Featuring some of the longest running "Downbeat" artists & DJ's, as well as, one of the
most established Downbeat / Dub collectives in the country.
Since 2000, NY-D.C.-Chicago-Austin transplant, Architektur has played Downbeat and Dub in cities from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico to Vienna, Austria. Now residing in Raleigh, Architektur released his debut album, Travelogue, on Burning Bowl Records. The Wire Magazine described "Travelogue" as 'Meat Beat Manifesto collides with Shorty Rogers' and Austinist proclaimed the album as the soundtrack to the Mothership: "Stroll down the promenade and gaze out into the depths of space as the eerie 1920s big band drowns in molten reverb before the leering percussion tears you away". He has also composed award winning scores, including a Telly Award for the documentary "Lady Titans: A Title IX Victory". Architektur founded the music portal Lounge Productions and produces & hosts the "Downtempo" radio station, Passport Radio. Passport has featured Architektur's exclusive interviews with members of Gotan Project, Thievery Corporation, Kruder & Dorfmeister's G-Stone, Bitter:Sweet (Quango) and General Electrics (Compost), among others. The album "Musik For Film" was compiled by Architektur for Burning Bowl Records and was ranked among the best Downbeat & Dub albums of 2008, receiving airplay on over 100 radio stations worldwide including: BBC, FM4 Vienna, KCRW, KPFA & KEXP. "Big up to Architektur, the man behind the great 'Musik for Film' compilation on Burning Bowl Records. This cd is a must-have for every downbeat/chilled dub fan...great stuff!!" (FM Brussels).
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Austin's Jon Coats and Randall Peterson formed Canartic
with bass player Gerard Smith in 2002, while collaborating at Peterson's Javahut Studio. Canartic utilize dub and downtempo styles as guides to collage electronic shapes around simple grooves. The chilled results are then injected with a dose of psychedelia, courtesy of heavily processed guitar. Finally, samples round out the mix, providing listeners with hints to the ideas behind the music. Live, Canartic perform as a duo, with Coats dub mixing in real time from hard disk, and Peterson adding treatments and his processed guitar. The duo may mix their tracks for headphone use, but live you'll see the speaker cones move! Sea Of Tranquility described Canartic's release "Bouncing Radar Beams Off The Moon" as "plenty of slow, psychedelic jams that call to mind The Orb on bovine testosterone, Bill Laswell on downs and turntable guitarist Andre LaFosse taking it real chill". Canartic are dedicated to spreading their 'slow motion sound', especially on their label, Dank Disk, which also features the Czech Republic's Ambient-Psychedelic duo, Praguedren. Canartic is currently working on their 4th album "Echo Alpha".
For over 15 years, Rick Torres
has been at the forefront of "Downbeat" music, co-founding the acclaimed bands, The Supreme Beings Of Leisure (Palm Pictures) & Lazy (Burning Bowl) and co-producing the debut Bitter:Sweet album, "The Mating Game" (Quango). The All Music Guide describes his band, Lazy, as a "blend of modern Electronica with retro pop sounds, throw in some exotic touches and a filigree of turntablism", and their distinct sound has been featured in various films and television. Rick Torres has also performed live alongside The Crystal Method & Roni Size, as well as, headlined the opening of the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. Rick remixed for Marilyn Manson, L7 & Hole, among others. Rick, who also played lead guitar for the new English Beat, now fronts his own Electronic-Pop group, The Smart Set. Rick is currently producing at his E-Records Studio in Los Angeles and recently released the track, "Love Never Dies", which was featured in the Karma Hybrid commercial by Fisker Automotive.
John Lohse AKA John Gomi
- DJ, Musician, Artist, Designer & Gomi Boutique owner, celebrates 20 years of performing & producing electronic music. Since the 90's, John Gomi has maintained a residence in Austin, TX (with brief stints in New Orleans) and has been a part of just about every incarnation of the Austin electronic music scene. Gomi founded Monk The Ensemble, Austin's first band to feature a DJ along side live musicians, the group featured Rudy Eccles on Bass and Rev. Pain Hernandez on Saxophone. John Gomi has also played along side groups as diverse as the Japanese noise band, Space Kings of Carnival and Andy Hughes of the legendary Orb. Marc Savlov of The Austin Chronicle states, "John Gomi's been an integral part of Austin's DJ community since day one." Gomi's latest outfit is "a live electro-rock dance-improv project" called City Of Hungry Ghosts. John is presently focused on releasing vinyl by artists like, My Education, and touring the U.S. & Europe in support of his boutique record label, Beat.Imprint.
was co-founded by Architektur and John Gomi in early 2005. The NuJazz outfit introduced a new direction in Jazz, Soul & Funk. Modernist Movement's live performances included various World, Jazz & Downbeat musicians and featured Austin's Rev. Pain Hernandez on Saxophone.