine Most Popular with Through The Yard and A Ruin reaching the top spot and resulted in Kauf entering the Top 10 of the HypeM 2016 Zeitgeist Chart.
He self-released his first single in 2011 - "Relocate" b/w "When You're Out," which quickly found its way into the hands of Dan Whitford of Cut Copy who released the "As Much Again" EP on his own Cutters Records. Kauf have previously supported Ceu, Public Service Broadcasting, The Big Pink, Stormzy and many more and are available as a band or for DJ sets.
Drawing inspiration from 70s disco, 80s New Wave and 90s indie rock, Moscow's Pompeya creates unabashed pop music. The group's weaves vibrant harmonies, melodic synth lines, and punchy guitar riffs to create a sound copmared favorably to that of Holy Ghost! and Cut Copy. Their debut Tropical quickly earned the band substaintial popularity in their home country, which they supported with extensive touring throughout Eastern Europe. The US-label reissued their debut in November 2012, which was paired with a US touring debut. Tropical Remixes is the group's most recent release, which as the title implies, is a collection of remixes from the likes of Jimmy Edgar, Fred Falke, Felix da Housecat and Psychemagik, to name a few. 2014 will see the band's SXSW debut, full US tour, and new release Night EP, the first single of which is "Satellite."
Noir-Pop songstress, Maiah Manser dissolves differences and builds bridges between the worlds of automation and nature. The grit and the raw in lyrics combined with her hauntingly powerful vocals, drive together to create a chilling sensation that is both concrete and abstract, in sound and in concept.
Manser discovered her love of music at the age of four while attending preschool in Bend, Oregon where she was raised by her grandmother and single mother, who had escaped her father. With a fierce independence that stems from the feminine energy she was surrounded by, Manser taught herself to play the piano and violin and eventually fled Oregon for Cornish College of the Arts. As a student, she met Mary Lambert; that chance meeting opened the door for an opportunity to tour with Lambert as a backing vocalist, opening for artists like Sam Smith, Ariana Grande and Pharrell Williams. At 20 years old she started her professional career as a solo artist.
In 2016, Manser got her taste of the festival life, shining on both the main stage of Capitol Hill Block Party and on the Mural Stage at Bumbershoot Music Festival alongside artists like Bishop Briggs, CHVRCHES, Odesza, and Crystal Castles.
Manser has teamed up with Buddy Ross (producer for Frank Ocean, Haim, Unknown Mortal Orchestra), Phillip Peterson (string arrangement for Cashmere Cat, Santigold, A$AP Rocky), and Tom Coyne (mastering engineer for Adele, Beyoncé, Taylor Swift) to create an intensely mystifying project.
Using analog synths, connecting soundschapes and live samples, from native american chanting to the sound of a tree being cut down, Manser’s Second Skin EP aims to fuse the digital and the organic, illustrating the fantastical merge of the two types of worlds we live in today.
DJ Travis Holcombe (KCRW)
Perhaps a fitting prelude for a future DJ, Travis Holcombe's American father and Japanese mother met and fell in love in a discotheque in Osaka, Japan. About a year later, his mother would relocate to Los Angeles with his father, who at the time was managing disco bands, working the club circuit of LA in the late '70s.
Inspired by Atlanta's burgeoning regional rap scene and the underground hip-hop sound championed by the Atlanta's student-run college radio stations, Travis invested in his first DJ set-up. "At the time, I had never been to a nightclub or anything like that. I had only been exposed to DJs at roller rinks and school dances, but I knew I wanted to be a part of that scene."While attending school in Athens, GA, Travis got his first taste of radio - at the student-run radio station WUOG - before returning to California after graduation.
For the past several years, Travis has been a steady presence in the Eastside music scene and can often be seen DJ'ing or attending shows in the area, in addition to his new time slot on KCRW, Monday through Friday from 10pm to midnight.