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July 24th, 2013 ROBERT HAM | Top 5
 

Top Five Under-The-Radar Acts at What the Festival

music_3938(jess_fists_closeup)J. PHILIP - Image courtesy J. Philip
Thriftworks
Jake Atlas has been slowly seeping into the consciousness of the California electronic scene these past three years, via a quartet of crumbling, downtempo LPs. Topping his discography is Terry-D, a collection of hip-hop-stained moodscapes that would perfectly soundtrack a post-apocalyptic video game. 


Kepi

This DJ is becoming better known via the recordings he produces with singer Kat Steinmetz, to the point of being named one of the Bay Area’s best electronic acts. On his own, he delivers steady house and electro sets that show a deep love of heavy bass and diamond-hard beats. 


Anomie Belle

Seattle-based artist Belle has collaborated with everyone from hip-hop artist Mr. Lif to power-pop icons the Posies, but it is through her solo material she truly flourishes. On recent LP The Crush, she puts the steady drone of a string section and her pliable, emotional voice to good use atop slick, multicolored electronic landscapes. 


Plantrae

The heart of this local producer’s sound is his delicate viola playing, weaved throughout the rich texture of his swinging, bass-heavy glitch. It’s an approach that never feels forced, and sits very well with his philosophy of celebrating Mother Earth through song and dance.

J.Phlip (pictured)
This ultra-talented producer and DJ learned the ways of house music straight from the source in her hometown of Chicago. She currently finds herself tearing up the clubs in her new home of Berlin and releasing appropriately titled jams “Greasy Beat,” “Swaggerin’,” and “Bootyberg.”


   

SEE IT: What the Festival runs Friday-Sunday, July 26-28, at Wolf Run Ranch in Brownsville, Ore. See whatthefestival.com for schedule and ticket information.

 
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