GHOSTLY INTERNATIONAL'S BEACON AND LORD RAJA
Meet a couple of Ghostly International's newest bright hopes: Beacon and Lord RAJA. Beacon are the Brooklyn duo of Thomas Mullarney III and Jacob Gossett. They play lush yet spare song-based electronic music with heart-on-sleeve vocals that seemingly come from a woman—perhaps ex–Everything but the Girl's Tracey Thorn. But no, they're male vocals. This is 21st-century R&B with not a hair out of place and immaculately applied makeup. It's too cool even to work up a cold sweat. New York producer Lord RAJA (aka Chester Raj Anand) debuted on Ghostly last year with A Constant Moth, a vividly hued, jagged fusion of hiphop, IDM, footwork, and dreamy ambient music. He makes tracks that are at once jittery and chill, a rare feat. At its best, A Constant Moth sounds like something hot off Flying Lotus's Brainfeeder label. Lord RAJA is one of Ghostly's most exciting new signings and should not be missed (note the early start time of this show). Barboza, 7 pm, $10 adv, 21+.
KOWTON'S WILD FUTURE BASS/TECHNO HYBRIDS AND RAICA'S ABSTRACT ALIEN ATMOSPHERES SUPPORT ANDY STOTT
Because the world-renowned English producer Andy Stott is covered in other places in the paper, let's focus on Kowton and Raica here. Fellow Brit Kowton (Joe Cowton) records for scorching-hot labels Livity Sound and Hessle Audio, so you know he's got the skills to give you chills. Working in that still evolving zone where dubstep/future bass intersects with techno, Kowton keeps his tracks endlessly fascinating with a panoply of warped and wild percussion sounds and delirious atmospheres, often with his production partner Pev. This is Kowton's Seattle debut.
Local producer Raica (aka Chloe Harris, co-owner of the excellent Further Records) keeps improving in her live sets while never repeating herself—a very rare combination in any genre. Working mainly with the Waldorf Q synthesizer, Raica creates a highly distinctive sonic vocabulary, which can be heard to best effect on Dose, a new vinyl reissue of her 2012 cassette release. It's a supremely unnerving collection of beatless compositions that find several different ways to evoke otherworldly atmospheres without relying on familiar signifiers (hear it at furtherrecords.org/album/dose). For this show, Raica will probably add rhythmic punch to her menagerie of surreal textures, to placate those restless Andy Stott fans. Neumos, 8 pm, $15 adv, 21+.