South African duo Christian Tiger School takes an approach to electronic music that's less overtly rhythmic than that of many of their electronic music counterparts.
They kicked off their opening set for the Okayplayer showcase at Vulcan Gas Company with lots of murky low-end fuzz and ponderous, ominous noise. When the rhythm did break to the forefront some 15 minutes later, it was in offbeat time signatures, tripping and skipping into between heavy chords. Is interesting stuff, mind-twisting and not immediately accessible but certainly cutting edge. The crowd in the club was light and they hung back, taking it in.
Thirty minutes into their set, they broke into a chilled out reggae groove, moving briefly into a more melodic section and dropping beats that got the slowly gathering crowd moving. As the set moved toward its conclusion, they circled back to the fuzz, this time supplemented by truly body-shaking bass.
Okayplayer is the legendary hip-hop community site founded by the Roots more than 15 years ago. This showcase was produced in coordination with Okayfuture, the new electronic wing of the site. As such, the openers lived up to the new site's promise with a wildly adventurous outlook and a truly forward-aiming bent.