Burrowing into liminal space, that forgotten zone between the organic and the inorganic, reality and surreality, that’s the place Bluetech calls home. Boundless cosmic beats stretch out across sprawling ambient soundscapes. Melodic strings pluck and shimmer; echoing voices expand and contract over the electronic landscape. You can’t pin down Evan Bartholomew, and there’s no sense trying.
Over a decade of releases has brought Bluetech’s music to fans of downtempo, future bass, and progressive electronic music, rife with emotional intent, and polyrhythmic percussion. From his homebase in the far-flung islands of Hawai’i, Bartholomew transcends the constructs normally associated with a calculated ‘electronic artist,’ pursuing music with meaning and purpose. Choosing to spend his off-stage time meticulously tweaking precision productions, building the solar-powered studio of his dreams, running his music and arts webzine Nomadculture.net, or putting in time on his Critical Beats imprint—dedicated to preserving and protecting Earth’s remaining rainforests—Evan shirks preconceptions of fellow superstar producers.
There’s no bravado, no boasting; just the gentle tendrils of careful composition stretching and seeking; awakening, inspiring, and delighting fans across the country and around the world. Bluetech’s forthcoming collection, Spacehop Chronicles Vol 1, sets out to explore a new realm of his unique music, pulling equally on his training as a classical musician with nomadic harmonic progressions and a deep awareness of music as a kinetic force with body moving beat mechanics, and as always, it’s all inside that space in-between.Jeff McIlwain has been producing his visceral, melodic strain of abstract electronic music as Lusine for over 10 years now. Originally a Texas native, McIlwain met Shad Scott while living in LA and put out his self titled debut on Scott’s imprint, Isophlux. He relocated to Seattle in late 2002 and began steadily releasing his music on Ghostly International. McIlwain has also contributed tracks to various compilations and remix releases on Mute, !K7, Kompakt, Asthmatic Kitty, and Shitkatapult. In 2009, he released the album, ‘A Certain Distance’, which featured the single, ‘Two Dots.’ He followed that with another full length, titled ‘The Waiting Room’ in late 2013. His latest release, the ‘Arterial EP’ came out in 2014.
McIlwain has performed throughout the US and abroad, including the SXSW, Mutek, DEMF, and Sonar festivals, and sets at London’s esteemed Fabric nightclub, Tokyo’s Unit, and Berlin’s Berghain and Watergate nightclubs. He has been involved in the scoring of various film and commercial projects: co-scoring (with David Wingo) the 2008 film ‘Snow Angels’ (with Kate Beckinsale and Sam Rockwell), and ‘The Sitter’ (Jonah Hill) and scoring the 2009 film ‘Linewatch’ (with Cuba Gooding Jr. and Omari Hardwick). McIlwain teamed up with David Wingo again in 2013 to score the film ‘Joe’ (Nicolas Cage) . He is just beginning work on a future album and is prepping new material for upcoming shows in 2015.Formerly known as Intellitard, Secret Recipe is a new cosmic and squishy bass music endeavor from Benji Hannus. A resident and founder of Oakland’s ever popular Wormhole Wednesdays, Secret Recipe blends together a unique medley of sounds that weaves together sparkling melodies and squelchy whomps with layers of psychedelic intricacies stacked over driving gangster rhythms. Having spent years honing his craft and touring along side other prominent upcoming artists such as Perkulat0r and Diversa under the name Intellitard, Secret Recipe promises to serve up and deliver the fresh flavors you’ve been craving.