We’re a little less than two weeks out from TheHundred’s first festival: Cloak & Dagger. While we’re all charged for the big name national acts like Golf Clap, Justin Martin, and Moon Boots, there’s a real thrill in seeing Denver’s homegrown talent sharing the stage with those guys, as well as headlining our very own locals’ stage. We can’t release set times and who’s playing where just yet, but each day this week we’ll feature two or three of the locals playing here at the blog so you can familiarize yourself with their sound and prioritize your time accordingly.
DIRTY//CLEAN label-mates Dawn Safari and Snubluck will be performing back-to-back sets at Cloak & Dagger. Both artists have made a name for themselves in the Denver dance scene with a sound simultaneously ethereal and dirty. Deep and glitchy. And, appropriately enough, both cloak themselves in mysterious personas:
Dawn Safari describes himself as “an animal disguised as a human wearing an animal mask,” and is rarely seen on stage showing his human face. Characterizing his sound as “dream bass,” he revels in deconstructing sounds and then reconstructing them with dubbed bass, beats reminiscent of the dirty south, and synths that well to the surface and scatter atop contorted vocals. His remixes of artists like Brandy, Christina Millian, and Boyz II Men reveal a love of R&B that manifests itself in his original tracks as well. You can expect live percussion and hardware effects as he incorporates his own tracks into his live set.
Snubluck, who describes his sound as “homegrown beats, glitch, and sampledelia,” has a slightly warmer feel that incorporates ambient sounds simultaneously organic and industrial. Stuttering beats and soft pads define the ambient core of his sound while what could very well be birds chirping morphs into laser beams and wind chimes.
Together they work magic on productions, as can be heard in their remix of R. Kelly’s I’m a Flirt below. This month DIRTY//CLEAN will be releasing a four track release of bootlegs they collaborated on—be sure to check that out after you see them live at Cloak & Dagger on Saturday, September 20th. You can buy your tickets here.