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May 21st, 2014 MARK STOCK | Music Stories
 

Show Preview: Sohn, Mr. Little Jeans, John Dee-J

music_sohn_4029SOHN - IMAGE: Andreas Waldschuetz

[SOUL-TRONICA] Christopher Taylor, aka Sohn, is a South London product currently producing, remixing and creating his own solo material from Vienna. Praise from heavy hitters, along with studio collaborations with the likes of Lorde and Miguel, have Sohn basking in the spotlight. His debut LP, Tremors, is no less confident and well-produced than the Angel Haze and Disclosure remixes he used to turn out from the privacy of his own home. The much-buzzed British label that took him in, 4AD, is an ideal fit, with an eclectic and modern roster that includes the likes of Tune-Yards and Future Islands. Tremors teems with Taylor’s soulful, glassy vocals and fondness for dreamy, echoey electronica. It’s an avant-garde interpretation of Jamiroquai, trading funk for a cleaner, crystalline brand of digital beats, keys and moody effects. In many ways, Sohn is the product of his northern European environment, tempted by dance and R&B but often caving under the enormous pressure of open expanses, dark winters and the resulting melancholy. But it’s that very blue humanness that differentiates Sohn from the overly mechanized electronica crowd.


SEE IT: Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St., 239-7639. 8:30 pm Thursday, May 22. $13 advance, $15 day of show. 21+.
 
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