With Carnival now in full swing, it's no surprise that the caliber of the city's music calendars is as elevated as the spirit of the season. That includes a jam-packed Mardi Gras lineup at RepublicNOLA, which kicks off this Saturday, February 3, with a mind-bending sonic display from elite soundsmith Thriftworks.
Berkeley, California-based DJ/producer Jake Atlas, performing under the stage moniker Thriftworks, has proven himself a true master of the art of sound design. His command of minute audible details is surpassed only by his ability to weave those elements into kinetic, contextualized dance music. But he does so with an understated effortlessness that prevents his compositions from feeling too busy or overwrought with noise.
Thriftworks's most recent release, The Feather and the Sword (2017), maintains the ambient, downtempo style that grounds his discography. But true to his amorphous aesthetic, Thriftworks explores a range of dynamics, from the delicate percussiveness of "Off the Hill" to the massive, raucous production behind "Flap Jack's Revenge." The five-track album is a welcome follow-up to his last full-length release, the hip hop-grounded Red Leopard (2016). But with nearly a year since his latest recording effort, a new album is likely on the horizon.
Direct support for Thriftworks comes from resident Church* DJ/producer Rekanize, who will undoubtedly channel those Sunday late-night bass vibes as he warms up the Republic NOLA crowd. And fellow local DJ/producer Zupparty will close out the evening with a late-night set fit for the freaks emerging just in time for Carnival revelry.
Winter Circle Productions began in 2009 as an independent promotion and production house to attract music that its founders felt was missing from a post-Katrina New Orleans. Creator of BUKU Music + Art Project and two-time recipient of the Offbeat Best Promoter Award, WCP is now positioned as one of the most trusted tastemakers on the Gulf Coast, having produced hundreds of shows across many musical genres in dozens of venues. In July 2015, after six years at the indie grind, WCP was happy to find a home at AEG Live where it now runs its Gulf Coast regional office. Specializing in the unique and progressive, WCP strives to bring new ideas and concepts to the table and reward attendees with unforgettable experiences and long-lasting impressions.
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Founded in 2010 by Winter Circle Productions right before the American dubstep wave, BASSIK was the first monthly event in the Gulf Coast region to build a brand around underground bass culture. Since then, BASSIK has expanded to include other sub-genres of EDM and maintains its reputation for a high level of production and top-notch international talent