Alland Byallo, Marcus Price, and Relcad
ALLAND BYALLO: ANOTHER GREAT AMERICAN TECHNO ARTIST WHO MOVED TO BERLIN
By now, you should implicitly trust the heads behind the DROP monthly to deliver the high-quality goods. The local crew came through again this month with headliner Alland Byallo, yet another badass American techno DJ/producer who's moved to Berlin, where he can really be appreciated... and compensated. His productions veer toward the nocturnal, sly, and sexy side, with minimal percussion patterns and synth motifs expertly arrayed to maximize their libidinous impact. Byallo's tracks remind me of those by another US citizen who moved to Germany's capital: ex-Seattleite Jeff Samuel. Odds are, a lot of people are gonna get lucky tonight—maybe even you. With Chad Neiro, Jameson Just, Trinitron, Rhines, Night Train, and Kadeejah Streets. Lo-Fi Performance Gallery, 9 pm–3 am, $10, 21+.
MARCUS PRICE'S WEIRD SOUNDS FROM EVERETT
Marcus Price hails from Everett, where, every once in a great while, weird music emanates. He's one of those musicians whose work straddles the line between psychedelic rock and experimental-electronic music, kind of in the vein of Seattle solo artist the Numbs and Brooklyn's Black Dice. But let's not split generic hairs: Price's creations need to be heard by anyone with antennae acutely attuned to the cosmos's stranger frequencies—a demographic that I hope includes all of Data Breaker's readers (one can dream). For a heady brainful of Price's aesthetic, check out his latest release on Bandcamp, Morning Ritual (gangfunktangents.bandcamp.com/album/morning-ritual). The man has beautiful, subtle methods for inducing disorientation, a talent possessed by too few. With Fungal Abyss and Midday Veil. Josephine, 9 pm.
INSTANT TECHNO CLASSIC: RELCAD'S ANONYMOUS CITY
Seattle is ridiculously loaded with skillful electronic musicians, and a lot of 'em operate under the media radar, unfortunately. One local cat who deservers wider recognition is Relcad (aka Alex Duff). Why am I the only person in town who's written about this guy? Why has Relcad not played Decibel? To quote Soft Machine, why are we sleeping? Thank the left-field-techno gods, then, for Pleasure Boat Records. The local label run by the ever-savvy Ian Scot Price issued Relcad's third album, Anonymous City, on December 14. It's another astounding collection that showcases his knack for speckling oddly metered rhythms with bizarre tonal daubs—without losing the dance floor (although it may be left covered in a peculiar residue). Get you some Relcad—and other PBR greatness—at pbrecs.com.