Published on October 14th, 2013 | by Kevin Young0
The Classixx Dance Groove Will Grow and Glow on You
Upon first listen to Los Angeles duo Classixx’s new album Hanging Gardens (released in May on the Innovative Leisure label), I kept seeing groggy visuals of waves crashing on a beach around sunrise as the shiny orb gave the sand, the ocean, and the scattered buildings a translucent orange glow. These lush visuals weren’t the result of bong rips or ‘shroom trips, but the result of placing headphones over my ears. If it weren’t for the beats being so head-noddingly hypnotic, I’d say Hanging Gardens is the dreamy member of the indie dance scene.
The DJ/ Production duo, also known by their government names Michael David and Tyler Blake, aren’t new to this, but to look at their pictures, I’d assumed they were elder statesmen of the electronic dance music scene.
Classixx’s resume and rapid ascent into the stratosphere of indie dance had fooled me as well. Their remixes for artists as disparate as the driving force of the French rock band Phoenix and the soulful strut of Mayer Hawthorne show the expansive potential of remixes. It never hurts to share the stage with artists like A-Trak, Crystal Castles, and Chromeo to boost your status in the indie dance world.
On a related note, a few days ago a friend saw me nodding my head with my headphones strapped to my ears. I removed my listening contraption.
“What are you listening to?” he asked.
“Classixx,” I said.
“How is it?”
“I dig it. You should listen. It’s beautiful in there,” I said with no hint of sarcasm.
He rolled his eyes. “Did you really just say that?”
Yes. I had just said that somewhat hippie-ish, pretentious comment but regardless of how silly it may have sounded, I meant it.
This Saturday, Classixx will make a stop at the Music Farm here in the Holy City to open for Toro y Moi. Instead of just rocking a live DJ set, they’ve created a live show that has them playing all their instruments instead. If you like to dance or have fits of neck spasms, you should check it out. I’m sure it will be as beautiful there as it was in my headphones.
Classixx opens for Toro Y Moi at the Music Farm on Sat. Oct. 19 at 9 p.m. Tickers are available for $18 at the door and $15 in advance. Visit soundcloud.com/classixx for tunes and see classixx.la/blog and facebook.com/CLASSIXXOfficial for even more.
See the video for “All You’re Waiting For” (with Nancy Whange of LCD Soundsystem) below:
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