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Ryan Hemsworth

Ryan Hemsworth

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Ryan Hemsworth, Stefan Ponce, Monobody Recommended Soundboard 18+

When: Thu., Oct. 29, 9 p.m. 2015
Price: $10, $3 with RSVP
In June Canadian producer Ryan Hemsworth dropped the colorful Ryanpack Vol. 2, a short mixtape featuring remixes from acts as disparate as Chicago bop leaders Sicko Mobb, fourth-wave emo charmers Tigers Jaw, Canadian rap titan Drake, and California pop-punk royals Blink-182. It not only bolsters Hemsworth’s reputation as an inventive producer with his finger on the pulse of pop and its underground, but it shows that he’s as keen on getting hearts to flutter as he is on getting feet to move—and to borrow from the Blink track Hemsworth remixed, he wants people “feelin’ this.” His vision isn’t bound to just his own music, though, because he’s eager to shine light on odd electronic-music artists. He’s had a hand in the Web-based concert series SPF420—for which he performed a set while sitting in his bathtub back in 2013—and last year he launched Secret Songs, an informal label that releases a new track from a burgeoning producer every two weeks. Seattle’s Lucas was one of the first to work with Hemsworth—and his mellow, glistening “Keep U Warm” is the label’s eighth release and the beginning of a budding partnership between the pair. Earlier this month they released a joint EP through Secret Songs called Taking Flight. The album features a thoughtful blend of tender synths, animated percussion, vocal samples that melt as they play, and an occasional tastefully hyperactive pileup of every electronic trigger in each producer’s arsenal. It’s the kind of thing underground electronic-music enthusiasts crave, but it’s also an EP that any Blink-182 fan with an open mind can love.
— Leor Galil



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